Stargazing…

In my previous post, I mentioned that I saw the late Teresa Teng perform live at the Neptune in Singapore. Well, I also saw Tracy Huang singing at a show in one of the shopping malls and there was one occasion when I went for the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at the Mandarin Singapore with live entertainment by the very dashing Filipino singer, Ding Mercado. You can see him in this video singing that Cliff Richard/Olivia Newton John duet with Tracy…

Then there was the time when I went to see Anita Sarawak at the Top of the Hilton. Gosh!!! The place was packed…but I managed to squeeze through the crowd to a table right in the middle. I was supposed to pay a substantial amount for the first drink, inclusive of the show, but I suppose the waiters/waitresses could not be bothered to try and get to me and then the show started…

(Don’t miss her rendition of “More than I can say” and everything else @ 13:05 onwards!)

Boy!!! It was stunning! That women was really a first-class act and had everybody in stitches and enjoying themselves true and true. You can click the link and watch the above video clip, recorded in 1985 in Penang – it is about half an hour long but she could be really hilarious and definitely worth watching. You will surely ROTFLOL, I tell you! The performance that I saw only lasted an hour though…and the moment it ended, I left my seat and made my way out of the place. Hey! I got to watch it all FOC (free of charge)! Ain’t that great? Hehehehehe!!!!!

Of course, I saw some of the local acts at the discotheques and music lounges and pubs in Singapore at the time, including Heather and the Thunderbirds at the Lost Horizon, Shangri La. How we loved their songs way back then in the 60’s and we even used to request for their songs to be played on the radio. Those were the days!

The only international act that I saw during my stay in the island republic in 1973 was Lulu – at the National Theatre…

– then married to the late Bee Gee, Maurice Gibb. I saw Leif Garrett in Singapore too but that was years later – I can’t remember the venue now though. He was one of those teen idols at the time – something like Justin Bieber today… but if I’m not mistaken, he’s leading quite a messed-up life now and has faded into oblivion.

Of course, in those days, I did not have much money and besides, the stars did not go around to perform in live concerts that much – not like today…so people our time would only get one coming their way once in a blue moon but all in all, I think I had my fair share of fun and of course, music during those long gone days when I was in Singapore…