Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Academy Award Oscar Original Song Recorded By Singaporean in 1968

Many of the 60's pop songs that we are familiar with today have won the Academy Award Oscars in the past. Below is a list of songs that hit the high notes from 1960 to 1969 and won the Oscar. 

You will be surprised at the number of songs you know. The original songs below, specifically written for a movie, were awarded for Best Original Song of that particular year and presented to the songwriter, not the singer:

Movie: Never On Sunday
Song:  Never On Sunday  

Movie: Breakfast At Tiffany's
Song:  Moon River

Movie: Days of Wine and Roses
Song:  Days of Wine and Roses

Movie: Papa's Delicate Condition
Song:  Call Me Irresponsible

Movie: Mary Poppins
Song:  Chim Chim Cheree

Movie: The Sandpiper
Song: The Shadow Of Your Smile
Local Malay singer Sugiman Jahuri with the Mathis' voice recorded it on vinyl.

Movie: Born Free
Song:  Born Free

Movie: Dr Dolittle
Song:  Talk To The Animals

Movie: The  Thomas Crown Affair
Song:   The Windmills Of Your Mind

Movie: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Song:  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

As popular as the movie the song, Born Free by John Barry (music) and Don Black (lyrics) from 1966, was so much in demand during requests programmes that local Malay singer Sugiman Jahuri recorded it on Columbia Records vinyl but only two years later in 1968 (image above).  

The man from Pulau Bukom (an offshore island) went on to be a star both on television and on the radio/Rediffusion. He was the Johnny Mathis of Singapore and recorded, It's Not For Me To Say on the same vinyl.

Check Sugiman's other vinyl recording:
Come Saturday Morning (The Sterile Cuckoo) The Sandpipers Video: ultra taro.

The other nominated songs which were just as popular but did not win an Oscar included these ones below. In fact, they could have won too. Most of them are so popular they hit the charts just as well:

The Green Leaves of Summer (The Alamo)
Charade (Charade)
More (Mondo Cane)

The Sweetheart Tree (The Great Race)
I Will Wait For You (The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg)
What's New Pussycat? (What's New Pussycat?)

Alfie (Alfie)
Georgy Girl (Georgy Girl)
The Look Of Love (Casino Royale)

Come Saturday Morning (The Sterile Cuckoo)
Jean (The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie)
Images: Google
Video: YouTube by ultra taro

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Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

'Born Free' is not a favourite with me, but it was definitely a popular song and it should be no surprise that it was covered by other artists from Singapore as well. Kartinah Dahari (credited simply as Tina) recorded it for an EP with The Quests. It also appeared sung in Chinese on an EP by a band called The Flamingoes who I think were also from Singapore.

Nancy Sit and Chao Pan Chu from Hong Kong also recorded it.



ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Steve for the extra information you provided.

It will be helpful if other readers, familiar with Singapore's music scene, provide more data.