PETALING JAYA: Evergreen crooner Johnny Tillotson is happy to be back in Malaysia to perform for the umpteenth time.
“I have probably seen as much of Malaysia as most Malaysians,” the 64-year-old US singer-songwriter said during a press conference on Saturday.
“I’ve seen the historical city of Malacca, as well as Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching and even Ipoh.”
The last time he was in the country was during Christmas in 1997.
During this trip, he will pay tribute to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is the patron of the Malaysian Liver Foundation (MLF) at the foundation’s charity dinner at Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel on July 23.
“Performing for Dr Mahathir will be exciting,” he said. “It is a great honour for me to perform for the Prime Minister. I have always admired him for his strength, wisdom and charisma.”
Tillotson is expected to render his hit songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s such as Poetry In Motion; Judy, Judy, Judy; It Keeps Right on Hurtin’; Dreamy Eyes and Without You.
Tillotson, who was born in Florida and is now based in Los Angeles, catapulted to fame at a National Pet Milk Talent Contest in 1957 at the age of 18 and has been capturing hearts with his dreamy love songs ever since.
“I like songs that are either a lot of fun or make you cry,” he said.
Local artistes Sharizan Borhan and Nora will also perform at the MLF dinner. Tables are priced from RM5,000 to RM50,000. For enquiries, call Prema Ong (03-2300 3455), Tabitha Revi (03-5630 5417) or Bernard Paul (017-881 4400).
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