British vocal group The Swingles still fresh after more than 50 years

The Swingles will perform their first Singapore show at the Esplanade Concert Hall on May 16.
The Swingles will perform their first Singapore show at the Esplanade Concert Hall on May 16.PHOTO: ESPLANADE

The Swingles have rotated through 81 singers since they were formed in 1962, each lending a unique quality to the group

More than five decades since they formed in 1962, British vocal group The Swingles have remained popular and relevant. The group's constantly rotating line-up has ensured that each new member that joins the five-time Grammy Award-winning group brings with him or her something fresh.

The Swingles have seen 81 singers since they were first formed in Paris by late American singer and jazz musician Ward Swingle, says current member Oliver Griffiths, who is a tenor in the group. He was speaking in a telephone interview ahead of the group's first Singapore show at the Esplanade Concert Hall on May 16.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Still fresh after more than 50 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe