|Rex Cinema in the 60s|
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 never participated with the intention of winning, I was surprised when I won the Singapore's Paul Anka title in 1959/1960 . 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'.
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 because I have a style of my own. Check out later postings on this issue.
Image 1: Girls' Town Poster.
Image 2: The Rex Cinema from Shaw Brothers Website.