Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Oldies But Goodies Keep Seniors Jiving The Nite

Oldies But Goodies with Eric, Irene, Ioleen, Audie and Patrick.
Even today a new 60s band is in the making with active music veterans in the line-up. Rightly so, Oldies But Goodies not only describe the songs they sing and play but also about the members themselves. 

From left stands Eric Chia experienced lead guitarist, Irene Yap former recording artiste last seen and heard fronting Locomotion, and Ioleen Chia who plays the drums like Ringo but sings like Paul.  The guy on bass guitar needs no introduction. Boss of  The Silver Strings and now this band, Audie Ng still leads the pack.  On the extreme right is Patrick Chan who strums and sings with the personality of a tough Texan cowboy.

Irene sings Chubby Checker.
They made their appearance on Friday 5th July 2013 at the Corpthone King's Bar at Havelock Road. It was a one hour show and the floor was packed with rock and rollers enjoying themselves to classics like Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Where the Boys are, Let's Twist Again and Burung Kakak Tua. Instrumentals included Willy and His Giants pop hit, Ajoen, Ajoen and a Boy and His Rollin' Kids favourite, Midnight In Malaya.

In the heat of the beat.
While sexy songstress Irene faced the colourful disco lights, the band remained faithfully in the background accompanying her solo pieces.  With her alluring vocals she warmed and drew the mostly senior dancers to the floor.  She was a hit as the crowd clapped after every song that she sang.

When she came over to the bar to join me and her husband Freddy for a breather, drummer *Ioleen burst into flames and gave her own rendition of I Saw Her Standing There.  This petite lady had the house thumping with the song while a group of seniors behind me stood up and screamed throughout the Beatles' number.
Where The Boys Are
Patrick made his debut with Cliff's Young Ones,  Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart and a few other rock goodies.  His voice truly packs a punch. Patrick once played lead with a group called Peddlers. 

Cool Audie with his signature million dollar smile kept the band rolling throughout the night while lead Eric controlled the frets in fierce concentration as melodies flowed for an unforgettable evening of oldies but goodies.

A thank you to Freddy and Irene for the cranberry juice and accompanying me at the Club D Connection Lounge's comfortable bar. Well done guys. Encore performance soon?

*Ioleen Chia is a busker at the Orchard Road area. Check her out!

Images from Audie Ng's Facebook.

(This posting is not an advertisement to promote the band or nightclub.)


IRENE YAP said...

Thank you Andy, it is very nice and I do enjoy the night and the article.

It was a pleasure to finally meet you. We shall catch up again and hopefully have more time to chat.

Sent from my iPad

AUDIE NG said...

Thank you for inserting photos n good comment abt d new band in your blog.

EC said...

Hi Andy, read the write up. Thanx a million.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Mr. Andy any idear if they are doin' any Dino-croons? Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

Thank you so much for your stirring article on our band, the "Oldies but Goodies". Yes, it was the band's stage debut at Corpthone Kings Hotel and I am glad you enjoyed the evening.

As retro-mania has been sweeping the world for sometime, we got our act together mainly to keep 'alive' S'pore's retro-pop nostalgia, way back to the 60s - when it all started with the standard pop band format of 3 electric guitars and a drum set. The rest, they say is history.

Perhaps, we should meet for a drink sometime soon and talk about the good old days. Yah?

Pat Chan

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Pat for the visit. Glad you like the posting. It's always my way of supporting a golden age of music that we once had nearly half a century ago.

Kopi is fine. Anytime.


Hi Andy,

Really do miss the nightlife in Singapore. On my recent visit I played drums and sang with some of the members of the old band, 'I saw her standing there' and 'Whiter shade of pale' were very well received. In fact it was at Actors, the night I met up with Audie.

I also perform with a lot of the local bands... just to keep fit... It is really great.

Oldies but Goodies... it had to be Audie... Ha ha.

Best regards

Sent from my iPad

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Dino Martin Peters for the visit. Yes, I can do some Dean Martin stuff but this particular band is a Ventures or Shadows type band so it is unlikely I can do Dino-crooning with them.

