It has been exciting days and nights for most Singaporeans especially for those associated with swimming at home and internationally.
Joseph Schooling, a 21 year old Singaporean, handsome, tall and very appealing, won the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, clocking 50.39 seconds. 4D lottery booths all over the country were cashing in when gamblers, young and senior, bought this favourite combination.
Unless our sports champions clinch more golds in 2020, I was wondering what popular 60's songs I could put up for the swim champ, his family and Singapore to celebrate this once in a life time occasion.
Because of the season, mood and extreme enthrallment I remember the very energetic and limb shaking, hot instrumental by the Surfaris called *Wipe Out. It was by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson and has been featured in at least 20 movies.
The introductory drum solo with its incessant heart beating rhythm would have definitely been a hit had it been played during the Rio swim event before Schooling jumped in. So I'm reviving a classic. It was a big hit when this song came to Singapore.
In the 1960's many local guitar groups were playing it with Apache and other melodies at our National Theatre. Hopefully The Silver Strings will play this one during our September 18th performance at the National Library.
Another song that came to mind was a dance craze called, The Swim, by singer Bobby Freeman. It was another top hit in the year 1964 as it created another dance concept where enthusiasts were literally swimming on the floor (check video). I have selected another of his hits called, Cmon And Swim since it out swum his first song right up to #5 (Wiki).
So for the biggest hero this Singapore century, here's one from the blog for the fastest swimmer in the international pool 2016, Joseph Schooling.
Congratulations sir. These swim songs are for you and your parents (60's music folks I hope). You make us all proud. Thank you.
This article is a personal perspective.
*Wipe Out: Terminating a ride ungracefully (as in falling off your surfboard).
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