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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Even if I could still do the twist, felicia, the problem would be untwisting to “get back to normal.”

    Anyway, database item 1175 says the record was “cut by SukiYuki” in 1975 and describes the act as “a local duo from Ipoh.”

    In fact, the record was made in 1963 and “Sukiyaki” was the song on the B-side. The performers were Hong Kong singers Billie Tam (seen on the left) and Tsui Ping. They were solo performers who joined up for this one recording.

    As for “Sukiyaki”: Originally it was a Japanese song, Ue o muite arukล, written by Hachidai Nakamura and Rokusuke Ei, and recorded by Kyu Sakamoto in 1961. In those days it was still quite difficult for many people to love anything Japanese, but Sakamoto’s recording became quite popular. You can watch him sing it here:


    The title line, Ue o muite arukล, refers to the singer looking up as he walks (so his tears don’t fall). That was the original Japanese title. For the international market all lyrics were removed and the song was re-titled “Sukiyaki,” which is a name for a sort of Japanese beef dish (a non-sweet version of shabu-shabu).

      • ika says:

        Thanks for the detail and correction, As you will see the item and description was provided by Raja Abdul Razak, Penang. We shall amend the entry.

        Raja Abdul Razak also provided entries 1173 and 1174. Perhaps you would like to have a look at those as well,

        • ika says:

          Thank you for the correction. I found the full description on the net but as this has got nothing to do with our main topic I have simply amended the item with your description. That will more than suffice.

  2. sk says:

    For a person reaching almost Septuagenarian, after this article I tried on my grand niece Hula Hoop. For an expert Hula Hoop twister in the 1960’s, the hula fell straight from the waist to the floor ! . I only realized I could not twist & hula as before. We had a good laugh in front of my grand nieces. I did not know my body is so stiff like an iron ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Cheng says:

    Grew up in Ipoh and lived in Hawaii and other states. Don’t recall hula twist but twist itself. Locals, Polynesians take hula seriously and there is an annual competition held in the Big Island, Hawaii. Hula is taught in halau. Sad, hula was compromised with twist.

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