One Michael Goh does Dino impersonations well.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you again for your reply Barry. Glad you keep fit by playing with bands when you are both at home and away.

I hope to see you sing and play one of these days.


Thanks for writing abt the band. Appreciate it. Take care Andy.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Ioleen.

FS said...

As u see ur blog has wide audience and hence auto high profile and its good for bands to spring board back to stardom. Keep it up...

FACEBOOK (5th July 2013) said...

Thanks very much Irene and husband Freddie for the photograph and cranberry drink. It's an evening I will not easily forget, watching you sing accompanied by Audie's band and sipping the cool sweet juice; a meeting of friends with a music connection.
July 6, 2013 at 4:59pm · Like
Adeline Pang SH
Adeline Pang SH Hi Andy, wow what a small small world. Actually Freddie and his wife are my distant relative.
July 6, 2013 at 5:15pm · Like
Irene Yap
Irene Yap The pleasure is all are what I expected you to be when we finally met...a fine gentleman.Btw,.hubby 's name is spelled Freddy...
July 6, 2013 at 5:23pm · Like
Irene Yap
Irene Yap Adeline, are you related to Lester?
July 6, 2013 at 5:23pm · Like
Adeline Pang SH
Adeline Pang SH yes I am unc Lester niece.,
July 6, 2013 at 5:24pm · Like
Irene Yap
Irene Yap Haha.. Just told Freddy and he will prob know better...
July 6, 2013 at 5:27pm · Like
Adeline Pang SH
Adeline Pang SH I am Philip Pang's daughter. . that will jog Freddy memory. .
July 6, 2013 at 5:30pm · Like
Irene Yap
Irene Yap Yes, Freddy guessed correctly...
July 6, 2013 at 5:31pm · Like · 1
Andy Lim
Andy Lim Thanks Irene I will remember to spell Freddy's name correctly from now onwards. And Adeline like you said, what a small world, and a smaller Singapore. Distant relatives? That's interesting...
July 8, 2013 at 3:27pm · Like · 1
Adeline Pang SH
Adeline Pang SH Andy sure the world is so so round. You are my secondary school teacher plus Irene and her hubby are very very close cousins to my family. :)
July 8, 2013 at 3:44pm · Like


Randy Lee Keng
Charlie Yap Locomotion
Elsie Maitland
Peter Phua
Fong Wk
Edward Lee
Sally Lim
Theresa Chang
Dr Louis Castillo
Ebel Tan
Beverly Lim Morata
Mervyn Nonis
Kim Kool
Emily Tan
Lim Huimin
Teresita Magno Papa Kong
Henry Heng
Andrea Low
Irene Francis Rogers
Evelyn Lim Mh
Dicky Low
Wang Doma Bhutia
Thomas Ee


Evelyn Lim Mh Irene ah irene y makeup orh lu lu

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Evelyn Lim Mh, ah, It is the photograher's fault. Back than we only use one particular studio for record cover. I really don't know why it turned out so dark. No make up at all. I was 11 years old.

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Buay heow pan make up leh

Dicky Low
Dicky Low Wow great Irene

Evelyn Lim Mh
Evelyn Lim Mh walau 11 only... u very can

Irene Francis Rogers
Irene Francis Rogers So cute 😜

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thank you ah, Dicky, u so kind!

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thanks Irene Francis Rogers. U also cute back than. Now we even cuter hoh?? Hehe

Irene Francis Rogers
Irene Francis Rogers I agree. Lol

Dicky Low
Dicky Low Hey Irene and Irene. Don't stretch it. Hahaha

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Dicky, when you get to this age, every chance you can leh.....hehehe

Teresita MagnoPapa Kong
Teresita MagnoPapa Kong So nice to share this! You looked beautiful then and more so now my dear Irene!

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thank you so much Tez. You are too kind. Pls check out the above by Andy Lim. He writes beautifully on 60's music era. His blog has hit 1 million mark. Yet, he is so humble. No advertisements.

DrLouis Castillo
DrLouis Castillo Marvellous brilliant super-duper Irene a petit lady with a big heart 😇

Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thank you DrLouis Castillo! You are too kind.