March 3, 2012
Here’s to a Good Weekend
We have come to another weekend, the first for March 2012. And we are already in the third month of this year and are reminded of the Ides of March (Bill Shakespeare makes an immortal play of this in his Julius Caesar). Don’t worry. It has significance to those who are superstitious but to ordinary folks like us, it is just another time in our lives.
Dr. Kamsiah suggested that we should bring back some teenage idols of the 1950s who sang to the rhythm of Rock N Roll. It was a time of Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Connie Stevens, Joni James, Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly.
We also had James Dean. Talking about Dean, I remember Hang Mongkut Bean walking by the Great World Park, Alor Setar to see the movie, Rebel without a Cause at Rex Theatre. He was in Blue Jeans, with a White Tee-Shirt and a red wind cheater like Jim in the movie. He must have purchased these items in Padang Besar, the town on the border between then Malaya and Thailand. He became a wannabe James Dean with a swagger. I can’t imagine how he looks now, but he was rather dashing in his youth.
We are pleased to feature Tommy Sands, Tab Hunter, Pat Boone ( the nice looking, clean cut American student at Columbia University, New York), Britain’s Cliff Richard and Canadian born teenage sensation and young composer, Paul Anka who immortalised sex bomb shell, Britain’s Diana Dors with a hit titled Diana. May these songs bring back all the memories of those happy and carefree days of our teens.
Din thought we should play Anka’s tribute to the late Sammy Davies Jr titled I am not Anyone. The song should in his view inspire our rather timid young Malaysians to speak up and make a difference. He is also reminded of Frank Sinatra who will sing for us an Anka composition, Let me try again.
Both Sammy and Frank were of the generation before Din’s, and should not be forgotten for they entertained millions around the world. To Sammy and Frank, we say thank you for your contributions to the American Bandstand. You both and Dean Martin are gone but you will never be forgotten. Have a great weekend. —Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
Tommy Sands–Teenage Crush
Tab Hunter–Cherry Apple Blossom Time
Pat Boone–April Love
I almost lost my mind
Remember You’re Mine
Cliff Richard–Living Doll
Long Ago and Faraway
In a Matter of Moments
I am not Anyone
Times of My Life
Frank Sinatra-Let Me try again