Friday, May 30, 2008

P. Ramlee - Air Mata Di Kuala Lumpur

The last song written by P.Ramlee and recorded by his wife Saloma. Air Mata Di Kuala Lumpur was written for a film which did not materialize. The lyrics of the song described frustrations over his failed ambitions after he moved to Kuala Lumpur.

He made only one movie in 1972 and none in 1973 (died same year in May). His film career at Merdeka Studio was already on the downside, partly due to bad creative environment. But P Ramlee was a visionary, he had readied himself as a film producer, even setting up Pawagam P Ramlee (formerly Queen Cinema) at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur.

Sadly, his film venture and acting career didn't last longer. There were bad business partnership and back stabbing. Few weeks before his death, while attending a film festival in Singapore he complained to his close associates about weight problem and his difficulty to walk.

He died a very unhappy man as reflected in his last studio song 'Air Mata Di Kuala Lumpur'. Obviously, of an unfulfilled dream to build up a vibrant film industry in Malaysia.

1 comment:

Yusri said...

good info... never knew this one... is that song ever being published??