Friends celebrate musician's life with a jam session at wake


  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Aug 2003

BY AUDREY EDWARDS

Mike Croft and Philip Jeganathan were bandmates with Ricky.

PETALING JAYA: The late Ricky Yam's musician buddies did not fail him last night when they turned up in full force to fulfil his wish for a jam session at his wake. 

About 100 of them came and they took turns to play songs, including country and western ones, which was Yam's favourite type of music.  

Among the songs were Your Cheating Heart, Spanish Eyes, Crazy, Before The Next Teardrop Falls and Room At The Top Of The Stairs

The late country music bassist made this unusual request to his wife, Monique Wong Mui Yoke, several years ago when he attended a funeral of a friend, also a musician. 

He had played bass guitar for the Country Boys in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Charles Nathaniel plays for a dearly departed friend.

“I want to thank all his friends who came tonight. They are so kind and I don't know how to thank them for making his wish come true,” said Wong, 48, last night at the PJ Modern Casket Funeral Parlour. 

Yam, 52, succumbed to throat cancer on Tuesday, leaving behind his wife and four children, Jade, Pearly, Ruby and Ian.  

Saying that music was her husband's life, Wong said that Yam had continued to play the guitar even when he was weak because of his illness.  

Among those who turned up were Persatuan Karyawan hotel and club artistes division chairman Francis Danker, Persatuan Karyawan deputy president Freddie Fernandez, Edwin and Charles Nathaniel, Jimie Loh, Kenny Tay, Errol D'Cruz and Tam's former bandmates Mike Croft and Philip Jeganathan.  

Yam's funeral service will be held today at St Ignatius Church in Taman Mayang here. 

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