A singer from both Singapore and Malaysia, he passed away on the last day of June 2019. In Singapore, he was known for his rendition of songs by living legend Tom Jones; the nickname stayed.
A. Halil sang Malay songs and as an artiste his evergreens included Renungan Matamu and Lenggang Mak Limah. He launched his first album in 1977 with the EMI record label. He issued five other albums and became one of the most popular male Malay singers by the end of the 1970s and early 1980s.
Halil was born in Perak and moved to Singapore at the age of six years with his family where they decided to settle on the lovely island state. He made his name with his naturally powerful baritone voice and good looks. Besides Tom Jones, his voice was even compared to the 50s US jazz singer and trumpeter Mr. Louis Armstrong.
Like many singers in that era, he started his career by singing at Malay weddings in the early 1970s and then went on to perform in more fashionable places before appearing on a regular basis at The Lost Horizon, Shangri-La Hotel. He was popular on both sides of the causeway but had been residing in Kuala Lumpur since 1985.
On 7th November 2015, he walked down memory lane when he held a solo concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio and sang Kemesraan, Tinggalan Kenangan, Joget Bunga Melati among other Malay hits he recorded. Halil always had sold out tickets for his performances over the past three decades. With a voice and personality to match, he was a star indeed.
Halil Chik with TINGGAL KENANGAN, a song so beautiful, a voice so powerful.
Rest in Peace Halil Chik. This blog and its readers send condolences to his family.
Kenangan yang indah
Sungguh mesra dan bahagia
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