2008/07/30

Matthew & The Mandarins

One of the most popular country and western group in Singapore. Two of their greatest hits were Singapore Cowboy and Let's Put The Sing In Singapore, both original compositions by Matthew Tan and Bristow Hopper. A compilation of most of their hits were released on CD in 1992 that included titles like Broken Lady, Lucille, Daytime Friends, That'll Be The Day, A Legend In My Time, The City Of New Orleans, Love Or Something Like That, I Can Almost See Houston From Here, Honky Tonk Downstairs, Stranger, Movin' On, Margaritaville, It Was Almost Like A Song, Lovesick Blues, Play Born To Lose Again, The Last Farewell, Get Down Country Music and I Really Don't Want To Know.
In 1990, Matthew also released a CD titled "Looking For A Dream", recorded at the Hilltop Studios, Nashville , Tennessee. The tracklist included Looking For A Dream, Darling Take Care Of Yourself, Jamestown Ferry, Don't Touch Me, I'm A Lonesome Fugitive, A Letter To Daddy, Fraulein, Make The World Go Away, The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, Darlin', Even The Bad Times Are Good and Ricky Top.

15 comments:

mei said...

Thanks for having me . I enjoyed the concert today and was thrilled to be able to listen to MaTTHEW AND THE Mandarins for the first time LIVE that is .

Somehow hearing him live was better than listening to the CD . Nothing like hearing it being played infront of you .

VERNON CHEONG said...

You are welcome. It was an interesting show for 60s fans. Besides Matthew & The Mandarins, Victor Woo & The Trailers and The Neu Faces, Vernon Cornelius & his group of talented musicians that included Martin Pereira, Wee Guan and others also made it a memorable evening of us. Cheers.

mei said...

Im sort of trying to load them up to youtube now... had to delete some pics and the first clip was way over the limit set for uploading . Pity

I think I m going to set upa page on my blog with all the youtube links

mei

Rach said...

Hey..I attended the first show on Saturday. The crowd was bigger and more responsive. Vernon was at his usual best.

Charles Yuen said...

Hey Vernon, do you happen to know where do Matthew & The Mandarins perform these day?

VERNON CHEONG said...

Hi Charles,

I understand they are performing at the Singapore Swimming Club every Wednesday. Cheers.

Charles Yuen said...

Thanks for the info Vernon. Our company is having its first D&D and would like to have Matthew and the boys to perform a gig in our function. Just wondering if they still accept invitations/bookings and how could I get hold of them?

VERNON CHEONG said...

Hi Charles,

Pse furnish me your email address. Cheers.

xtiansg said...

Hi Do you have a copy of Matthew and the Mandarins CD? If so, please contact me at xtiansg@Hotmail.com Thanks.

xtiansg said...

I am looking for the track, Stranger in this CD. Can you help?

Would be good if it is in MP3 or wav file.

Please email to christianchia@gmail.com

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Time flies..Great memories..
"Matthew & The Mandarins"...
This group reminds me of my early days of 1980s in singapore.
I saw them performing at Shangri-la Hotel. So wonderful to know your blog, Vernon. You are speaking to the heats of many people whom loves music and they love your music blog. Thank you Vernon for your wonderful blog.
Thumbs up and chrees!
- pia

Denny said...

I had the priviledge of meeting Matthew and the Mandarins when in Singapore in 1978. Their music brings back many happy memories of "Jack's Place" and "Singer Shark" real name Shakib al Mohary" (sorry if I missplelled your real name Shark)

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I had the great pleasure of being invited by Matthew to perform a couple of songs with him in 1988 in Singapore. I have worked with many great artists and musicians and Matthew and his band ranked among the best. An experience i will never forget. have a few great photos still. Lindsay Barton.

Zara said...

After searching for a long time, i finally realized that what was simply labelled The Mandarins in my old cassette was Matthew and the Mandarins. Living on the northeastern side of India next to Myanmar. Most of my younger days were spent listening to country music. Thus, i thought the Mandarins were proper country singer out of USA. I have damaged that cassette long ago and kept searching on the net for any source of the Mandarins. I like their song Stranger. I could not find it anywhere. If anyone have it, can you please share. I liked it much more than the Kris Kristofferson version. :-)

Zara said...

Wow. I thought that the Mandarins were proper country singers out of USA. No wonder i could not find them on the net. Can anyone please share their rendition of Stranger. I really wanted to listen to that again. I used to listen to that in the 1990s but the cassette that i have it on is long time damaged.