The Strollers : Malaysian Pop Legends
Publisher : Rabak Lit
Years Of Issue : 2020
Pages : 135 pg
Author : Omar Ariff
This ... book takes us back ... to an era ... when the kugiran reigned supreme. Distinct from the predominantly Malay-language, beat-inspired sound of Pop Yeh Yeh, ... The Strollers was a group of young men from diverse ethnic background that decided to concentrate on initially playing cover versions of Western hits and later writing their own English pop songs.
The Strollers are the first and remain the only Malaysian band to date contracted by an international recording label, CBS Records, to record and release English songs.
Songs like Do What You Gotta Do, Just As I Am, Midday Sun and Silly Joke dominated the Malaysian music charts and, at times charting higher the international acts from the West.
This book chronicles The Strollers' story from its inception, the band's achievement and life after Strollers. Surviving band members ... share their personal stories about a the uniquely homegrown band which embodies a truly Malaysian spirit.
The release of this book on the fiftieth anniversary of the band's first hit, I wanna Thank You marks an important milestone for Malaysian pop music and should serve as an inspiration to young aspiring artistes.
YB Tuan Muhammad Bakthiar Bin Wan Chik
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia