Saturday, August 13, 2022

RIP Jimmy Chan: Singapore's Piano Maestro.


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13.08.2022

*Goodbye Jimmy goodbye
We'll see you again 
But we don't know when
Goodbye Jimmy goodbye...

A note from Larry Lai [former Rediffusion DJ, Singapore] today shocked many of us in the music community. It read, "With a heavy heart I share the news of Jimmy Chan's passing."

Truly one of the best pianists around in Singapore. Unassuming, he played anything from pops to jazz; Chinese hits to keroncong-styled Indonesian melodies and of course dance music. And when he plays, no cumbersome notes to guide him; he just lets his heart synchronize with the tunes and his fingers glide on the piano keys. 

Jimmy Chan's Birthday playing: 
#'La Vie En Rose' April 2022.
YouTube Video by: Cecilia Lee


During his free time Jimmy goes out to the Seniors at the old folks homes when he visits them with his entourage of singers and musicians.

Meeting Sunny Low, who had also just passed away would be a cinch; one Mr. Twinkle-Toes and the other Mr. Twinkle-Fingers. Heaven!

We will all miss you Jimmy.
R.I.P. dear Maestro.

Deepest condolences to Jimmy's family.
Jimmy Chan with 'Fraulein' and 'Seven Lonely Days'
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music.

A previous posting about him. Click below to read:

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2018/10/jimmy-chan-singapores-favourite-pianist.html

Messages are welcome. Click the comment page below.

*Kathy Linden [1959]

Directly translated to "life in pink", "La Vie En Rose" essentially means seeing life through rose-coloured glasses. Living with an attitude or outlook of positivity, trying to see beauty in the everyday; like you do when you first fall in love.

34 comments:

JIMMY APPUDURAI (ENGLAND UK) said...

Sad that Jimmy passed
xx

WILLIAM LEONG [TORONTO, CAN.] said...

Oh no, sad!

PERRY KOH [SINGER] said...

Condolences to Jimmy's family.

VICTOR LAM [DRUMMER/LOGISTICIAN]] said...

Heard that Jimmy Chan just passed on.
One of Singapore's best piano players.
RIP JIMMY.

JOHN CHER [FACEBOOK] said...

So sad. Now it's really a TRIBUTE SHOW.

ANNA LAW [TEEPEES/SINGER/UKULELE PLAYER] said...

May JIMMY CHAN rest in peace.

LIM KUAN MIN said...

MAY JIMMY RIP.

WEN HING [SINGER, SONGWRITER, AUTHOR] said...

JIMMY HAS PASSED ON...

MALCOLM HYDER [THE BAMBINOS] said...

GOD BLESS

STEVE HO [of STEVE N THE HEARTBREAKERS] said...

Good morning, Andy,
Another legend has left us. It makes me cherish and treasure my time with friends and loved ones more and more. You have a great day ahead.

EUSOOF ANGULLIA said...

Poor thing. Big loss to our music world.

PAUL IBRAHM [SINGER/MUSICIAN] said...

RIP JIMMY
MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC UP THERE.

OLIVER B. [DRUMMER/FORMER SEC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL said...

A GREAT ENTERTAINING PIANIST

DR PETER CHUA said...

Was talking about Jimmy a few days ago with Charles who was the leader of the band in those early days, called, THE FLAMINGOS.

DR. CHARLES KOH [FORMER LEADER: THE FLAMINGOS] said...

I just heard it too.
Very sad.

JOHNNY YEO [POLYTECHNIC LECTURER] said...

Brian Richmond played a piano piece from the late JIMMY CHAN on 90.5 this morning.
It was beautiful.

ALFRED WONG said...

Maestro.
One and only.
Jimmy puts the rest in his pocket.

HORACE WEE [LEGENDARY GUITARIST] said...

A pianistic 'touch' and artistry that many can only dream of possessing. The heavens now have an extra twinkle added. Rest in Eternal Peace Jimmy.

CEDRIC COLLARS [PIANIST - PERTH/AUSTRALIA] said...

Sad to hear another music artist has left us.

Thanks Andy for your blog that reminds us and pays tribute to our wonderful musicians who paved our lives with the wizardry of music.

RIP JIMMY and may your soul rest in peace.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

It's pouring condolences.
That's how pop stars are honoured and remembered.
We don't have so many of JIMMY CHAN's caliber.

THANKS TO ALL WHO WROTE IN.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy is a giant among musicians- he not only played ‘by heart’ but always with heart. I am privileged to have shared many years with him in the late 50’s to early 60’s. and so happy that we spent times together pre Covid. He added THE dimension to the Flamingos that changed it into the band it became. Thanks for touching my life. Goodbye buddy

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

The above tribute is from DR CHARLES KOH who lives in the US.
Dr Koh was the band leader of the well-renowned combo band, THE FLAMINGOS.

Thanks Charles.

Henry Chua said...

It’s only a temporary farewell my dear long time friend.
We will certainly meet again in God’s Heavenly Realm soon.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks for blessing us with your beautiful music.

We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.
But I’ll know we’ll meet again some sunny day. 😊

CHOW WEN HING [SINGER/COMPOSER/WRITER] said...

It is a sad day indeed. We've lost a pillar of strength in the music community. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends.

LAWRENCE LIM [GRANDPA IN THE 'YOU'RE THE BOY VIDEO] said...

Jimmy was one of the 'Greats' in his Era. Sad to receive this news. May his soul rest in peace.

JIMMY YAP [SINGING AMBASSADOR] said...

Maestro pianist JIMMY CHAN will be missed by many - forever in my heart though. Greatly honored to be accompanied by him at his birthday party and sang 'O Sole Mio'. I will always treat this as my tribute to a great pianist that has done Singapore proud.

JIMMY CHNG [DRUMMER - THE DECIBELS] said...

I've never listened to him playing before but from the many comments, I reckon he's a maestro on the keyboard RIP JIMMY CHAN.

NORA TANN said...

Learnt about JIMMY's passing yesterday, Andy.
Thanks for the recording.
His music lives on.
May he rest in peace.

HENRI GANN [BLOG CONTRIBUTOR - CALIFORNIA/US] said...

Sorry to hear that. Thanks Andy!
I can almost feel how much he was admired and loved from reading the comments in your blog. He will be remembered for a long time.

EDDY ENG said...

Devastating news!!!

LARRY LAI [FORMER REDIFFUSION DJ] said...

Jimmy was easy to talk to. Completely guileless.

HAPPY TAY [VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA] said...

Yes, I used to spend some evenings relaxing at he lounge at the MANDARIN HOTEL when he was playing there. Got to know him from there too.

Great pianist and a wonderful guy.

Absolutely Andy. He's got no airs even though at that time he was already an accomplished musician, a true professional. Larry is correct on that.

Anonymous said...

Condolences to Jimmy's family and loved ones. Jimmy was a talented musician. RIP Jimmy

suituapui said...

R.I.P. Jimmy Chan. I remember buying his cassette tapes. Loved his piano renditions of popular songs.