Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Personal Choice Of Singapore Pops (Part I)

Silver Strings with Mike n Herb on stage.
I am trying to ease the trauma and tragedy of these past weeks and the postings I had of the Japanese tsunami, the radioactive leak and the passing away of a great, pop 60s keyboardist friend... So, change of subject.

Young Matthew Tan

Friends have asked me my list of favourite songs by Singapore 60s artistes. They noticed that all the songs I love are not Singapore ones. It is a long list but I thought about it and decided that the eleven songs below could be my choice. Some of the hits are covers of US and British ones sung by our artistes while others are originals by Singaporeans Robert Suriya, Henry Chua, Matthew Tan, Shirley Nair, Harvey Fitzgerald and others.

Sensual and brooding Rita Chao
I have included The Blue Diamonds' Ramona under local as Ruud and Riem de Wolffe are so familiar in our music scene. In fact I like them better than The Everlys. Rudy has passed on but Riem is somewhat Singaporean. The songs are not in any particular order. And remember, we were young then, in our 20s?

1. Shanty - The Quests.

2. Ramona - The Blue Diamonds.

3. Singapore Cowboy - Matthew n The Mandarins.

4. It's All Over - Naomi n The Boys.

5. My Lonely Heart - The Thunderbirds.

6. Happy, Happy, Birthday Baby (Chinese) - Rita Chao.

7. Mr. Twister - The Crescendos.

8. I Believe - The Tidbits.

9. Do It Right - Benny n The Trailers.

10. You're The Boy - Shirley Nair n Silver Strings.

11. Sausalito - Western Union Band.

And the song that transports me back to the 60s? Most of them. Do you have a local 60s or 70s favourite?

Images: The LIFE Records Ltd, Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Andy Lim Collection and Google Websites.


Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

I couldn't resist this one!

And as you have put 11 songs into your Top 10, I thought I could get away with 12!

The Trailers – Don’t Laugh (You’ll Cry)

Mike and Herb and The Silver Strings – I’ve Been A Fool

A. Ramlie & The Rythmn Boys – Hidup Bersama

The Jets – Lonely Time

The Boys – To Be A Woman/Walk Back to Me [both sides of this 45 are great]

The Clansmen – Sir Barclay More

Rita Chao and The Quests – Hanky Panky

The Swallows – La-O-Be

The Thunderbirds – Hey! Girl

Ronnie Ong – Buttons and Bows

Keith Locke and The Quests – I Want A Home

Sanisah Huri & The Terwellos – Siapa Gerangan


Lam Chun See said...

I thought Happy Happy Birthday was by Naomi and the Boys. Anyway, my favourite was Sausalito.

Suddenly I remember the DJ turned singer called Paul Cheong. His voice a bit weak, but still not too bad. Probably in the 80's.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Wow Steve,
I like your list but I don't know "Siapa Gerangan.' Must search for it soon.

Thanks for the feedback and contribution. Been missing your comments.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Rita Chao has a Chinese version. You can listen to it at the side-bar provided by a You Tube contributor.

Yes 'Sausalito', by J. Vos, was arranged and produced by Jap Chong.

Paul Cheong had two LPs, produced in 1978 and 1979 but most of the songs were covers.

Thanks for visiting Chun See.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Looking at Steve's listing, perhaps a song by The Swallows then, 'Mak Itty, Mak Illa'.

Anonymous said...

Hi,there was a local band from Novena Church,who won the "Bee Gees of Singapore contest.They were called "Glass Onion".They also cut a single under Life Records produced by Jap Chong.How come no mention is made of them although they were a popular as WUB with their single "Purple Lady" hitting the charts in M'sia

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Anon,
Thanks for the query. Mine is a personal list of songs I love. No mention was made because Purple Lady by Glass Onion is not a personal choice.

Would you like to list the 10 or 12 Singapore 60s songs you like so I could publish it on the blog?

Please do so because I sure readers would be interested since there are thousands of songs in English, Chinese and Malay (including Indian too) that are loved by many in the 60s.

johnny yeow said...

not forgetting M Noor (passed) with Night Shadows with Puspa Dewi & Bunga Raya