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).

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Amber Mansion Celestial Room Silver Strings

The images are of Amber Mansions, at the entrance of Orchard Road, where guitar groups played in the 60s during Tea Dances at The Celestial Room, on the floor above.

The Silver Strings was the guest band for many months and we had a taste of what tea dances were like when we performed there. It was a baptism of fire because it was the first time when the band had a regular weekend stint.

The person in charge of Celestial Room was Mr Quek Sin Bock, a rather robust business man, frank and full of good cheer. The Silver Strings with Andy, performed at the venue in the early 60s, way before other bands did.

The building has since been replaced by Dhoby Gaut MRT.

(Images: From The National Heritage Board Archives.)



9 comments:

Joanna Chan said...

Hi, just read your blog and it's very interesting! I would like to find out more about Amber Mansion. Is there any way I can contact you via email? I would really appreciate it.

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks Joanna, please write again and leave me your email address but this time I shall not publish your comment.

I shall write to you and connect you to the right people regarding your enquiry.

Amber Mansion said...

Hi Joanna.
Above website will be very helpful. Check it out.
Cheers.

VICTOR KOO said...

2a. My blogger friend Andy's post about his 1960s experience in performing at tea dances with the Silver Strings in the Celestial Room located on one of the upper floors of Amber Mansions.

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks for connection Victor. Your post reminds me of the shops at Amber Mansion that I have forgotten.

jean said...

Hello Andy.
I know I'm a bit late with this post as I came across your blog while looking up Amber Mansion's Celestial Room. My late mother(who was an Eurasian from Katong in Singapore) often talked about the tea dances there and how jovial & classy they were. Everyone made an effort to dress smartly for a soirée back then. Elnett sprays for girls and Brylcreem or Tancho for the boys were de rigueur.
Thanks for the picture. It gave my search an added identity to my Mum's anecdotes about her teen years in her beloved Singapore in the 50/60s. She was so proud to have come from a rich multiracial society that was/is Singapore. Such solidarity is illustrious and unseen elsewhere in the world.
Cheers Andy!

Andy Lim* said...

Hi Jean,
Thanks for the beautiful tale about your late mother. She must have been quite a 'cool cat' those years.

Glad to hear about Elnett, Brylcreem and Singapore's multi-racial face. You are right about solidarity being "unseen elsewhere in the world."

Appreciate your visit. I went to your profile but could not link to your blog...

jean said...

Hi Andy,
Excuse me for the late reply due to heavy workload.
I have no blog yet. I meant to seriously open one about my passion for Egyptian & Greek archeology but just never got round to it yet LOL. No time lah. One day soon I hope.

I go through your fabulous blog whenever I get the chance. Its a comfort zone for nostalgia buffs like me. Thank goodness for the Internet that's changed almost everyone's lives in creating a global village with communication at the touch of our fingers.
Cheers Andy!

Andy Lim* said...

Hi Jean,

What a coincidence. I had meant to leave for Egypt for a 13 day tour but couldn't manage cause of personal reasons and it isn't the first time i postponed the trip since the Arab Spring problems.


Thanks so much for your huge support. It's letters like yours that keep me going.


Let me know when you start your blog.