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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Gift: Beatles of Malaysia: Mike n Herb

A Christmas Gift for Andy and Readers
Thanks Mike and Herb for the present

When life was simple and the air was pure in Malaysia, two very young boys went on an adventure not many have experienced, perhaps not even today. They did a 240-day pop singing tour of Peninsula Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.
                                         Yesterday and Today

And don't forget their audiences were rural folks who had hardly any electricity or drinking water, let alone a TV or radio set.  But when the heard that the Malaysian Beatles were in their kampong, they headed to the nearest cinemas on bicycles, in carts and rickety trishaws, buses, vans and cars, to watch the mop-hair pair in action. Together with this duo, other top Malayan pop artistes were on stage too. The shows were a treat indeed.

Then they came to Singapore and at the National Theatre the crowd broke loose...

I must thank Mike and Herb , who wrote all the way from Down Under, for sharing their experience with me and my readers. Let's open this Christmas gift.
Hi Andy,

After reading your latest blog on the Ipoh Falcons from Malaysia, it brought back memories of our time with them and I just had to write something about them.

The Falcons were our first group when Herb and I started.  We did a solid eight month tour with them and we performed in every state and town in Malaysia.  
We started in Alor Star then did all the east coast (Kelantan and Trengganu) and also most large towns on the way.  

We were performing almost every night and in most cases two or three shows daily.  The tour took us to many towns like Batu Pahat, Muar, Telok Anson, Seremban and other towns.
Our eight months’ tour was organised by Cathay Organisation and we performed at all their theatres.

Rocky Teoh was with us and we had a great time with him especially when we were driving in his Sunbeam sports car.  He loved speed and for us it was thrilling to be visiting many towns this way.  

On one occasion, Rocky drove us to another town for a visit and we got back very late and the show at which we were due to perform had already started. Management were frantic when we turned up late.  
We had to hurry into our stage clothes and quickly got on stage.  The Falcons had already started playing for the show.  Rocky was also late for his performance as Malaysia’s Elvis, but all the drama was soon forgotten once we took to the stage and did our performances.

Our shows also took us to Kuching (Sarawak), Brunei and all of Sabah.  We must have performed in well over 100 towns in Malaysia and the fans were unbelievable everywhere we went.

The Ipoh Falcons (Christopher, Tony, Tommy and Thomas) were a great bunch of guys and very talented musicians too. We had so many good memories and stories of our eight month tour and I must say Rocky Teoh turned out to be a really good friend until his untimely death at an early age.
After that, Herb and I went to Singapore where we joined the Silver Strings for the start of the 1960‘s pop scene.

After reading your blog on the Ipoh Falcons I wanted people to know that Herb and I started our music career with them. 

Kind Regards,
Mike

NB: 
Readers might have noticed the bill-boards were put up along the Malayan roads near the cinemas they were appearing at. These show-posters were coloured and hand-painted on canvas and common in the 60's. They were an attraction and could draw passers-by and drivers.
              A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW 2017
                
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9 comments:

Victor said...

Ahh... this post rekindled my memory of Mike & Herb singing Wooly Bully by Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs at the Orchid Country Club about 7 years ago. It was a concert of 1960s music at which I met you for the first time after you sang Diana (popularised by Paul Anka). I searched on YouTube and believe that this was the clip which shows Mike & Herb performing Wooly Bully at the Orchid Country Club:

https://youtu.be/Ryy6JtyHShc

Thanks for the memory, Andy.

MIKE said...

Hi Andy,
Thanks for the great write up in your blog and you did a great job setting it up nicely. I will get in touch with Herb and he will be pleased when he sees your blog and the great job you did with the write up.

I will keep in touch and in the meantime have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Regards.

JERRY SARAM said...

Very refreshing

MERLIN LIM (SILVER STRINGS, ORIGINAL RHYTHM GUITARIST) said...

When Mike n Herb teamed up with the Silver Strings, the group grew from 4+1+1. They were staying at Audie's (band leader) house. I don't remember going out to town with them for fun except for lunch or dinner, before or after band practice.

The way Mike and Herb drank tea is mind blowing to me. I would drink tea when it is warm or lukewarm. But Mike and Herb would pour boiling water from the kettle into their tea and sip it right away. It's incredible that they could drink boiling water without getting burnt. It freaked me out!

Please send my regards to them brother. We may have spent more time together but I cannot recall much now. They are really great guys and singers too.

(Merlin Lim was on tour with them for all of their concerts).

OLIVER BALASINGAM (DRUMMER WITH SILVER STRINGS) said...

Though they were styled after and influenced by the Beatles, Mike and Herb could easily have passed up as The Everly Brothers of Malaysia with their close-harmony singing.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

The response to this posting is wonderful. Fans still remember Mike and Herb. Thank you all so much for the early response.

They would love to hear from other fans and friends so if you know Mike and Herb and have seen them on stage, do write in.

JIMMY CHNG (THE DECIBALS GUITAR GROUP) said...

Thanks Andy for yet another interesting post. I remember watching Mike and Herb perform at the National Theatre. Thanks to both of them too for sharing their stories.

MICHAEL BANGAR (RHYTHMIST SILVER STRINGS said...

Firstly thank you Mike and Herb for your lovely christmas gift. The songs, LET 'EM COME and I'VE BEEN A FOOL are great songs and well performed. Great accompaniment by The Silver Strings. Great job on vocals by the duo and the playing of he boys in the band; dick, Audie, Merlin and Danny Boy.

A bit ahead of its time, quality wise. I hope it's not too late to say, "Congratulations guys! Job well done."

The 60's music wise - a great bygone era.

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