Leah Navarro – Hustle / Pabs Dadivas – Drive

Here we have a novelty disco record used to advertise Toyota cars in the Philippines. On one side we have Leah Navarro with Hustle and on the other side Drive by Pabs Dadivas.

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Leah Lopez Navarro was still in her late teens when she became a major pop-music star in the Philippines in the 1970s-1980s. Born to a well-off family, Leah’s mom is Nelda Lopez Navarro, a singer herself who used have her own TV program The Nelda Navarro show. Leah was practically convent-bred and finished college at Assumption College in Makati City, around the time alumna Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was teaching there.

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Her singing talent was discovered while still in school and she went on to sing pop music hits of the 1970s-1980s such as “Kailangan Kita” and “Saan Ako Nagkamali “(both by George Canseco, “Lagi na Lang” (by Nonong Pedero) and “Ang Pag-ibig Kong”. Her interpretation of “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” won the Grand Prize in the annual Metro Manila Popular Music Festival of 1976 then actively sponsored by Imee and Irene Marcos, presidential daughters and music aficionados.

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Pabs Dadivas (circled above) started as one of the original Lead singers of the super group The Circus Band. In 1974 he was voted best rock singer by a nationwide poll in the Philippines. He is best known for the hit songs “Kung Sakali”, “Mahal” and “Giliw”. He is also a 6 time winner of the “Global Music Awards” a world wide music competition.

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