Disti Meerac records a tribute to Vernon Corea on the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group

Top Asian musician Disti Meerac now living in Australia was in the Sri Lankan group Rhythm Nights in the 1960s.

Top Asian musician Disti Meerac now living in Australia was in the Sri Lankan group Rhythm Nights in the 1960s.

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

International musician, Disti Meerac recorded a special tribute in song to the legendary Radio Ceylon/SLBC broadcaster Vernon Corea on the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group. Disti sang three songs that Vernon loved and played on the piano – Vernon was an accomplished jazz pianist – he recorded ‘Smile,’ ‘Oh When the Saints,’ and ‘Chattanooga.’

Writing on the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group, Disti Meerac said: ‘SMILE THOUGH YOUR HEART IS ACHING…I’ve known VERNON and never was there a moment , that I thought his heart was breaking..on the the contrary, he always appeared as if his heart was full of joy.. ……………………Entertainment biz is such that you make friends without ever having to meet families…Met VERNON at gigs…this is a dedication to this LEGEND…I learned that he liked these songs, and thus, this dedication..on VERNON’s B’day…Happy to have the presence of IVAN..his son, and daughter OUIDA..on RADIO CEYLON Facebook …VERNON, we shall meet again..though it would not be in this world. — at SYDNEY.’

Disti added:’In certain ways Vernon was a mentor to people…like myself and other musicians.. who get up on stage..and we copy and learn from personalities like this..as how one can ‘ideally’ reach out to get the best out people………………….The ‘ART’ of speaking TO …to ALL the people … and enthusing a ‘crowd’..( on a dance floor, the audience at a concert etc) who took effort to come to an event..to ENJOY themselves..yes, he enthused people…that VERNON did.. He was one of a kind..unique in CEYLON/SRI LANKA…’

Recalling the days when Vernon was the leading Compere on the island of Sri Lanka in the 1950s, 1960s era, Disti Meerac said: ‘I have to repeat a story of VERNON..and his association with RHYTHM KNIGHTS..It was a 31st nite which was’ broadcast live’ on RADIO CEYLON…and the sponsor of that dance was late Sivali.B.Ekanayake..a good friend of ours..meaning VERNON and I…that night Sivali wanted to show off his ‘prowess’ at the piano…and Vernon gave Sivali a nod and a wink saying..’yeah. its okay if you want to, Sivali…………………..and Sivali played the piano..’live’ that night..it was an unmitigated disaster. Vernon was up to occasion and said..words to this effect ” ” “listeners, here we have auctioneer/valuer Sivali treating the piano without bias and thumped ALL 88 keys of the piano..” appropriate words gushed out so appropriately, out of this guy, a born natural ‘broadcaster of the airwaves….That was the FIRST time i came to know that a piano had 88 keys !…he said it in such a nice way without demeaning poor Sivali’s effort on piano…and it was years later that i came to learn that VERNON was a jazz pianist, too…surely a humble legend of our times.’

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