"In 1987 for the first time I decided to join a church group. This was the Music Ministry of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Quite strangely it was through this group that I really got to know Peter Chua Hung Yong. Mr Talentime himself.
Henry had his own band and he had this fantastic guitarist. When I first saw him play, I was blown away. He was probably about 15 years old then. The man was Rex Goh (image right). Years later to be the lead guitarist of Air Supply!
Back in those days, with the exception of Tracy Huang, I think an artiste is well known either on Channel 5 or on Channel 8. But not on both. In the case of Peter he was well known on both channels, meaning he is known to both the English and Chinese speaking audiences.
Some of your readers will recall that Peter appeared on the original Rollin' Good Times with Douglas Oliviero and Lauretta Alabons some years ago. His fans must have missed him for the recent RGT series which was aired in May this year.
He still gets lots of invites to sing at both commercial and charity events. He enjoys these functions as he gets an avenue to keep in touch with his passion for singing and music and to meet with old friends. In October this year, Peter will be the guest singer for Jerry Fernandez at the Pek Kio Performance Hall.
I wish that the producers at MediaCorp will plan a music show featuring artists such as Peter Chua and others from his era. This would facilitate to record the works of our very own singers and musicians. It is a matter of time before it is too late to ever do it! And that would be another opportunity lost.
Thanks again to John who has so obligingly contributed another post.