1971

1971-1

As much as Sooriya was Gerald and Dulcie Wickremesooriya, Vijaya Corea has to be mentioned in the same breath as he was an integral part of building Sooriya and Sinhala pop music. “Without Vijaya, there wouldn’t be Sooriya” was often said by Gerald Wickremesooriya.

The first Sri Lankan member of the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

19714

Sooriya released the first LP produced in Sri Lanka: “The Sooriya Show” bearing catalogue number CHB LP 1.

19716

Commenced the weekly “Sooriya Show” on radio broadcasting on the English service of Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation.

A highlight in the Sooriya calendar was the weekly radio program “The Sooriya Show” every Thursday at 9.45pm. Hosted by Vijaya Corea, the golden voice of all Sooriya live shows.

1971-2

Sooriya was the first to blend traditional drum rhythms with a western orchestra: Sooriya  pop orchestra combined with Pani Bharatha’s drummers for the first time at a Sooriya Show on August 22, 1971

1971-3

The first Child artiste to launch a disc: Shiromi Fernando. The disc became the second big seller on Sooriya label after “Dilhani”.

1971-5

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1971

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