|Silver Strings with Mike n Herb on stage.|
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.