Legendary Malaysian guitarist Paul Ponnudorai died

Famous legendary Malaysian guitarist Paul Ponnudorai, 51, died due to organ failure— a latent infection. Here comparisons could be made with José Feliciano, the Puerto Rican singer-guitarist who had 1960s hits with stylish remakes of songs like California Dreamin’ and Light My Fire.

No doubt, Ponnudorai is better. Once Time magazine described Ponnudorai as “quite possibly the greatest musical interpreter of our time”, the Ipoh-born guitarist came to prominence in the 1980s as a sought-after club performer.

Right on Time, Ponnudorai’s first album—mostly covers but with a couple of originals, which was released in 2005. While the guitarist’s music ability was across the board and he was able to shine in all genres—from blues and rock to jazz and bluegrass and pop.

The wake held Saturday from 2pm onwards at the Gui Yin Funeral Parlour at Jln 222, Petaling Jaya. It has been decided by the family members that the funeral is scheduled for Monday. Ponnudorai leaves behind his wife, 91-year-old mother Kamalam, four brothers, three sisters, nieces, nephews and a host of fans.

Watch the Paul Ponnudorai  hit song California Dreamin

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