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Sunday, January 04, 2009

A Home Party With The Stylers In The 60s


Home parties were the craze in the 60s. With few high-rise apartments and many village houses, terrace houses, semi-detached bungalows, etc. neighbours were tolerant with their kampong spirit so noisy home gatherings playing guitar music would not attract police cars to the area.
I used to MC Xmas parties and one where The Stylers (pic) entertained. There was less rock n roll but more cha-cha-cha, rhumba and sentimental music. Between dances and cuddlings the guests were treated to finger-food and floor games (definitely clean).
The picture shows JOHN TEO (leader/lead guitar) seated right on the amplifier. Bands saved the income to buy instruments and band outfit. Remember the other members? Randy Lee (rhythm guitarist), Frankie Abdullah (bass), Osman (drums). The man in front is Mr. Kwok and for many years, managed the band.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many bands start off playing for birthday parties, wedding dinners, anniversaries, house parties, picnics, small clubs, etc.

Later they hit the big time playing at hotels, theatres, stadiums, SEAsia...

Now with foreign bands coming in cheap, our local chaps have to make do with the same all over again playing at restaurants, small clubs, weddings...

Andy Young* said...

Yes, some big names in the 60s are now playing in private clubs and hotels still. And doing quite well too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy
Members of the Stylers from left to right of the image: Randy Lee (rhythm guitarist) Frankie Abdullah (bass) Osman (drums) and John Teo (lead guitarist)

Regards
Randy

Andy Young* said...

Thanks Randy,
Really great to hear from you. Did you remember playing at this corner single-storey house at Geylang, Lorong 41 in the early 60s?

Do write in again when you can.
Cheers.