Select Books is proud to announce the publication of our latest title: Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music, Vol 1 by Joseph Pereira.
The Cliff Richard and the Shadows concert in November 1961 opened the floodgates for Singapore pop music as youngsters who attended the concert got the blueprint for pop music: a four-piece backing group fronted by a singer, male or female. Soon hundreds of groups were formed. Meanwhile, Beatles and Merseybeat broke through internationally and brought another sonic shift in the Singapore music scene. Then came rhythm and blues and this became the third stream.
These developments made for a very exciting pop scene in Singapore as there were releases to look forward to every week from EMI, Philips, Decca and other record companies, including local labels. With shows almost nightly and tea dances to welcome the week it was pop heaven.
This book examines why it was so. Individual profiles of the bigger acts study their careers in details and trends like rhythm and blues, the blues movement and pyschedelia are examined. The attitudes of officialdom to this phenomenon in Singapore as well as other factors like the infrastructure that helped the sixties pop music movement are also discussed.
The bands and singers featured include The Firebyrds, The Crescendos, The Thunderbirds, Wilson David, Naomi and The Boys, The Esquires, Surfers, The Silver Strings, Sonny Bala and The Moonglows, Trailers, Stylers, The Checkmates, The Atoms, The Jets, Vigilantes, Mike and The Mysterians, Commancheros, Flying Phantoms, Easybeats, The Bee Jays, Ronnie and The Burns, The Dukes, The Echo Jets, The Quests, The Blackjacks, and The Midnighters.
About the Author
Joseph Pereira’s involvement with music took place in 1972 when he joined his first band, named Purple Harts. Till he stopped in 1992, he did twenty years in the trenches, as he puts it. The music ranged from pop, to hard rock, blues, jazz rock, top 40 pop, rock and finally blues.
His involvement with music continued in another form when he released his first book in November 1999, Legends Of The Golden Venus. Then followed work as producer of Singapore Sixties reissues – Treasures From The Past (Universal), Remember The Dukes (private), The Trailers (private), Steam Kodok (Grey Past Records), 100 Greatest (Universal) and More Singapore Sixties (Universal). He has also written extensively on music and non-music related subjects for publications and magazines in Singapore and five other countries.