Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nostalgic Weekend - Rocky Teoh & The Falcons

ROCKY TEOH BENG HOCK (1949-1990) could be considered as Malaysia's first and best Elvis Presley Impersonator, was born in Taiping, Perak on the 2nd of April 1946. His love for singing was inspired by no less than the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself.

During his teens, Rocky won many school talentime contests and also later, went on to win many "Elvis Champion" titles throughout Malaysia. At age 18 he was already singing and doing "live" shows in and around Taiping and Ipoh. A year later, a local Recording Company sign him up. He recorded his first 45rpm 2 tracks Single when he was 19 years old. Both songs were his personal Elvis
favorites "Crying In The Chapel" b/w "There's Always Me". In 1965, he released his first EP (Extended Play) compilation. The song that took the Malaysian pop scene by storm was "JACQUELINE" a self-penned composition to the tune of "Yeh Lai Shiang" which was popularised then by the late Teresa Teng. He dedicated this piece to his childhood girlfriend who later, became his wife.

Today when you mention Rocky Teoh, older folks still remember him fondly and also remember those catchy hit songs of his "Jacqueline", "Selina", "Goodbye" and "Thinking Of You."

He made a total of 9EPs and 2 LPs (Long Playing) vinyl reord albums.
Rocky and his excellent band The Fabulous Falcom toured around Malaysia and Singapore from 1965 to 1967 performing in Cathay Organisation Theatres playing to packed audiences everywhere. They also toured Thailand in September 1966. "The Falcons" backing Rocky Teoh is not to be confused with the other KL group, also known as The Falcons, led by Brian Felix.

He died tragically in a car accident on 9 September 1990. This was coincidently the date on which Elvis Presley made his debute performance in the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956.

Previous Features:

The Saints, Kuala Lumpur

The Quests, Singapore

The "Little" Falcons, Kuala Lumpur

The Crescendos, Singapore

Rose Iwanaga, Sarawak

Naomi & The Boys Singapore

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