article which appeared in the Singaporean paper, The Straits
Times, in April 1971, during Christie's tour of Singapore.
POP star Jeff Christie today spoke up for Brahms, Bach
and Beethoven with due regrets.
Jeff, who wears his hair at shoulder
length, arrived here this morning with Vic Elmes and Paul
Fenton, the two other members of his group, together called
Speaking of his musical career at
the airport, Jeff recalled his having given up classical
music for Elvis Presley.
Elvis was the rave during
my teen years. Like every other boy I fell for his music
so much. I gave up learning classical piano and took up
the guitar instead, he said.
He had begun piano practices at
the age of five, and had been playing the classical piano
till after the age of 10.
I regret not having taken
up serious music further, before going on to the guitar,
although Jeff likes classical music, he can't stand
And jazz? I can take jazz
only in small doses. Jazz is too busy for me. I like music
that hits straightaway, hits straight to the heart.
Music is meant to entertain.
If you have to concentrate hard on the music to appreciate
it, it's no good.
Another thing Jeff doesn't likie
is people who put labels on music.
Jeff says Christie play the kind
of music they like, and they didn't like people labelling
it as semi-rock, hard rock, or
Jeff calls these people pseduo-intellectuals.
Jeff took up pop music professionally
at the age of 18. Now 26, he is glad to have produced one
big hit recording, Yellow River,
which he wrote two years ago.
But Christie are not swept off their
feet by the giddy success of Yellow
River, which skyrocketed them to fame.
Fame is 80 per cent hard slog,
20 per cent glamour. And it is not easy to win success as
soul musicians .. there are so many of them around.,
Christie have just completd a new
album called For All Mankind.
They perform for one night only
at the National Theatre tonight.