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The Fabulous Echoes - A Little Bit Of Soap - Slide Show

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Published on Jul 11, 2007

The FABULOUS ECHOES, a pop group based in Hong Kong in the early 60's.

They made several records that were very popular in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia in the early and mid 60's, such as "A Little Bit Of Soap," "Sunshine," "Dancing On The Moon," and "The Wedding."

That early line-up: Tony Ruivivar (guitar), Bert Sagum (vocals, percussions), Terry Lucido (keyboards), Stan Robertson (bass guitar), Danny Ruivivar (drummer) and Cliff Foenander (lead vocalist).

Tony, Bert, Terry and Danny were from the Philippines, Stan was from Scotland, and Cliff was from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

The Fabulous Echoes later evolved into The Society of Seven of Waikiki (1966 thru 1999) and current Las Vegas fame.
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(Comments from my archives):

The Fabulous Echoes from Hong Kong were exactly what their name said they had to be. Fabulous!!

The Fab Echoes, as they were also called, were another big reason why I always muse that the early 1960's was the best time of my life in Singapore. I was hooked on them the very first time I heard "A Little Bit Of Soap" on Rediffusion. What a great pop masterpiece that song was, a timeless classic that still sounds as fresh today as it did forty-five years ago.

I quickly learned that the boys were from Hong Kong, that four of the group members were Filipinos, the bass player was from Scotland, and their lead vocalist, Cliff Foenander, was from Ceylon. I recall wondering even then why this group, being from Hong Kong, had no Chinese bandmember.

Because of "A Little Bit Of Soap," I found myself always looking forward to every new Fab Echoes record that came along. And the boys did not disappoint me. Even though they really did not release a ton of records, what a string of memorable hits they had for a couple of years in the early and mid-1960's. "Dancing On The Moon," "Sunshine," "Baby Elephant Walk," "Carmen Twist," "I Know," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and the song that stole the hearts of young pretty girls everywhere, "The Wedding."

I always wished I could sing like Cliff Foenander. I remember working very hard to sing "A Little Bit Of Soap" and "The Wedding" just like how Cliff sang on their records. All the way down to the pathetic sobs in "The Wedding." Man, was I pitiful.

For the younger generations in Singapore who may not know this, The Fabulous Echoes were very, very big in Singapore in the early and mid-1960's. Hong Kong might have claimed the boys as their favorite sons, but Singapore also adopted The Fabulous Echoes as our own. After all, most of the group members were Filipinos, and the front man was from Ceylon. They all looked like they could be Singaporeans, yes?

It is my opinion that The Fabulous Echoes, The Blue Diamonds, Anneke Gronloh, Boy and His Rollin' Kids, Sandra Reemer, all of them, they are all very deserving of induction into the Singapore 60's Pop Music Hall Of Fame because of the special inspiration they gave to our own local future stars. They all showed our future Crescendos, Sundowners, Quests, Trailers, Naomi & The Boys, The Thunderbirds, The Cyclones, et al, that we Asians could make pop music just as stellar as the recording stars from England and the United States could. It was always an extra special thrill for us Singapore fans to hear our local stars on Rediffusion competing and keeping up with the English and the American stars on radio shows like "Top Tunes Of The Week" and also the radio shows that played requests and dedications.

Flash forward to today. The old Fabulous Echoes from the past are no more. Several of the members from their hitsmaking days in the 1960's have passed away. Tony Ruivivar and Bert Sagum have evolved into Society Of Seven, now headlining in Las Vegas a big part of the year, and also doing a few concert tours when they are taking a break from Vegas.

Unfortunately for all fans of The Fab Echoes, Society Of Seven does not integrate any Fab Echoes songs in their show. Tony Ruivivar told me once, "Hang on to your Fabulous Echoes records, they are collector's items now."

For those interested, I have uploaded the early history of The Fabulous Echoes in three parts at YouTube, and I invite you to watch the video clips.

Everytime I hear the "Soap" song, it's a very good flashback to the good old days...

"A Little Bit of Soap will wash away your lipstick on my face,
A Little Bit of Soap will never, never, never ever erase
The pain in my heart and my eyes as I go through the lonely years,
A Little Bit of Soap will never wash away my tears."

July 30, 2008
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