Recently, Malaysian rock queen Ella came back to the limelight to sing a few songs at the prestigious closing ceremony of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
In front of thousands, Ella once again sang her hit single ‘Standing In The Eyes of the World’ to the crowd, and was replied back with a grand, echoing sing-a-long that sent chills in anyone’s spine, just like during the 1998 Commonwealth games.
But did you know that ‘Standing In The Eyes of the World’ was co-written by a musical legend from the United States? The song was written by local songwriter Idris Wah and David Gates, well-known composer, singer-songwriter, and former vocalist for superpop band Bread, popular for hits like ‘If’, ‘Everything I Own’, and ‘Make It With You’. David himself has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Monkees and Bobby Darin.
Here’s a rare recording of David Gates performing the earlier version of ‘Standing In The Eyes of The World’ in full English language.