|Genres||Pop rock, funk, disco, adult contemporary|
|Members||David Arumugam (vocals)
Glenville Charles Salay (vocals)
Priyadashini Loganathan (vocals)
David John (drums)
Nazaruddin Abdullah (guitar)
Prawing Aroonratana (keyboards)
Loh Kum Swee (bass)
The Alleycats is a Malaysian band which was formed in 1969, and gained popularity in the late 1970s. They consist of musicians from Penang who were popular in their home state earlier on in their career.
The original members of the band were:
- David Arumugam on vocals
- Loganathan Arumugam on vocals
- Tan Chin Hock on drums
- Shunmugam Arumugam on lead guitar
- Chester Anthony Passerella on saxophone
- Khoo Fook Sin and Grenville Pereira (Gren) on keyboards
- Frank Ong on bass guitar.
The current members are:
- David Arumugam on vocals
- Glenville Charles Salay on vocals
- Priyadashini Loganathan (also known as Dasha Loga) on vocals
- David John on drums,
- Nazaruddin Abdullah on lead guitar
- Loh Kum Swee (also known as Jimmy Loh) on bass guitar
- Prawing Aroonratana (also known as Mike Prawing) on keyboards.
Most of the Alleycats albums were produced by Eric Yeo. Most of their hit songs were penned by music supremo M. Nasir with the lyrics composed by S.Amin Shahab. The M. Nasir/S.Amin combination were most noticeable on hit songs such as Hingga Akhir Nanti (Till The End), Andai Aku Pergi Dulu (If I Go Before You), Sekuntum Mawar Merah Sebuah Puisi (A Red Rose And A Poem), Setahun Sudah Berlalu (A Year Has Passed), Seribu Bintang (A Thousand Stars), Nota Terakhir (This Last Note).
There were earlier line-ups of this band but the original line-up mentioned were the ones that took the Alleycats to great height of achievements musically. The Alleycats were always on top of the musical scene in Malaysia even before they were signed up as recording artistes.
This line-up secured a performance contract in the Mocambo Club situated in Central, a business sector on Hong Kong island in 1976. It was supposed to be a three-month contract but their success in wooing the crowd earned them three yearly contracts bundled with TV and concert appearances as means of promoting the band. They became a hit with the locals in Hong Kong. It was not until they left Hong Kong to start a new performance contract in Singapore that they were spotted by major recording companies.
The Alleycats started out in 1978 by signing a contract with Polygram Records-Philips to produce an album. They went to Hong Kong to record their album in Dragon Studio. Later, Lion Studio in Singapore was responsible for mastering the Alleycats' albums. Their first released album was Terima Kasih (Thank You), with their first single Senandung Semalam (Yesterday's Serenade).
The existence of this band was vital to the Malaysian music industry. With more than twenty recordings, they contributed to the development of the Malaysian music industry and is still regarded as one of the legendary Malaysian pop music bands of all time in the country. Despite the changes, they are still active in performing and recording. The Alleycats have a strong fan base from all walks of life in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Passing of Loganathan
Loganathan Arumugam, a vocalist of the Alleycats, died on 4 June 2007 following an 8 month battle with lung cancer. His death was deeply mourned by Alleycats fans as reported in the press and media.
An Alleycats Music Video Competition, held as a tribute to the late Loganathan Arumugam of Alleycats was conducted between 25 June 2006 – 25 July 2007. This was jointly organised by NGT Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd and Universal Music Malaysia, with the support from Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). It was in line with the government’s initiative in encouraging contentpreneurs to develop local content and to be able to identify creativity in the minds of Malaysians.
A year after the loss of Loga to lung cancer, the Alleycats will be the lead artistes in a concert organised by the Lung Foundation of Malaysia (LFM) to raise money for its activities. Established in November 2005, LFM is a non-profit Foundation geared towards offering support for patients afflicted with lung diseases to enable them to lead a better quality lifestyle with minimal suffering. The Foundation’s funds are generated solely from generous donations from corporate organisations, charitable bodies and the general public. The contributions will be used to provide monetary relief for underprivileged patients to undergo the necessary treatment. LFM will also fund scientific research, education and training to enhance the knowledge, skills and care for patients in Malaysia.)
- "Loga of Alleycats stricken with cancer". The Star. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007. "The Alleycats, formed here in 1969, has been entertaining fans around the country, and in Singapore and Indonesia for 30 years. The group started by playing in clubs around the country before signing a recording deal with PolyGram Records in 1978."
- "Man with a smile". The Star. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007. "From blogs to websites and everyday conversations, Loga’s illness and death was the topic for many fans. The tributes won’t be stopping any time soon – a testimony to the Alleycats influence on nearly 40 years of music-making. This was the band that brought Malay pop music to all the races in this country, breaking through barriers and garnering respect and acclaim from all quarters since the late 1970s."
- "Alleycats co-founder dies". asiaone.com. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007. "Arumugum, known fondly as Loga, was a founding member of the Alleycats, Malaysia's popular pioneering pop band which also had a huge following in Singapore and Indonesia."[dead link]
- "How Loga became an Alleycat: Mum". Daily Express. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2007. "Loga, 54, died at the Mount Miriam Hospital on Monday after battling with lung cancer for eight months. He passed away at 10.50 a.m. with all his close family members by his bedside."