SINGAPORE 60s: ANDY'S POP MUSIC INFLUENCE: ON THE MUSIC N MEMORIES TRAIL IS MY OWN BLOG N ROLL PROJECT. NOSTALGIA IS PERSONAL HISTORY N PICTURES TELL STORIES. POP MUSIC NOT PILLS. ANDY YOUNG. (November, 2008).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Rex Cinema - Paul Anka Of Singapore?

Singapore's Paul Anka at the Rex Cinema:



I was interested in music since my school days and sang during end of year school concerts and functions. I guess I love the stage and took the opportunity to perform whenever I could. In fact, 4 of my classmates and I participated in a skit called, "Kiss No Harm," where we drew laughter and joyful tears from our audience during the annual concert.

When I started working, I took part in singing competitions at annual picnics organised by commercial organisations and one like 'Amateur Night' at the Capitol Cinema, the Vespa Club Nite at Siglap Road.

Although I participated without the intention of winning, I was surprised when I won the Singapore's Paul Anka title in December, 1959. That was a long time ago. Shaw Brothers were promoting a Paul Anka movie at the Rex Cinema called, Girls' Town (image 1).

I never looked back after that and free-lanced with a few bands like the Velvetones (later Philips recording artistes 'The Firebyrds') and Swallows, Singapore's number one Pop-Yeh-Yeh band.

I met The Silver Strings when I met Audie Ng (bass) and 'Danny Boy' (drums) during their jam sessions at Idris Road. The others were David Chan (lead) and Wilfred Chew (rhythm). At that time the group practised songs by the The Shadows, The Ventures and other groups.

But as Paul Anka was I a copy cat or impersonator? Actually I was neither. I know I can never sing like him and never will.  I took an academic path instead, left the band trail. It was all in fun.

Check out later postings on this issue.

Image 1: Girls' Town Poster.

Image 2: The Rex Cinema from Shaw Brothers Website.