Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stevie Loraine, Terry Marsden, Dukes, Clansmen

"Stevie Loraine (left) makes an impact on listeners. The quality of her voice, the feeling and depth in her singing and the instinctive way she has with a song - these belong to one who has been in the business for many years. But not in Stevie's case - for she is an amateur, has never sung in public before this record was made and has never had a singing lesson in her life either! Little wonder, she has been labelled a bundle of 'natural talent' and a recording manager's dream.

So much feeling was put into the song, Moments (written for her by Terry Marsden) that Stevie emerged from the studio with tears streaming down her face. That gives you some idea into the sincerity she puts into her singing.

Listen to the standard, There Goes My Heart; the original composed jointly by Tisana and Terry Marsden: Not Around and the second oldie Watermelon Man and judge for yourself the potential in this new voice.

Stevie's record will not be her last - this girl is all set to reach new heights in the recording world, and she has what it takes too (Philips: ME-0158-SE)."
I think when Zainal Abidin (Dukes bass guitarist) reads this posting he will have comments to make, since the Dukes are responsible for the "basic backing" on this EP vinyl called, Sweet Moments With Stevie Loraine.

Stevie cut another vinyl with The Clansmen (right image) on Philips ME-0196-SE, singing Walk With Me, If You Always Say, Do-Re-Me and It's Gonna Be. The second and fourth songs are originals by Terry again.

The Clansmen sounds like a British group but they are actually our local boys consisting of Abdullah Abu on lead guitar, Derrick Nunis on rhythm guitar, Raymond Lazaroo on bass guitar and Philip Monteiro on drums (back-sleeve cover).

This posting and others with SOME SLEEVES SPEAK labels are only for surfers who do not possess the vinyls but are interested in the information provided about our local bands and singers. There is no intention to waste the readers' time.
Image: Universal Music Singapore. Andy Lim Collection.


Anonymous said...

I remember Stevie Loraine when I was at Changi in the mid-1960s and remember her with great affection. I played pathetic bass for one night only in 1964 with an RAF band called The Desperadoes at Fairey Point officers' club. The other members of the band were Alan Fish on lead guitar, Colin Fish on rhythm guitar, and Bruce Sorley on drums. Alan Fish now has his own band called Egypt and plays in East Anglia regularly with them. He also played in The Groundhogs some years back. He plays bass rather than lead these days.
Best wishes, Allan Thompson, Norfolk, England.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Allan,
Thanks for the information and contribution to this blog.

The data provided will go a long way to help local biographers, film makers and National Heritage Board's researchers to produce better and more sophisticated works.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Allan please write again and provide me your email address.

We need your help in establishing some background about the contribution of pop music by the Services in the 60s.

I shall not publish your letter but will write to you personally.
Thanks very much.


Dear Andy, Do you or any of your contacts know anything about Stevie Loraine's life after she left Changi? I think I mentioned to you that I used to see this tall WRAF corporal in the mess but I never knew her personally, although we exchanged polite nods in passing. One of my old chums, Geoff Cheers, who was lead guitarist in The Sonics with me in Northern Ireland in 1963, had an interesting meeting with her in 1965 when he was detached from Ballykelly to Changi. He had been in the City doing some shopping and sightseeing and when he went for a taxi back to Changi village, he noticed that a young lady was also waiting. They shared the taxi and, being a gentleman, he paid the fare when they reached the village. In return, she offered to buy him a beer in one of the bars (probably Tong Sing's) which he accepted. A day or so later, he saw her in the mess and they exchanged greetings, which prompted one of his friends to ask him if he knew that she was a well-known recording artist. He hadn't been aware of that, but he was quite impressed although he had no further contact with her.
Good wishes, Allan.

Unknown said...

Stevie Loraine is a good friend of mine, she is well and still going strong. In her 70's now but still running a landscaping business in the UK but spends +- 6 months of the year here in Penang where I live.

By the way her name is Marion.