THE BEST PART NO MORE
Actress-singer Amy Mastura’s dream of recording another duet with Tommy Page was crushed following news of his death, write AREF OMAR and TAHIR ALHAMZAH
ACTRESS-SINGER Amy Mastura, who recorded a duet with early 90s United States pop star Tommy Page, was shocked to hear of his death.
“A friend told me of his passing and I was taken aback by the news,” she said.
Page, 46, was found dead last Friday at his New York residence, apparently of suicide.
“I thought he died in an accident or because of illness. It was shocking to me,” Amy said.
She had recorded a ballad titled, The Best Part, with Page. It was included in his sixth album,
Loving You, released in 1996. Although their individual singing parts were recorded separately, they did meet in Phuket, Thailand, for the filming of the music video. They also went on a short tour to promote the track.
The last time Amy, 45, saw Page was at the Retrofest Asia 2015 concert in Sunway Lagoon, where they performed The Best
Part together onstage.
“At the time, he looked me up and invited me to perform with him. I was surprised and touched by his gesture,” Amy said.
She said he had not changed much.
“We chatted and laughed, but he never showed any sign of depression, and seemed healthy.”
Amy said she kept in touch with Page through emails after the concert.
“We talked about collaborating again on another duet. Nothing was ever set, but the opportunity
was there and he was open to it. “Now, he’s gone...”
Amy said she would miss the artiste and described him as: “A nice, gentle and caring person, who was easy to work with.”
Page was a graduate of New York University Stern School of Business and started his music career as an artiste at Sire Records, topping the Billboard
Hot 100 chart with I’ll Be Your
Later, he became a record company executive, where he helped shape the careers of artistes such as Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban and Green Day.
Page also worked as a Billboard magazine publisher, a vice-president at Pandora and an executive at The Village Voice.
At the time of his death, he was vice-president of music partnerships at The Village Voice.
Page is survived by his partner, Charlie, and their three children.
Amy Mastura (left) and Tommy Page singing their duet, ‘The Best Part’, at the Retrofest Asia 2015 in Sunway Lagoon.