Old School Chinese Rock pt. 2: Huang Qing Yuan and the Stylers

This fly looking fellow is Huang Qing Yuan (黄清元) – a Singaporean Mandarin-language crooner who released four albums of A Go Go music and Garage Rock with local legends The Stylers from 1966-1970.

There’s not much in English about Huang, but there are quite a few Youtube clips of his songs:

I focus specifically on Huang for no reason other than the striking similarity between his look and my dad’s from around the same era. And to think that people now wear these glasses without the frames to look cool.

Composed of ethnically Malay and Chinese members, The Stylers were instrumental in shaping Southeast Asia’s early rock scene and recorded many Chinese language tracks with artists from around the region, including this dope little Mandarin language track with Grace Lee on the Singapore A-Go-Go Vol 1 compilation.

Also check out this bumpin’ little track:



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