Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Yvonne accompanied by The Sparklers

Let’s Go Gay

I can’t tell you anything about Yvonne or her backing band The Sparklers, except that they were from Singapore.

In 2003, Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) commissioned a six-part series documentary for televison on the Singapore music scene from the 1960s to the present day, entitled Jammin’. If anyone knows how I could get a copy of that documentary (especially the first two episodes), I would greatly appreciate it.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number MEP 8003 on Magpie Record (that’s right, singular…), manufactured by EMI Australia Limited. No other information available.

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I had a copy of this song on a compilation tape by EMI Pathe that I picked up in Chinatown in San Francisco about 10 years ago. That was one of my favorite tapes but unfortunately it wore out. I’ve brought it into Chinese music shops trying to find another copy but no luck yet. There was another great song on it called “Gazuntai” with a woman on the verge of sneezing breaking out into a great song.

Thanks for putting all this stuff online.

Comment by gwynne

Hi,
Great site. Enjoy the covers and appreciate the information.

Please go to my blog at: singapore60smusic.blogspot.com and provide some comments.

Cheers.
Andy

Comment by Andy Young

Hi, I can tell you this about this record:
In a Radio Times interview in April 1967, The Sparklers announced that they had recently recorded an EP of A Go Go songs with ‘a Chinese singer’ and this must be it. Yvonne’s Chinese name could be given as Meizi. ‘Let’s Go Gay’ had none of the connotations that a song title like that would today. ‘Gay’ back then just meant ‘Happy’. There was even a popular entertainment spot in Singapore called Gay World. The Chinese script gives the song’s title as ‘Enjoy Yourself Tonight’. The cover shows two A Go Go dancers who featured on many A Go Go record sleeves of the day. Apart from this record the only other ones I know of from the Sparklers are two A Go Go instrumental EPs.

Comment by Steve

Correction: Radio Weekly, not Radio Times

Comment by Steve




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