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Veteran composer Louie Ocampo reveals bittersweet story behind hit song "Tell Me"

by Jojo Gabinete
Jan 10, 2023
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Veteran composer Louie Ocampo (left) will mark his 45th anniversary in the music industry via a star-studded concert titled "Composer Ka Lang." Unfortunately, Joey Albert (right), who sang many of Louie's compositions, will not be able to attend.

Composer Ka Lang ang pamagat ng 45th anniversary concert ng multi-awarded composer at hitmaker na si Louie Ocampo.

Dalawang gabing mapapanood, sa February 4 at February 5, 2023, sa The Theatre at Solaire ang star-studded na concert ni Louie.

Sina Basil Valdez, Sharon Cuneta, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, at Sarah Geronimo ang ilan sa featured performers.

Sa kasamaang-palad, hindi makakauwi ng Pilipinas si Joey Albert para sa anniversary show ni Louie dahil may conflict sa schedule niya.

Hindi magiging kumpleto ang kasaysayan ng matagumpay na music career ni Louie kung hindi babanggitin si Joey dahil sa hit collaboration songs nila tulad ng "Tell Me," "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin," "It’s Over Now," "Points of View" (duet with Pops Fernandez), "Yakapin Mo Ako," "Memories," at "You Threw It All Away."

Ang "Tell Me" ang unang hit song ni Joey noong 1984.

Halaw ang lyrics nito sa mga tunay na karanasan ni Louie na ikinuwento nito sa press conference ng Composer Ka Lang na ginanap nitong Martes ng hapon, January 10, 2023.

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ANNA IN LOUIE'S LIFE

Nabuo ni Louie ang "Tell Me" nang labis na masaktan ang kanyang puso nang tapusin ni "Anna" ang kanilang relasyon noong 1983.

“Her name was Anna. That’s why I have this song 'Anna' [isa sa mga hit song ng Apo noong dekada ‘80].

“I was 23 years old, but please don’t crucify me for what I am going to say… it’s because she was 15 years old," nakakagulat na pagbubunyag niya.

"But I believe kasi na once in a person’s life, mababaliw ka, and I think that was what happened to me.

"What’s the word? Head over heels. I will do anything. I was really baliw!

“And then, there was a time I had to leave for the States [for the concert tour] with Music & Magic and Kuh Ledesma. I think I was the musical director.

“I was sad. I didn’t want to go and be away from Anna for two weeks. At that time, long distance [calls] pa. Collect call or whatever… talagang maghuhulog ka ng bente-singko o whatsoever.

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“Fast forward, I went on to that tour. Every day I call her.

"On the day I was going home, sa San Francisco airport, tawag ako, 'I miss you. I’m gonna see you soon. I love you!’

“Huling tunog niya, hindi siya sumasagot.

“Sabi ko, 'Why are you quiet?'

“Ang sabi niya, ‘I don’t love you anymore!’

“'Haaa? Teka… how can that be? What did I do? How can you say just like that? Tell me, what did I do? Why? Why?'

“And then, ‘Paging Louie Ocampo, you’re asked to board.’

“Sabi ko, ‘When I get home, I’m going straight to your house…' Sa eroplano, hu hu hu! Iyak ako nang iyak."

Pagpapatuloy na lahad ni Louie, “When I got home, I went straight to her house and I said exactly, ‘Tell me. Where did I go wrong? What did I do? How can you change your mind just like that when you have said that this will be forever?’

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“And she didn’t want to talk to me. She didn’t want to answer me so I just left. I was really in pain.

“And I wrote the song. I was really devastated,”

Sa pagkakakuwento ni Louie ay parang kahapon lamang nangyari ang sakit na naramdaman ng kanyang puso dahil tinapos ni Anna ang kanilang relasyon.

LOUIE-JOEY LOVE STORY

Naniniwala si Louie na ang "Tell Me" ang instrumento kaya nagkaroon sila ng relasyon noon ni Joey Albert.

Hindi isinasantabi ni Louie ang katotohanang may kontribusyon si Joey sa mapanakit na lyrics ng "Tell Me."

Kuwento niya, “At that time, I met Joey already through her sister/manager Marissa who was handling Richard Tann.

“I see Joey once in a while in her house, meeting with Richard and Inno Sotto for a show.

“Siyempre, nakukyutan din ako kay Joey kahit papaano. Si Joey naman is very charming.

"Magpapa-cute siya, ‘Write me naman a song,’ and then I asked her to sing 'Tell Me.'

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“But wait, I’m still lacking one line. Sa kanya yung line na ‘But if this love's not ours to have I'll let it go with your goodbye.’

“I’d like to think na naging kami because of the song.”

May sagot si Louie sa mga nagtanong tungkol sa kinaroroonan ngayon ni Anna, na alam na isinulat ang timeless song na "Tell Me" dahil sa kanya.

“I did bump into her ten years ago.Yes, she knows. Quiet lang, but proud din siya…” sabi ni Louie.

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Veteran composer Louie Ocampo (left) will mark his 45th anniversary in the music industry via a star-studded concert titled "Composer Ka Lang." Unfortunately, Joey Albert (right), who sang many of Louie's compositions, will not be able to attend.
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