Thank you Michael.
Singapore 60's Music and Overseas Influence:
In the wake of the recent demise of many of the great artistes, I would like to pay homage to our local music stars who are no long with us.
A teenager in the early 60's and still a student, I was a very keen fan of the Singapore bands and solo artistes of our own music scene. I listened and appreciated the pre-rock and roll era with performers like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Patti Page and others.
Even early country and western stars like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hank Williams, Left Frizzell, Patsy Cline, Lynn Anderson (video) and a whole lot of other cowpokes.
Then rock and roll exploded on the scene with the likes of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, (all Afro-American artistes). There's Pat Boone, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and others. Leading the pack was this kid from Tupelo Memphis who was later bestowed the title, the King of Rock and Roll.
All this new music had a tremendous effect on the rest of the world including Singapore, especially across the Atlantic in Great Britain. It influenced this surge of the great British Invasion of bands and artistes.
The British Invasion: Pop vocal groups and instrumental groups, Searchers, Kinks, Gerry n Pacemakers, Cliff Richard (singer), Shadows, Jumping Jewels.
They all took American rock and roll to a whole new level. But prior to this invasion phenomena, one Cliff Richard and his back band, The Shadows was rocking the rest of the world. Somehow though, they did not make it big in the US, in fact they didn't make it at all in Yankee Doodle land).
They were the largest influence on the early Singapore bands. Also an early influence, Johnny Lion and His Jumping Jewels and to some extent The Ventures with their brand of guitar-based instrumentals. Similarly, independent of the singers, The Shadows and Jumping Jewels were also guitar instrumentalists par excellence.
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Cliff Richard n Shadows with Gee Whiz It's You Video from: rockabillie.
Video: You Tube: Whatzupduck.