Sunday, June 20, 2010

Leggy Fashion Models, Drooling Band Boys

A long time ago in the 60s and 70s, way before Jade Seah and Nadya Hutagalung appeared on our local catwalk, Singapore had its share of beautiful, leggy and sexy fashion models.

One of the more popular modelling agencies that had these damsels was Joan Booty's.Annual dinner and dance events held by business organisations had top bands, pop artistes, comedians and variety shows to entertain the staff but they were incomplete without these agencies providing models to strut the stage of the hotels, theatres and nightclubs in Singapore.

So wherever the get-together was held, these ladies provided the oomph and glamour and the more revealing the girls were, the larger the members in the audience and louder the wolf whistles.

When I spoke to the 60s band boys about such events and the live music they provided as the models appeared on stage, one comment was, "We try to play the simplest tunes with the simplest chords because we'd rather drool over the girls and their swimming costume changes than think of our guitar chord changes."

The statement is meant more as a joke because the bands take their music accompaniment of models on stage seriously, so woe betide those bands that are frivolous or non-professional because they will not get another contract the next time around.

[Note: Spelling of 'boutique' to 'Bootigue' understandable but why 'gue' and not 'que'? The above advertisement appeared in a souvenir magazine for White And Blue Nite at the Victoria Memorial Hall on Saturday,
28th February, 1970.

The dance was to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the P.I.E.U. Bridgestone Branch and sponsored by Bridgestone Singapore Company (Private) Ltd. Anyone attended this function?]

The band in attendance was The Stylers and the compere was Larry Lai. Hey LL, you remember this one?
                                                 Illustration of a leggy young lady.

Original article: Andy Lim.
Image: Randy Lee Collection.


Roger said...

You are appreciative of the OS. Doubtless you are YAH YAH ( young at heart). Studies have shown those who still retain the YAH YAH spirit are assured of longetivity.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Just repeating stories the boys related Roger.

I am not really YAH, YAH. Longevity must come with good health, otherwise it is useless.

Thank you for visiting.

Roger said...

Eye-catching pic nonetheless. Makes my heart skip a beat!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Eye-catching for those in the 1960s and 1970s. I don't know now.

But if you have seen Joan Booty's models personally they are a pretty lot. I have a friend who's dated some of them.

Hey, we're discussing music here!