06 May 2015
This is a strangely designed little EP I bought a few years ago. I do not anything about the singer, Johnny Tan, but the backing band, Charlie and His Go Go Boys, recorded several instrumental A-Go-Go EPs.
Swan Label is one of the many indie local labels in Singapore. Did you know there were a number of independent record labels in Singapore/Malaysia in the 60s? Besides the big 2 (EMI and Philips), these indie labels recorded our local musicians too. I have some other Swan label releases by other singers, mostly Mandarin, which I will need to check if I've digitised already. (I can't find the cables I used to digitise from vinyl after moving house!)
Johnny Tan - Love Potion Number 9
05 May 2015
One of my favourite Chinese Beatles covers. I always have a soft spot for female vocalists covering male songs.
Teo Xiao Yun and Lim Teck Chuan - I Should Have Known Better
29 January 2015
Cutesy covers by a girl singer playing ukulele. My friend knows my taste.
My new year's resolution is to spend less, and that includes spending on music. Fortunately there is Spotify, whereabouts I discovered this stunner.
I love this song's guitar which comes in from first 8 seconds onwards, which sounds like Beatles + Girl Group.
29 September 2008
And do check out Unpopular.Radio here.
25 September 2008
I've blogged about her before, but now I've finally got her cd. Mareva Galanter makes for addictive listening!
Mareva Galanter - Les Cornichons
Mareva on wikipedia, here.
There are several Mareva clips on Youtube. This is my favourite:
19 September 2008
The Vampires were an all-girl group in the Singapore 60s music scene. According to the sleeve (paraphrased and roughly translated with assistance): this EP features Du Di Na on vocals, backed by The Vampires. Du Di Na joined The Vampires as singer 2 years prior to the release of this EP, and the group has won many fans among the young.
The Vampires - Han Yu Qu (Chilling Rain Song)
Interesting side note: the above picture was taken at Cavenagh Bridge, which is still standing in Singapore today.
06 September 2008
Because I can't read Chinese characters, when it comes to deciphering names of singers and song titles, I'm lost. Hence when picking my choice of blogging material, it's always easiest to stick to recognisable covers of pop songs, or at the very least, singers with English names. In this example, I don't know the singer's name, but this is too awesome a cover not to share! And check out that terrific sleeve art!
It Never Rains On Southern California
01 September 2008
I'm back after a long blogging hiatus. And with new music to share, as you've gathered from the recent posts (& more to come, I promise). I still love local Singapore 60s, and it's with great pleasure that I present one of my favourite buys of this year!
This is Stevie Loraine, backed by The Clansmen, comprising: Abdullah Abu (lead), Derrick Nunis (rhythm), Philip Monteiro (drums), and Raymond Lazaroo (bass). I'm guessing it was released (or purchased) in 1967, because that's scribbled in marker on my sleeve. Prior to this EP, Stevie Loraine recorded one backed by The Dukes, and you can view the sleeve here.
Stevie Loraine & The Clansmen - If You Always Say (EDIT: now a Box.net link)
Singapore 60's Pop Music Hall Of Fame is a recent blog, with lots of sleeve art and short writeups. Must-visit here!
Another single featuring The Clansmen, here.
Something special for the girl pop fans! A chirpy Dusty Springfield cover by the late Irish singer, Maisie McDaniel. I just found this vinyl yesterday, and it's a song I can't wait to share!
Maisie McDaniel - Something Special (EDIT: now a Box.net link)
Maisie McDaniel's orbituary write up, here.