Universal Press Release.
is proud to announce the release of a new series of Sixties
Singapore releases called Treasures From The Past. These releases
constitute records, which were originally released by Philips
between the years 1964 and 1968, which constitute the golden
years of Singapore pop.
Philips Holland sensed that the worldwide pop explosion of
the Sixties had also taken root in Singapore and a great number
of bands and singers were performing then. Beginning with
Crescendos, Philips continued signing and releasing artistes
that presented a rich tapestry of Singapore pop. It helped
that many of the releases contained original songs.
is presenting the discs in their original format meaning that
an extended play is represented as a four-song compact disc
with both original front and back cover, used, to house the
disc. In the case of a single play, two of them are combined,
to create a hybrid four-song compact disc.
The songs have been remastered to bring out the tonal qualities
of the songs. However no new textures have been added to preserve
the original essence of the recordings.
first release contains Naomi and The Boys second EP, which
was released in November 1965 and contained their second number
one "Happy Happy Birthday Baby". Another number
one, "I Know" is also present in this disc.
With remastering, the music has been given depth to support
Naomi Suriya's powerful vocals. Then Cyclones, the duo of
James and Siva Choy present four innovative R & B originals
supported by the dynamic Checkmates. Listen to songs like
"Oh No, She Didn't Say" and "The Dew"
to appreciate how modern Singapore music was sounding in late
1965. Next comes Thunderbirds with two singles combined. "My
Lonely Heart" was a number one in 1966 and inspired cover
versions in Mandarin in Singapore and Hongkong. "My Hula
Girl" was a later single whose flip side "You Were
Made For Me To Love" captured listeners attention and
has been a firm favourite all these years. Last but by no
means least are The Crescendos who were the first act to be
Philips and paved the way for the rest. Here they are represented
by their 1965 EP which contain thumping versions of "Everybody
Loves A Lover" Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally",
"He's The Boy" and a number one hit single for them
"Silver Threads And Golden Needles". They drew from
fifties Rock and Roll and Doo Wop roots in their performances.
One of Treasures Of The Past will be the first of a series
and future releases will see artistes like Checkmates, Jets,
Sonny Bala and The Moonglows, Bryan Neale, Bobby Lambert and
The Dukes, Reyes Sisters, Henry Suriya, Shirley Nair, Mike
and Herb, Silver Strings, Evey Lyn, Siglap Five, Valentine
and The Phantoms, Cells Unlimited amongst many others being
released. Singapore Sixties Pop will never be the same again.
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Rahul Sakyaputra (1947 - 2002)
Zemira Productions regrets to report with great sorrow the untimely
loss of the legendary pandit sitarist, Rahul Sakyaputra.
journeyed to India to visit his native homeland, and while there suffered
a major heart attack, which sadly ended his life. He departed our
world Sunday, November 17, 2002.
successes began after he studied under Baba Alla Uddin Khan, who was
also the teacher of Ravi Shankar. Rahul is probably best known for
his musicianship as displayed on his CD, The Denmark Sessions, which
was originally recorded in 1969 while on tour in Denmark.
He is also credited with co-founding and co-arranging the music of
& The Forefathers of the New Millennium.
legacy will continue, as he was one of the greatest musicians of our
time, and his love for music will forever be ingrained in our memories.
Today, we have not only lost an exceptionally talented musician, mentor,
and Guru, but we have also lost a true friend.
read Rahul Sakyaputra's biography below as listed on the All-Music
Guide. To listen to Rahul as he expressed himself through music, as
well as through interviews, please visit his MP3.com website at www.mp3.com/RahulSakyaputra.
If you would
like additional information, please contact Zemira Productions via
e-mail at email@example.com,
or by writing to: P.O. Box 41162, Long Beach, CA, 90853, U.S.A.
Probably the best-known Indian sitar player in America after Ravi
Shankar, Rahul Sakyaputra has released a few albums under his name
and recorded music for film and television. His participation in
the group Vine
Sweetland & the Forefathers of the New Millennium at the
end of the '90s sparked a rediscovery of his music, yielding a number
of reissues of his early recording sessions and the release of new
Sakyaputra, whose family name means "Tiger Killer," was
born in 1947 in a poor family. Hunting was the only mean of survival,
therefore his early inclination toward music was not well accepted
by his entourage. At age 13, convinced that music was his calling,
he ran away to Bombay to seek apprenticeship from Baba Alla Uddin
Khan, who also taught Shankar. He lived there for six years, forging
his technique and spiritual understanding of the classical forms
Living with friends who owned music stores, he came in contact with
George Harrison, and even taught sitar to Mick Jagger's brother
Chris for a while. The late-'60s Indian craze was reaching its peak
in Europe, so, encouraged by Western friends, Sakyaputra moved to
Denmark. Between 1969 and 1972, he worked all across Europe. Shortly
after his arrival, he recorded his first Western session, released
30 years later as The Denmark Sessions. In late 1970, he was awarded
the Dawn of Enlightenment by Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation.
The only previous recipients were Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.
In January 1972, Sakyaputra moved to America, first establishing
himself in Montreal, Canada, where, among other activities, he worked
for the CBC radio. After a two-year retreat in Vancouver, Canada,
he finally settled down in California in 1976, where he began to
perform with famous tabla player Zakir Hussein. Between occasional
returns to India, where he played in front of the Dalai Lama, he
appeared on record and on-stage with Christoph Anders and Patrick
Moraz. He recorded his first two solo albums in 1984 (East Meets
West with shakuhachi player Masayaki Koga; Footprints in the Sky
with Hussein), riding the new age wave. The late '80s saw him concentrate
on his painting.
Sakyaputra was invited to appear in Oliver Stone's movie The Doors.
The scenes did not make the final cut (they were released only in
2001 as part of the DVD reissue), but the word got around, and the
sitarist spent most of the decade in elegant company, performing
for Hollywood stars like Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, and
Shirley McLain. In 1995, he co-founded, with poet Vine
Sweetland, the Forefathers of the New Millennium, a world/psychedelic
ensemble. Sweetland's newly formed label Zemira began an extensive
reissue/unearthing program of Sakyaputra's recordings from the late
'60s and '70s, while the label Rhythmic Visions released the three
volumes of Live in Los Angeles. - François