Music by Request: The Quests in Malay (with Malay artists)

July 20, 2012

(Limited presentation only)

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Sandra Sanger

May 14, 2012

Sandra Sanger hailed from Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia. Her original “Ayo Mama” was another very successful cross-cultural hit song. She is not to be confused with her sister, Norma, who was also a very successful recording artist. Together with Marini, Sandra toured with The Steps throughout the Far East including Tokyo and Hong Kong in the late 60’s thru 70s. Sandra passed away in 1989 at only 43 years old.

AYO, MAMA
Jalan-jalan kota Semarang
Teruslah naik kota Ungaran
Sungguh pintar laki sekarang
Ngaku sekolah tapi pacaran

(Chorus)
Ayo, mama jangan mama marah beta
Dia cuma dia cuma cium beta
Ayo, mama jangan mama marah beta
‘Lah orang muda punya biasa

Ambil jala, tongkat pendiri
Oh ular naga mencari makan
Dapat cium pipi yang kiri
Oh minta tambah pipi yang kanan

Kalau ada sumur di ladang
Bolehlah kita menumpang mandi
Kalau ada umurku panjang
Bolehlah kita berjumpa lagi


Ye Feng (Julie) 葉楓

May 11, 2012

Julie Ye was born Wang Jiu-ling 王玖玲 in Hankou, China. She came from a crop of very talented and glamorous female actresses who dominated HK Cinema from late 50s thru 60s. She earned the nickname “Sister Long Legs” after her 1960 movie with the same title 長腿姐姐. Her stunning physique and sultry reputation (something sometimes known as “innate sex appeal”) would cause to distract but she captivated a generation of fans with the many memorable musical movie scenes as she sang with an alluring silky and magnetic voice. Some of her more popular songs are 晚霞 (Sunset), 歌迷小姐 (Miss Songbird), 我有个好家庭 (I have a happy family) and 唱不完的他 (Endless love). Pathe (EMI-HK) released a CD of her popular songs (The Series 34 – 神秘女郎) in 2007.

神秘女郎 (MYSTERY WOMAN)

你不要对我望
黯淡的灯光使我迷惘
你不要对我望
将来和以往一样渺茫
就算你就算你
陪在我身旁
就算你就算你
看清我模样
也不能打开心房
你不妨叫我神秘女郎


Tony Brent

May 4, 2012

Tony Brent was born Reginald Bretagne in Bombay (Mumbai) of Anglo-Indian descent. He met Noreen Crawford, married and moved to England in 1947. Tony was spotted by a talent scout after he entered a talent contest at the Kingston Regal Theatre. He was introduced to Bert Ambrose and Cyril Stapleton’s BBC Showband. He joined the showband in 1951 and took the stage name Tony Brent. He recorded with Columbia Records and scored seven Top 20 chart hits in the UK in a span of six years. In 1961, he relocated to Sydney. In Australia, he appeared as a regular guest on the popular TV show “Magic of Music”. Tony also opened several restaurants including the popular “Shalimar” which incorporated a cabaret where he would continue to entertain by singing with the various appearing acts. Tony Brent died in 1993 (his ashes were scattered in the Ganges).

CINDY OH CINDY
I joined the navy to see the world
But nowhere could I find
A girl as sweet as Cindy
The girl I left behind
I’ve sailed the wide world over
Can’t get her out of my mind

Chorus:
Cindy, oh Cindy (C-Cindy, C-Cindy)
Cindy don’t let me down (C-Cindy, C-Cindy)
Write me a letter, soon (C-Cindy, C-Cindy)
And I’ll be homeward bound (C-Cindy, C-Cindy)

I see her face in every wave
Her lips kiss every breeze
Her loving arms reach out for me
Through calm and stormy sea
At night I face the lonely deck
Caressed by memories

I know my Cindy’s waiting
As I walk the deck alone
Her loving arms reach out for me
Soon I’ll be heading home
Then my sailing days will be over
And no more will I roam


Wanda & Joyce

March 1, 2012

Wanda (Elvira Carolina) was born in Bandung, Indonesia. Her father, George de Fretes, was a popular local musician (He was inducted into the European Steel Guitar Hall of Fame posthumously in 2010). After the divorce, her mother Joyce Aubrey expatriated to the Netherlands with Wanda. In 1962 at age 16, Wanda recorded with Johnny & His Cellar Rockers on her first SP with Let’s twist again and We shall twist. In the same year, she teamed up with her mother as a duo (Wanda & Joyce) to record several Indo-rock songs which were very successful hits in the Netherlands, Germany and the Far East. They were accompanied by The Rhythm Brothers consisting of studio musicians and supplemented by her own father George de Fretes and the famous Surinamese guitarist, Lex Vervuurt.

The Rhythm Brothers (not to be confused with a band with the same name from the Alblasserwaard):
Frans Kroes (Guitar)
Dick Kroes (Guitar)
Wim Dohmen (Bass guitar)
Radja Delamonte (Drums)


Sodsai Chaengkij สดใส แจ้งกิจ

February 20, 2012

The Land of Smiles was a vibrant music scene being a popular hub for GI’s on leave from Vietnam in the 60’s. Sodsai Chaengkij สดใส แจ้งกิจ came from Bangkok which was the hotspot for local and visiting acts and headliners. She performed regularly at the famous Lolita Night Club on Rajdamnoen Avenue. She retired to the States in the early 2000s after a very successful recording career.


Diah Iskandar

February 18, 2012

Diah’s real name is Diah Komalawati Alexander. She was born in Jakarta. She grew up under the musical guidance of her father “Iskandar”, a very popular jazz musician and composer. In 1962 and barely in ninth grade, she was encouraged to sing at a birthday party. The crowd loved her and promptly dubbed her as the “Connie Francis of Indonesia”. A music career was born. She recorded her first album in 1963, and quickly rose on a path to stardom. She abruptly “disappeared” after marrying at age 25 in 1972. In later years (1980), she reemerged as the TV host and producer of Orkes Chandra Kirana, partly as a tribute to her late father who was untiring in his efforts to encourage appreciation of the classic, jazz and orchestral music among Indonesian youth. The show became one of the national public’s music program favorites with 12 years running.