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Monday, April 26, 2010
(A) The Stylers - Professional Music Makers 60s
Stylers Story as told by Rann Lee (rhythm guitarist) to Andy:
It was the usual thunderous applause when they appeared at nightclubs, concerts, theatres or dinner and dance events. Whether they were accompanying singers or SE Asian film stars, recording vinyls, playing as an orchestral group with a dozen musicians, or just providing dance music, they were one of the most versatile and reputable bands during the peak of the guitar instrumental mayhem.
From Singapore to peninsular Malaysia, Sabah & Sarawak, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong, The Stylers reigned supreme. Known previously as The Angels, the boys began their journey from the quiet 1960s kampong areas in the East where they each lived, either at Geylang, Katong, Joo Chiat or Tembeling Road.
While participating in a show for the cinema giant Cathay Organisation, they decided for a name change because one of the managers, who saw them on stage, told them that they played with grace and "plenty of style". The name stuck and the familiar band logo (image), that partially resembled a Playboy bunny, became synonymous with a-go go, off beat cha cha, hala hala, rock and ballads. The group became a professional Singapore 60s music icon with a niche in the Chinese pops recording industry.