The Stylers

Profile:
Singapore garage group.

During the early 60s, The Shadows were one of the most popular instrumental groups among Singapore teenagers. Anyone who was capable enough to pick up a guitar and strum some musical chords would like to emulate themselves as The Shadows. That was also a boom period for local music with The Crescendos leading the charge towards stardom, followed by The Quests and others.

Among the thousands enthusiastic young lads who chased the dream of The Shadows were four teenagers from the East Coast of Singapore – Rahman, Frankie Abdullah, Idros and Randy Lee Keng. They teamed up as a band with 3 Guitarists and a Drummer and called themselves The Angels, managed by Randy’s Uncle. Rahman was on lead guitar, Frankie on bass, Randy on rhythm and Idros on drums. When Rahman left the group in 1962, John Teo replaced him on lead guitar and when Idros left, Osman came on as the group’s drummer. By then the group’s name has changed to The Rhythm Strikers. Most of their early days' practice sessions were held at Joo Chiat Terrace. While performing at one of the functions organized by Cathay Organization, the establishment’s manager, a Caucasian, suggested that the group take on another name change to The Stylers, since they were performing with a lot of style, commitment and showmanship on stage.

As the group gained more confidence over time with frequent practices and party gigs, they decided to participate in the Cliff Richard & The Shadows Contest organized by Shaw Organization in late 1962. To their own surprise, the group emerged as Runner-Up with The Shadows' greatest hit - Apache, 2nd to the eventual winners – The Stompers. Surprised was the feeling because there were much more established groups during that period. A group called The Trekkers came in third.

Following this success, the group was offered several contracts and gigs over the island and even landed up with a 2-year Tea Dance contract at the popular Celestial Room at Amber Mansions, Orchard Road.

Over the years there were more changes to the group’s line-up. When Frankie, Osman and Stewart Chew (vocals) left, Ronnie See (vocals), Douglas Tan (bass) and Alvin Wong (drums) from The Burns joined them. It was during their stint at the Celestial Room when Robert Song joined the group as well. Robert was also responsible the The Stylers icon design with two bunny ears on the “S”. In late 1963 or early 64 they had their first recording contract sealed with Miracle Records together with a singer by the name of Maggie. The record was a big success as this was followed by several more recordings and offers of contracts by different recording companies in the region, including live performances at the National Theatre, Musical Express and Early Bird Shows at the Capitol and Odean cinemas. The Stylers were also high on demand for Getais, a yearly event and most of the districts in Singapore where they performed would book them one year in advance. The Stylers has finally arrived!

During the 60s and 70s, The Stylers were one of the most popular local group, proficient in both Eastern and Western music although they were much better known among the Mandarin speaking masses. They were probably the local group that released the most records in different languages including Mandarin, English, Hokkien, Cantonese, both instrumentals and vocals, and even a few Malay albums. The group produced more than a thousand records in total, which also included works with other popular artistes from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Some of these artistes included Wang Chin Yuen, Chang Xiao Yin, Lena Lim, Lin Ying, Victor Wu Kang, Yuli, Chen Jie, Maggie & Judy Teng, Chopstick Sisters, Pearl Sisters, comedians Wang Sa & Ya Fung, Nan Hong, Donny Yap, Kok Peng Kim, Huang Li Qin, Simon Junior, Rahiman Rahim, Chen Kum Cheong, Long Piau Piau, Yao Su Rong, Zhang Wei Wei, Fong Fei Fei, Jenny Tseng, Lau Chi Weng, Ervinna, Robin, Lisa Wong, Michelle Xie, and Huang Xiao Jun among others. In addition, the group recorded with more than 30 different recording companies from the region. The group’s repertoire of Eastern and Western music ranges from A-Go-Go, Off-Beat Cha Cha, Classical Chinese Instrumentals, Soul, Rhythm & Blues and more.

The group’s line-up remained stabilized until 1980 when Lawrence Lum from the SBC Orchestra replaced the late Alvin Wong. Members of the Stylers also set up their own recording company with themselves and their manager Ronald Tham as shareholders.

Like all successful groups, The Stylers band also eased out of the entertainment circles gradually in the 1990s when Robert Song migrated to the Philippines while John and Randy decided to venture into other businesses. But their music still lives on till this day and members of the group are still active in the music scene.

