Raymond's letter to ST Life! of the Straits Times -published today, Saturday 7th Feb 2015.
Having grown up listening to the music of local pop queen Rita Chao in the 1960s, I was sad to hear that he died in July last year (A Go-Go Queen Dies Of Colon Cancer, Life! Feb 3).
Chao, who appeared in several Chinese and English variety shows on national television in the early years had a large following with her unique singing. She popularised the a-go-go dance and got teenagers swinging to her music at clubs during tea dances.
I clearly remember Chao teaming up with our top local band, the Quests to belt out some really bouncing numbers that got many putting on their dancing shoes.
Chao’s music needs to live on in our hearts and as a fitting tribute to her, I hope some of her television shows can be aired and her songs can be played on radio stations.
Raymond Anthony Fernando