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An evening in Casablanca

THE man who wrote the songs "Casablanca" and "Key Largo" will give a solo concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on May 28.

It will be the China debut for 65-year-old singer-songwriter Bertie Higgins who also wrote "Just Another Day in Paradise," "A Wonderful Waste of Time," "Miami Moon" and "Caroling Blue."

Higgins will sing all of them again in the Shanghai concert.

But the famous song featured in the classic film "Casablanca" is "As Time Goes By" written in 1931 by Herman Hupfeld. It became most famous when it was reintroduced in the 1942 movie and sung by Dooley Wilson.

Higgins' song "Casablanca" (1982) refers to the original that contained famous lyrics such as, "A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is still a sigh, the fundamental things apply as time goes by."

This one is about young people falling in love at a drive-in movie as they watch the film "Casablanca."

Spanish performer Julio Iglesias called Higgins "one of the most gifted songwriters and singers that I know."

Higgins, who was born in Florida, became the protege of the late actor-director Richard Boone who discovered his writing potential and tutored him in screen writing.

His writing career would have to wait, however, as he diverted his creative abilities toward the music business.?"Casablanca" became the Song of the Year in all of the Pacific Rim, and when the CD reached double platinum status, Higgins became an international recording star overnight.

"I never realized how progressive and interesting China was until I finally got the chance to visit," says Higgins. "The people are warm and kind and beautiful."

Date: May 28, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 180-880 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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