Tous les garcons et les filles ... Singapore's Lost Treasures |
This is Singapore's Millie Small, (Veronica Young) the little Kampung girl from Pulau Brani on my Fender guitar yesterday. She was a national bowler during the 70s and a recording artiste during the swinging 60s. Her colleagues include heavyweights such as Teresa Teng, P. Ramlee, Kassim Slamat & The Swallows, Saloma, Ahmad Daud, Anneke Grönloh and The Blue Diamonds. She was the first front-woman for a Singapore 60s band The Silver Strings.
As American involvement in the war in Vietnam escalated in 1967, she took the leap of faith by signing a contract (signed twice, each contract lasted 4 months) to sing for American troops that had bases throughout southern Vietnam - from the airbases of Da Nang to the dangerous firebase of Herky Hill. Her mode of transport during her tour of entertaining the homesick troops was the C-130 Hercules, Huey UH-1, Chinook helicopter and the back of a Ford truck full of American G.I. She vividly remembers what it was like to sing in front of a crowd that literally went mad when she sang "The Letter", a song written by Wayne Carson Thompson and made famous by The Box Tops that was released in 1967.
She left Singapore for France in 1989 and still receive a standing ovation whenever she gives goose bumps for her audience both in France and Singapore.
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