This was the band by which all other Singapore bands measured their achievements. Formed as a duo with Raymond Leong and Jap Chong in 1960, The Quests later added Henry Chua as a third guitarist doubling on bass and Lim Wee Guan as drummer. Early gigs followed, along with appearances in band contests. When Raymond left the band to further his studies, he was replaced by Reggie Verghese, formerly of The Checkmates. The Quests had several lead singers such as Siri Perera and Wilson David; they auditioned for EMI with Wilson and were accepted as an instrumental unit. Their first hit “Shanty,” composed by bass player Henry, was a No.1 hit in Singapore in August 1964. The band also teamed with Forces singer Keith Locke and had several hits with him. Keith left in 1967 and Vernon Cornelius became the new lead singer. In mid-1967, guitarist/bassist Henry left and was replaced by Sam Toh. In late 1967, The Quests took up a nine-month residency in Hong Kong; while there, they enjoyed a No.1 hit with “Mr. Rainbow.” Vernon left after the residency and the band continued with early members Reggie and Jap sharing vocal duties. Keyboard player Peter Richards was a late addition before the band’s demise in 1971.