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Pioneer musician Jap Chong of The Quests dies of heart attack

Published on Mar 2, 2014 10:05 PM
Guitarist and founder of The Quests Jap Chong (extreme right) is pictured with bandmates (from left) bassist Sam Toh, drummer Lim Wee Guan, singer Vernon Cornelius, and lead guitarist Raymond Leong. Chong, one of Singapore's pioneer musicians, died on Sunday afternoon from a heart attack. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

ONE of Singapore's pioneer musicians, Jap Chong of The Quests, died on Sunday afternoon from a heart attack.

Fellow band member, singer Vernon Cornelius, said Mr Chong, 71, had been suffering from heart disease and kidney failure for several years now. His heart for instance, was working at less than 30 per cent capacity.

Mr Chong was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

The late Mr Chong was the founder of wildly popular 1960s band The Quests, which once toppled The Beatles off Singapore and Malaysia's Hit Parade Charts with its original song, Shanty.

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