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Friday, November 21, 2008

Rex Cinema: Paul Anka Contest Fun: Part 1

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, four 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 just for the experience, 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 The 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 with the title I won, there was no intention of being a copy cat or impersonator. I cannot sing like him and never will since there are only three or four Anka songs in my repertoire.  I have never used the title to my advantage and have always asked to be introduced as, "Andy". MC's who introduced me otherwise did it on their own accord. 

Like many such contests those years, they were held to promote the movies of singers like Paul Anka, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Louis Armstrong, etc. These shows came about before the advent of Cliff and The Shadows. The contest was a genuine one and quite a number of prominent Singapore 60's artistes participated. 

For me it was fun and games, took an academic path afterwards and left the band trail after nearly two years. Never, ever had I wanted to be a pop singer. 

What about today? Is it tough to want to go into pop stardom today? Anyone?

Check out Part 2: 

http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.sg/2008/12/paul-anka-came-and-went-long-time-ago.html

Images from Google.

 
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