Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dead at 90


March 19, 2017

Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dead at 90

 

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The Iconic Chuck Berry dead at 90. RIP and thanks for the memories, my soul brother Chuck.–Din Merican

Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at a residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside.

Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.,” the post said. “The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

Berry wrote and recorded “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” — songs every garage band and fledgling guitarist had to learn if they wanted to enter the rock ‘n’ roll fellowship.

Berry took all-night hamburger stands, brown-eyed handsome men and V-8 Fords and turned them into the stuff of American poetry. By doing so, he gave rise to followers beyond number, bar-band disciples of the electric guitar, who carried his musical message to the far corners of the Earth.

Some of his most famous followers praised him on social media.Bruce Springsteen tweeted: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.”

Fond Farewell to my good friend, Phang Tat Cheam


March 9, 2017

Fond Farewell to my good friend, Phang Tat Cheam

I was shocked and saddened today to learn on Facebook of the passing of Phang Tat Cheam. He was 82. My friendship with Phang goes back a long way to the 1960s when I was with Ismail Md. Ali’s Bank Negara.

We kept in constant touch as I used to meet up with him  at the Lake Club and the Royal Selangor Golf Club. He was a keen golfer and fierce competitor on the links. He enjoyed listening songs of Fifties and Sixties. His favourite female vocalist is Joni James, who is also mine. He enjoyed Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Pat Boone, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Cliff Richard, and others of our generation.

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Phang, you will be missed. So today, in my tribute to your memory, I am honored to present Joni James with some of her popular tunes.

May you rest in peace,my dear friend and fellow Malaysian. You and I never let our ethnicity and religion come between us. I know how sad you are to see a divided nation as you leave this world. You and I never expected to witness our country  become a failed and corrupt nation under Prime Minister Najib Razak. That said Phang, I will never forget you for your counsel, compassion, generosity and optimism.

To his bereaved family, my wife Dr. Kamsiah Haider and I convey our heartfelt condolences on the untimely demise of Phang Tat Cheam.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Your Weekend Music–Let’s Go Stylistics


March 3, 2017

Let’s Go Stylistics

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Dr Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican want you to Go Stylistics this weekend and put cares away. We have to get way from the political games Trump and his Republicans and the Democrats are playing in Washington DC at the expense of Putin and associates in Moscow.

Just relax with The Stylistics who will make you feel brand new come next Monday.–Dr Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

 

Your Weekend Entertainment–Indonesia’s Tantowi Yahya


February 4, 2017

Your Weekend Entertainment–Indonesia’s Country Balladeer Tantowi Yahya

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Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican stumbled upon Tantowi Yahya. At first we thought he is from Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Actually, he is from Indonesia, our neighbour. Anyway he sounds great with his renditions in country and western style in the traditions of Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Without further ado, here is Tantowi Yahya as your entertainer for this weekend.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Bonus: Sabai Sabai Khmer Version

Thai Version:

Sabai Sabai at Malaysian Thai Festival:

Remembering Singapore’s First Lady of Song–Kartina Dahari


January 22, 2017

Remembering Singapore’s Kartina Dahari

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Dr Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican have pleasure in presenting Singapore’s First Lady of Song, the late Kartina Dahari for this weekend. She has a beautiful voice befitting the kerongchong medium and will be missed by her many fans including Din Merican. –Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Kartina Dahari (12 November 1941 – 30 April 2014) was a Singaporean Malay singer and entertainer who was a fixture on television and radio from the 1950s to the 1980s. Dahari, who was nicknamed “Queen of Keroncong,” a type of Malay folk music popular at the time, was best known for her hit single, “Sayang Di Sayang” (“Lover is Loved”), which was composed by Zubir Said.[1] She was the first Malay language singer to record English language songs, releasing four EPs, two LPs and four singles in that language.[1]

Dahari was born to a family of Malay and Javanese origin.[2]In 2009, Dahari was awarded a Golden Award (Perdana Emas), which was presented to her by former President of Singapore S. R. Nathan. She was also the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award, which was bestowed on her in 2010 by The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore.

Her last public appearance took place at the Esplanade, Singapore in 2013 when she went on stage to express her appreciation for the support shown by the organizers and her fans, at the close of her tribute concert performed by her peers.[1] In March 2015 Dahari became the first singer/entertainer to be inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame.[3]

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