From the liner notes to "The Stylers - Our Songs" 6CD set.
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The Stylers Discography Tracks

Albums

CTLP 1007 The Stylers - The Stylers 之声 / 幾度花落時 album art The Stylers The Stylers 之声 / 幾度花落時(LP, Album) Antelope (2) CTLP 1007 Singapore 1969 Sell This Version
The Stylers - 24 Hits For Your Party: Nonstop Dancing album art The Stylers 24 Hits For Your Party: Nonstop Dancing (Album) Antelope (2) Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
The Stylers - 輕鬆的旋律 時代樂廾四首最新流行輕音樂 album art The Stylers 輕鬆的旋律 時代樂廾四首最新流行輕音樂 (Album) Panda Records (14) Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1021 The Stylers - 36 New Sounds From The Stylers album art The Stylers 36 New Sounds From The Stylers(LP, Album) Antelope (2) CTLP 1021 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1011 The Stylers - The Stylers 之声 Vol. 3 (第三集) album art The Stylers The Stylers 之声 Vol. 3 (第三集)(LP, Album) Antelope (2) CTLP 1011 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1026 The Stylers - 36 Great Hits From The Stylers album art The Stylers 36 Great Hits From The Stylers(LP) Antelope (2) CTLP 1026 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1022 The Stylers - Non Stop Dancing album art The Stylers Non Stop Dancing(LP, Album) Antelope (2) CTLP 1022 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1029 The Stylers - 36 Great Hits From The Sylers album art The Stylers 36 Great Hits From The Sylers(LP) Antelope (2) CTLP 1029 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
CTLP 1012 The Stylers - The Stylers 之声 Vol. 4 (第四集) album art The Stylers The Stylers 之声 Vol. 4 (第四集)(LP, Album) Antelope (2) CTLP 1012 Singapore 1970 Sell This Version
L.N. 7167 The Stylers - 36 Great. Hits From The Stylers album art The Stylers 36 Great. Hits From The Stylers(LP, Ora) Art Sea Record L.N. 7167 South Vietnam 1971 Sell This Version
HLP 3001 The Stylers - Top Hits By The Stylers album art The Stylers Top Hits By The Stylers(LP) Panda Records (14) HLP 3001 Singapore 1971 Sell This Version
YFLP 1036 The Stylers - 梁善美之歌 album art 梁善美*, The Stylers 梁善美*, The Stylers - 梁善美之歌(LP) 藝風 YFLP 1036 Singapore 1971 Sell This Version
CTLP 1031 The Stylers - 36 Great Hits From The Stylers album art The Stylers 36 Great Hits From The Stylers(LP) Antelope (2) CTLP 1031 Singapore 1971 Sell This Version
MCLP-1017 The Stylers - 愛的苦酒 album art 黃清元 = Wong Ching Yian* & The Stylers 黃清元 = Wong Ching Yian* & The Stylers - 愛的苦酒(LP, Album) Man Chi Records Co. MCLP-1017 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1971 Sell This Version
YHLP 1543 The Stylers - The Stylers album art The Stylers The Stylers(LP, Album) Panda Records (14) YHLP 1543 Singapore 1971 Sell This Version
YHLP 1548 The Stylers - Cha Cha Cha album art The Stylers Cha Cha Cha(LP, Album) Panda Records (14) YHLP 1548 Singapore 1971 Sell This Version
The Stylers - New Sound From The Stylers album art The Stylers New Sound From The Stylers (Album) Panda Records (14) Singapore 1972 Sell This Version
YFLP 1023 鄭錦昌*, The Stylers 鄭錦昌*, The Stylers - 不得了(LP, Album) 藝風 YFLP 1023 Singapore 1972 Sell This Version
YHLP 1552 The Stylers - 我没抛弃你 album art 黃清元 & The Stylers 黃清元 & The Stylers - 我没抛弃你(LP, Album) Panda Records (14) YHLP 1552 Singapore 1972 Sell This Version
WLP3018 The Stylers - 唐山 大兄 (The Big Boss)  album art Cheng Kam Cheong, The Stylers Cheng Kam Cheong, The Stylers - 唐山 大兄 (The Big Boss) (LP, Album, Mono) Antelope (2) WLP3018 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1972 Sell This Version
YHLP 1554 The Stylers - Great Guitar Sounds From The Stylers Vol. 1 album art The Stylers Great Guitar Sounds From The Stylers Vol. 1(LP, Album) Panda Records (14) YHLP 1554 Singapore 1972 Sell This Version
YHLP 1560 The Stylers - 時代新旋律18首 album art The Stylers 時代新旋律18首(LP, Album) Panda Records (14) YHLP 1560 Singapore 1973 Sell This Version
STLP-2096 The Stylers - 絲絲淚 album art 麗莎*, The Stylers 麗莎*, The Stylers - 絲絲淚(LP, Album) Star (24) STLP-2096 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1973 Sell This Version
EALP - 123L The Stylers - Top Hits album art Ervinna & The Stylers Ervinna & The Stylers - Top Hits(LP, Album) White Cloud (3) EALP - 123L Singapore 1973 Sell This Version
TAR 9002 The Stylers - The Sound of Prinstar Accompanied by The Stylers  album art The Stylers The Sound of Prinstar Accompanied by The Stylers (LP, Album) Prinstar Records TAR 9002 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1975 Sell This Version

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