Even before Stephanie Sun and JJ Lin stepped into the limelight and stardust of the international arena, we have a music maker who has made a name for himself beyond our shores way back when in the 1970's.
You must know Air Supply? Well, let's find out who was the Singapore guitar hero accompanying the Australian group from July 1977. Here's drummer and this blog's regular contributor John Cher, on this anniversary special posting, to tell us about another of his music buddies.
Rex Goh was the first Singaporean to join the ranks of rock music superstars. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best known pop guitarist that Singapore has ever produced.
One of the first places he played at was; The Pub, a disco at Hotel Malaysia, later to become Marco Polo Hotel. The band's name was 1 2 3. Another local guitar hero, the late Reggie Verghese (lead guitar: The Quests) praised Rex and said that, " he was very good and that his guitar had that certain sound".
Rex migrated to Australia at aged 21. All for love and for music! At a point in history when even Bruce Lee had to face racial discrimination it is not hard to imagine the challenges that Rex had to face to break into the music scene in a white man's world.
But he not only broke into it, he made it to the peak and performed with the best in the business. In 1973 Rex was voted the best guitarist in South Australia - a title which brought him much deserved recognition.
He auditioned and became the lead guitarist of Air Supply. The group toured the entire length and breath of Australia. But the real big, dream break came when Air Supply toured the U.S. and was the supporting act for Rod Stewart.
Among other venues, Air Supply played at Madison Square Garden. On opening night, Rex said his legs were shaking. Playing to a cheering crowd of about 80,000 people. It was a fantasy come true. It really couldn't get bigger than Madison Square Garden. They did 52 concerts in America.
A neighbour and well known local musician, Benny Chan, encouraged him to do so. (Benny used to be with The Checkmates, Richard Ortega and The Ortegas, which played at the Tiara Supper Club at The Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore).
Besides Air Supply, Rex has played for Glen Campbell, Savage Garden, Tom Jones, The Supremes, Randy Crawford, Temptations, Soul Decision, Eurogliders, Renee Geyer, Tommy Emmanuel and Wes Carr. The list goes on.