Crooner lends voice in tribute to Dr M

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Top-of-the-Pubs sensation Leonard Tan, a well-known face in the local entertainment circles since the 1980s, has lent his voice over the years to worthy causes.  

Today, the man dubbed “A Thousand Voices” and also known as “the Louis Armstrong of Malaysia,” will deliver his song Thank You for Being a Friend with four other vocalists from the MCA Caring and Sharing Choir as a tribute to the Prime Minister during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) campus in Kampar, Perak today.  

The tribute to the premier is from Tan's self-titled second album, with lyrics by Patrick Low and arrangement by Helen Yap.  

He will also make an appearance at a fund-raising event for Utar on Jan 26, organised by the Segambut MCA division. 

Tan said lending his voice to this cause would be more meaningful than donating cash towards the building fund for the university.  

“What I intend to do is to help raise money,'' said this charmer, who once ruled the pub circuit in the Klang Valley with his nightly gigs, in a recent interview. 

Now married with two kids, Tan has cut back on his nightlife and moved on to do something else closer to his heart.  

Singing for charity has certainly proved to be one of his callings and his presence at fund-raising events has brought in funds for causes such as MCA's Langkawi Pro-ject, a community service programme offering educational aid to the less fortunate, Montfort Boys Town and his alma mater, St Xavier's Institution in Penang. 

Tan said he was most blessed as people still wanted to see him on stage singing their favourite tunes, including oldies and pop. 

Nowadays, the 40-year-old crooner is perhaps better known for the many jingles he had sung in television commercials.  

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