International music star Disti Meerac now living in Sydney, Australia has recorded three songs loved by Vernon Corea (the legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster) as a tribute to him. Disti was a member of the well known group ‘Rhythm Knights’ and he sang on the Sri Lanka circuit with all the stars including Cliff Foenander. Vernon has introduced the Rhythm Knights on so many stages around the island when he compered the top shows. He was a leading compere at the time in the 1960s. Disti knew Vernon Corea so well. The three songs were – Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen, Blue Moon and Know Other Love. Vernon has also sung the first two songs with his brother Ernest Corea in a duet in Maha Nuge Gardens. Both brothers had very good voices and were always singing together.
Disti also relates the stories behind the songs in his tribute to Vernon Corea posted on the social media site, Facebook.
‘When Ivan, Vernon’s son related a very short story to me..I almost felt the presence of this charismatic personality VERNON COREA …a legend of RADIO CEYLON..There are three songs tied to this bit I have to say to you.. GOD ONLY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN, NO OTHER LOVE, AND BLUE MOON……………………One of Vernon’s Radio Ceylon colleagues was getting married and he mentioned that he wished he could have had set of musicians at his wedding reception…but could not afford it…So Vernon got together some musicians friends..and his son Ivan carried his ‘recorder’ and Ivan played it , Vernon sat at the piano..and the music played on…just like a fairy tale…………..The Groom did not have to pay of course, and so the true personality, the sparkling,magnanimous personality of VERNON COREA was on show……….He went out made a recording for his wife Monica, these were the days of 78 rpm and gramaphones…yeah he sang this for her. NO OTHER LOVE was derived from CHOPIN’s etude and the famous JO STAFFORD sang this beautiful song…Today , I dedicate this in memory of a friend of mine and a friend of RHYTHM KINIGHTS… Pardon me, for any shortcomings on my part,,,on these three song I have sung here — at SYDNEY.’
It was posted on the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group Page.