(The Quests version was taken off this blog. Hope this one stays.)
Allan Thompson, a regular writer on this blog, wrote to me a few days ago after reading the last posting about the SS 50th Anniversary gig:
"Congratulations on the great success of the Orchard Road and Silver Strings concerts. You really do have a great music scene in Singapore and it is good that the veteran artists receive such a wonderful reception."
NB: It is a learning experience for me and I am guilty again of not finding out the origin and composer of some songs that I am aware of. Again, a big thank you Allan for providing this piece of information.
About the song: Mr. Rainbow.
I have recently realised that The Quests have a connection with my friend, John Alder, better known as Twink, who was the drummer with Tomorrow.
The Quests covered Mr. Rainbow which was one of the songs recorded by Tomorrow for Mark Wirtz's ill-fated Teenage Opera project. Twink himself recorded a version of the song several years later.
The version by The Quests is very good and comes close to the original. Mark Wirtz actually resurrected the Teenage Opera on CD a few years ago by bringing together all the recordings of the original music which had been made by various musicians back in the 1960s.
Mark Wirtz: A Teenage Opera recorded in 1967.
It is a great shame that after the success of Grocer Jack and, to a lesser extent, Sam, the opera did not materialise at the time. I have much more information on Twink/John Alder if it is of interest to you.
Congratulations once again on the successful reunions.
(Allan Thompson: Information Copyrights Reserved).
Recording/Poster from EMI Music.