When 60's Music Friends Had A Get-Together In Singapore (2):
When Dr Steven Farram (Darwin U, Australia) came to visit Singapore recently, it wasn't the first time. He's familiar with a lot of Singaporean activities, its culture and history, especially with the local music 60's scene.
I first met him ten years ago when he introduced himself, all wet and hot, after rockin' and rollin' to Mike and Herb's (Beatles of Malaysia) stage performance in 2008 at the Vivo City Roof Top. We became good friends and he never failed to write an article for the blog when I made the request.
Steve wanted to interview some band boys so I managed the help of Mr Michael Bangar (professional guitarist playing rhythm for Silver Strings) to speak to him. We had our first session and a few days later, a larger group came.
With Andy: Michael Bangar and Steven Farram during the interview @ a food court.
Our 2nd session ended after Steve interviewed guitar legend Horace Wee, bassist Zainal Abidin, drummer John Cher and singer/DJ Jerry Fernandez (images below).
It was a successful meet when Mr Bangar provided Dr Farram with the necessary information he needed. The interview and informal chit-chat over coffee lasted nearly four hours. The lecturer was satisfied with the outcome.
Steve brought with him some vinyl records. I list the artistes and songs covered on both Side A and B. All artistes were from Australia:
Ray Brown and the Whispers:
Now Is The Time
In The Midnight Hour (YouTube Video above)
Say It Again
Devoted To You
Go To Him
Fool Fool Fool
Ain't Nobody Home
Ooh La La
Johnny Young (image) Let It Be Me
The New World: Try To Remember
The World I Used To Know
Col Joye and the Joy Boys: (Rockin' Rollin') - Clementine
Fools Like Me
Here's a list of Australian pop stars on the international scene that I am familiar with:
Slim Dusty, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Rick Price, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, Rick Springfield, Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, Johnny O'Keefe, The Seekers, Men At Work, The Easybeats (YouTube video below), Air Supply, AC/DC INXS, Little River Band, Savage Garden, Keith Urban, Helen Reddy and of course, The Bee Gees. And the names go on...
But that's Part 3 in this series.
|RICK SPRINGFIELD, HELEN REDDY, LITTLE RIVER BAND, OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN|
Read connection below about humble George Chew who used to play lead guitar with Wes Cossacks and in recent years, The Burns. Wes Cossacks had recorded a few instrumental numbers in the mid-sixties and The Burns in the 2000's which has disbanded since.