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May 20, 2010

"Rock and Roll Days"


I wasn't a fan of "rock and roll" music in my young days. Moreover, I was not influenced by the hippie culture and lifestyle with flowers on my hair. Long hair was banned in Singapore when I was a teenager around that time.

Lobo was best remembered for soft-rock perennials like "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" and "I'd Love You to Want Me," Lobo was the alias of singer/songwriter Roland Kent LaVoie, born July 31, 1943 in Tallahassee, FL.

The "Rock and Roll Days" was released in 1993 with the lyrics:
I've seen a lot of things change in many ways
Since I was a boy back in the rock and roll days
Back when a bust was a six-pack of cold beer.
Marciano, he was champ the band all played through one amp
And the biggest thing was getting rubber in second gear

I love the rock and roll days
And I love all the good old ways
We used to do things in our crowd
I love the rock and roll days
And I love all the good old ways
We used to do the same things that we do now.

The only bikes back there were Schwinns
The only pigs were the bad wolf's friend
And going to the outdoor movie was something neat
Messing around then was not big
That's the one thing I did not dig
I was lucky to get as far as the back seat.
My blogger friend Lam Chun See posted a comment about "Larry Lai, King of Singapore 60s Airwave" at "Singapore 60s Andy's Pop Music Influence" blog. Andy's blog is an awesome compilation of songs and music in the 1960s for these fans to enjoy.

Larry Lai is my former schoolmate a few years my senior at the Outram Secondary School old building at Outram Road. He is a popular celebrity at Rediffusion, radio, TV and various corporate events at top hotels.

According to Chun See:

"We didn't have Redifusion during Larry Lai's days. But I recall that he was host for the immensely popular Rado Show isn't it?

Anyway, I have a video tape of Larry Lai in action from the early 90's; but this time he was doing a training video for the NPB called OJT,

By the way, I think there is a song which I think is very appropriate for your blog; at least the lyrics are:

"I love all the good old ways we used to do the same things that we do now"

Listen to it here

This is an "evergreen" song to bring back our memories of the 1960s for our enjoyment.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lam Chun See said...

1993? Must be a typo error.

You should have put some flowers in your hair then. Now want to also cannot ... Haha. Sorry buddy. Cannot resist that one. Never mind, I shall be joining you pretty soon.

And that reminds me of another classic; Was it by the Mamas and the Papas?

May 20, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger derek tait said...

Hearing 1960s music takes me right back to living in Singapore and Malaya. Whenever I hear 'I'm a Believer' by the Monkees, I think of days at the Sandycroft Leave Centre(it was played in the games arcade there). 'Please Release Me' by Englebert Humperdinck reminds me of the time that I cracked my head open on a window near our home at Jalan Wijaya (it was on the radio at the time) and 'Green Green Grass of Home'reminds me of sitting on the doorstep of Jalan Wijaya while it played on the radio in the background. 'Fly Me to the Moon' was the song that every act used to sing on Singapore TV's talent show in the 1960s so that brings back memories of us all sat around the telly.
It's funny how a song can trigger so much.

May 21, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger PChew said...

I still have the cd "The Best of Lobo" which has 18 songs. Listening to them evoked past memories. As for the Redifusion I had one installed at home before 1962.

May 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

During my university days, the 2 most popular singers amongst Singaporeans was Lobo and the teh Carpenters. CCR was also very popular.

My favourite Lobo song was Stoney.

May 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

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