Sunday, October 21, 2012

Penang Yodeller Bryan Jeremiah: Bakat TV 1971

Born in 1949, Bryan Aloysius Jeremiah won Radio Malaysia's Talentime in 1967 at aged 18 as he  astounded Malaysian audiences with his country and western Slim Whitman inspired yodelling.  Since then he had participated in numerous talent shows singing and accompanying himself on the guitar.

In 1971 he became one of the finalists in Bakat TV, Malaysia and sang, Love Knot In My Lariat a popular Whitman hit. This talent contest attracted the best from the local pop music scene which included the late guitarist Paul Ponnudorai, singer Sudirman Arshad, the Silhouettes, Strange Brew, and Shagul Hamid amongst many others.
Youthful yodeller Bryan Jeremiah.
Jeremiah had studied at St Xavier’s Institution in Penang, Malaysia and was known not only as a singer on stage but also as a sports enthusiast on the field. As he progressed in the entertainment industry his love for the media led him to be a broadcaster for Radio Malaysia as he honed his singing and yodelling talent.
According to his daughter *Dawn Jeremiah, "My dad is one of the hardest working people I know, acquiring his life lessons by overcoming various challenges growing up in Penang in the 1960s.  He is a talented individual with closets of trophies from everything ranging from football to badminton to ping-pong to bowling to hockey."

The very popular Bakat TV Series in Malaysia.
 In an article about Father's Day in 2010 she added that, "The one award that wasn’t derived from sports was for Radio Talentime 1971, in which he secured top placing. He then proceeded to compete as a finalist in the RTM’s Bakat TV 1971 with the song Love Knot in My Lariat."  Jeremiah came in ninth.

Apparently his talent was a gift because he stood up from his baby cot when he was two years old to hum and mumble the words to Buttons and Bows, a 1947 Bob Hope song which was playing on the radio.  Bryan Jeremiah went on to be recognised as one of the most popular artistes and shared the limelight with a host of other Malaysian entertainers.  As a hard-working professional he was a dedicated logistics specialist but he had since passed away in October, 2012 at 63 years young.

Bryan Jeremiah in later years.
There are a few more articles about Penang and other Malaysian music makers on this blog. You can check out Dr. Lee Yan San, Alfred Ho, Paul Ponnudorai, Rocky Teoh, The Fabulous Falcons, HT Long, Kamahl, The Valiants etc. as each has a story to tell. Just click the connection Malaysian Idols under Labels below.

*Penangite Dawn Jeremiah has a passion for television and journalism and is a senior marketing executive at a high definition lifestyle channel. A part-time actress, this 1st runner up in the Miss Malaysia World 2007 pageant can be seen in the coming-of-age television series K.I.T.A., every Monday at 10pm on Astro Ria.

Thanks to Larry Lai for the connection.
Images from You Tube Video by Dawn Jeremiah.

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ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

'Love Knot in my Lariat' has been sung by numerous CnW artistes like Canadian yodeller Wilf Carter, Stew Clayton, Corb Lund, Reg Lindsay and famous Frank Ifield.

YOUTUBE said...

Wilf Carter has been an influence on other artists, particularly Slim Whitman, who has sung several of Carter's songs, and had considerable success in Britain with "Love Knot In My Lariat".

Wilf Carter (Montana Slim) was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall Of Fame in 1971.

SAKURA said...

Sakura Teng who sang regularly in Singapore during the 60s can yodel too.

Her yodelling can be heard in: 'I Don't Care if Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'Rock n Roll Yodelling Guy'.

Just click her name above.

Anonymous said...

I remember Bryan very well, a truly gifted singer. Rest in peace, Bryan

From a former resident of Pulau Tikus

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you very much for your comment and visit.

If you wish please tell the readers your experience when you saw Bryan perform.

And where exactly is Pulau Tikus?


Pulau Tikus or 'Rat Island’ is said to be named after an actual Pulau Tikus isle - a small rocky island shaped like a mouse, located about 2km away from the north-eastern coast of Penang island.

It is not an island nor is the whole area infested with rats or mice but the area is considered one of the most "upper class" and prominent neighborhoods in Penang.

It has a fair share of mansions, bungalows and colonial buildings, high-rise condominiums (such as those in Gurney Drive) as well as many first class international hotels and resorts.

It's no wonder that the late prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman chose to live his retirement years in Pulau Tikus.


LL said...

Good post. Will share later when I crank up the desktop.



Andy has a post commemorating the late Bryan Jeremiah, a Penangite and entertainer who was known for his yodelling in the 1970s. Jeremiah passed away this month...

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you 'noelbynature' for helping spread this 60s music blog to others.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks again Larry Lai for extending this blog to your music-loving friends.