Friday, October 04, 2019

Sngapore 60s Music RIP Jay Shotam (October Cherries)

Jay Shotam passed away on 4th October 2019 

Age 71 
Lead singer, composer, songwriter and bass guitarist/keyboardist with The Surfers and The October Cherries with several music albums to his credit.
A loving husband and father, he leaves behind his immediate family, relatives, friends, and fans to mourn his loss.

Tribute From Stephen Han:

I remember the Surfers, with Jay Shotam in the lead, were always practising their songs in a book shop opposite the former Amber Mansion. My house was facing the back of this shop and I enjoyed the music played. 

However, someone who stayed at the Cathay Building and didn't appreciate music complained to the police that the noise was a nuisance.  As the Surfers were playing within the eleven pm hour they were only told to lower their volume. 
I had the pleasure of meeting Jay again at a concert organised by the National Heritage Board in 2002 at Raffles City. The Back To The 60s Show also featured Riem De Wolff (The Blue Diamonds), Vernon Cornelius, Larry Lai, Silah Kassim, and Tan Swee Leong.

Jay Shotam was an easy-going guy and I'm glad to have met him.

RIP Jay.

(Mr. Stephen Han is a good friend and guest blogger. Thank you, Stephen.)

There are many postings about the 'October Cherries' as a band. 
Go to the Content column on the right side of this blog and you can connect.

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2018/03/october-cherries-recording-with-drummer.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2009/12/october-cherries-in-december.html
Written by Jay Shotam and Peter Diaz. Peter sings 'Far Away Now' with the October Cherries. Thank you.

This tribute is written in good faith with positive intention. If there is any objection, please write on the comment page and the post will be deleted immediately. Thank you.

7 comments:

FACEBOOK CHATBOX said...

Andy Young
Stephen Han met Jay Shotam and writes a tribute.
Check out The October Cherries' first album and song.
A personal thanks to Stephen for taking the time.

Rose Khoo
RIP Jay..I heard it yesterday announced by Brian Richmond at FM 90.5

Freda Hanum
It is so really very sad to see one by one of our great time musicians leaving us.
Rest In Peace Jay Shotam May God bless his soul🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


Alphonso Soosay
Jay Shotam. There Are No Goodbyes.
Where Ever You Will Be, You Will Be Remembered.
Rest In Peace My Friend.

Andy Young
Thanks to all for the condolences and for remembering Jay.

FACEBOOK CHATBOX said...

IVOR LESSLAR
ROOP SINGH
ALPHONSO SOOSAY
TAN SER KIONG
FREDA HANUM
ANN ROWENA LIM
ROSE KH
STEPHEN HAN
ANDREW TAN

THANKS TO THE ABOVE FRIENDS WHO KNEW AND REMEMBER JAY.

NICHOLAS STREVENS (KEYBOARDIST: THE SILVER STRINGS) said...

RIP JAY SHOTAM

Jay was a great chap
I remember during my school days listening to THE SURFERS
and even catching them at the National Theatre...
Told myself someday I' gonna be just like them...
And I did...
Just could not understand the change of name at that time...
But say what you like, the band inspired a lot of us...
Showing us the way to trave and sell our music.
RIP JAY
TILL WE MEET AGAIN.

JIMMY APPUDURAI-CHUA (INTERNATIONAL GUITARIST FROM SINGAPORE) said...

He was a friend since the early 60s when
he was a singer with the band THE SURFERS.

FACEBOOK CHATBOX said...

MERLIN LIM
FRANCIS ANTHONY ROZELLS
LIM TIN LEONG
JENNIE LAW
KOH SUI PANG
JIMMY APPUDURAI-CHUA
PETER CHEONG
VERONICA YOUNG
MARK TAN

THANKS TO THE ABOVE FRIENDS WHO SENT THEIR CONDOLENCES.

Unknown said...

Sadly missed glad i met him in UK

Unknown said...

Sadly missed in the music met him in London and Singapore