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Since I started this blog in 2008, I have had many comments from readers (more than 7,000 emails) and 99.9% of them are positive ones coming from everywhere.
I thought it best if I showcase some of them for their interesting and varied topics. Here are samplings from these kind people who took time and trouble to write:
It is an honor to be on your website. Thanks for the nice write-up and history. It is wild to think that our two bands were playing thousands of miles apart at the same time. The Quests is a unique name and my creation for us in 1965; maybe there was some strange teleportation of creativity half way around the globe.
We are proud to share it with The Quests (Singapore) and wish them all the best. Yes, I'll have to get with you when I'm visiting my son in what has become one my favorite places in the world.
Dr. Bob Fritzen: The Quests (USA)
I met Shirley Nair in 1967 at the R&R hotel I was staying at in Singapore. Shirley was singing with "The Silver Strings" and they were playing at the hotel at that time. She was a very nice person can you tell me what happened to her.
My reply to John was that Shirley Nair had passed on.
Thanks for the info even though it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I was hoping to contact Shirley just to say thank you and to let her know she was still remembered and appreciated after all these years. Would you happen to know when and how she died?
God bless Shirley and God bless you too.
Fort Worth, Texas
January, 23rd, 2009.
Rita Chao already retired from singing and btw she is a distant relative of my late dad. Sad to know that I last heard she was helping or working in a church in Yishun. Rita will be about in her late 50's.
In the late 60's she did a performance in Penang, Malaysia together with Sakura. My late Ah Kor "took" care of them while during their short stint of stay. Not sure if I can still find that old photo taken in Penang.
In Bahasa Melayu
Cherita2 tuan membawa kenangan2 dari zaman dulu yg saya sangat menghargai dan mengingatkan. Tempat ini ia-lah favourite untok teman2 dan saya untok minum teh tarek dan makan curry puffs. Walau pun saya dah berumor 70 saya seringkali-nya melawat tempat yg indah ini.
(Your stories carry memories from the past that I cherish. The place you wrote about is a favourite for my friends and I where we drink tea and eat curry puffs. Although I am now 70 I still visit frequently this beautiful place.)
Hey pallie Andy,
Thanks for showin' so much Dinolove for our Dino and for the ilovedinomartin Dinoblog...really 'preciate the shoutout and helpin' spread the Dinomessage by sharin' the ilovedinomartin Dinoblog here at your cool blog..it is likes so Dinofab to know that there are others who are likes totally Dinodevoted and Dinodesirous of makin' Dinoknown wherever they are in on the Dinoglobe... there is a Dinorevolution of cool that has started and it takes pallies like you man to fuel those Dinofires hotter and hotter until all the world knows and loves our great man... hopes to talks with you likes real real Dinosoon!
Dino Martin Peters
I was just introduced by a friend to your blog.
I live in San Francisco and I collect 60's Singaporean/SE Asian pop records. I agree that Singapore had its share of world class talent in the 1960's, but the world never got to see it. And to add to the obscurity, most of the locals simply forgot about the music as time went on.
Singaporeans in general don't seem to cherish their musical heritage like people in other parts of the world do. My Singaporean wife will attest to this, as will her parents.
As the owner of a popular Myspace page ( www.myspace.com/singaporesixties ), I have discovered that the under-25 set in SE Asia is yearning to know about this forgotten era. They can't get the information from their parents, so they've taken to the internet. Sites such as ours provide such a valuable service. And I especially love finding sites like yours, because I love to learn first-hand information about the old scene.
I look forward to reading your future posts.
David Greenfield (San Francisco)
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