Monday, February 23, 2015

Wilson David With Bassist Alan Poh's Songs

One of the more well- known singers in the sixties Wilson David was a name to contend with. Together with other local pop singers Mr David drew crowds to the shows they performed in. They had fans from all over Singapore and from our neighboring countries like Malaya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei and even Thailand.

Pop concert sponsors and those interested in promoting our talents introduced these young and budding artistes to recording companies. Philips, RCA, Cosdel, EMI and a few other well-known ones took the opportunity to contract them for vinyl releases.

The singers were paired off with local guitar groups and papers were signed and sealed. One of the most respected recording companies, Philips, used the studio at Kinetex Singapore and had David with his backing group The Jets to accompany him singing four songs.
Two of them were covers from the fifties; "Jezebel" by Frankie Laine and "Yours" by Vera Lynn. The other two, originals by Alan Poh (image: 2nd from right) and bassist with the Jets were, "I'll Never Be Mad At You" and "I Love To Be By Your Side." It was necessary by then to have original songs in the repertoire for local releases.

The fact that David was also Singapore's answer to Elvis Presley made the recording and advanced publicity all the more important for its success. Below is the write up on the back sleeve cover of "Wilson David accompanied by The Jets."

Some Sleeves Speak:

"Born on October 4th, 1940, Wilson David started his singing career when he was only sixteen.  Slowly but surely he managed to build himself up to such an extent that for the last three years he has been able to maintain his position as the beat king all over Malaysia. Yes Wilson is undoubtedly the teenage solo singing craze nowadays, for every time he makes a public appearance, it is only with great difficulty that he tears himself away from his screaming, clapping audience.
Wilson's greatest assets are a good mellow voice with an equally good range and style, and a terrific sense of rhythm and showmanship. Wilson is a perfectionist by nature and is never satisfied with his own performance regardless of how well he is received.  He always feels he should have done better since his one aim is to satisfy his listener to the fullest.

From the muscle wrenching glory of the athletic track to the limelight in rhythm and blues to the torrid tempos of the bongos, that's the life of Wilson David, who is currently the undisputed idol of the local teenage pop fans..."

How come today's Singapore boys and girls are not screaming for our own home grown artistes?

Images: Personal Collection.
Article: Original and Back Sleeve Cover Write-up.
You can read more about these artistes by clicking on Labels below.


Ronnie See said...

Wishing you and family A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Wondeful Lunar New Year. Warmest Regards


My dear friends,


"The Quest was also backing a singer named Wilson David, the Cliff Richard of Singapore. It was with David that The Quests found themselves auditioning for EMI. Daisy Devan, was the A&R (artiste and repertoire) manager and when they heard the playback, Devan was sure she had a top act on her hands. She wanted to record The Quests — but not David, who later got his own recording deal."


With the addition of Siri Pereira as lead vocalist for a brief period, the band became known as Siri Pereira and The Quests. When Wilson David replaced Pereira, the band became known as Wilson David and The Quests. Due to David's reputation as the "Elvis Presley of Singapore", the band added a number of Elvis songs to their repertoire.


For a while, he was backed by The Quests, and together they put up many stage acts, such as at Goodwood Park Hotel. In 1964, Wilson David and The Quests were invited to audition with EMI, but in the end, only The Quests were signed up (and they recorded their first single, 'Shanty'). Nonetheless, Wilson David later went on to record under the Philips label.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Information have been taken from other media publications to enhance the posting.

chakapchakap said...

Nice guys, The Jets. They had an original singer too. Thomas Ang. Whatever happened to him.

Addison Ho said...

There is magic in the music we make! s
(smile emoticon) Kudos for pioneering the music wave locally.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Addison. Glad I'm getting positive vibes from the young generation.

Daisy said...

Anyone know the whereabouts of William David, I am his niece and am in Singapore until 2/6/2018. Email address :

Daisy said...

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Wilson David. I am his niece. I am from the U.S. and leaving Singapore the morning of 3/6/2018. My email address :