INFORMATION

Born In : Quezon City, Philippines
Genres : OPM, Pinoy Pop, OPM, Original Pilipino Music, Disco

VST & Co. were a Filipino disco group prominent during the late 1970s in the Philippines. Considered by many to be the pioneer and icon of what is known as the Manila Sound, VST & Co. released disco singles such as “Swing It, Baby”, “Magsayawan”, “Ipagpatawad Mo”, “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko” and “Disco Fever”. The group rose to fame with other bands that were grouped under the Manila Sound genre, such as Hotdog, Cinderella and The Boyfriends. VST & Co. eventually faded from popularity when OPM (Original Pilipino Music), a new musical genre, emerged and rose to prominence in the late 1970s.

VST & Co. was composed of Tito Sotto (vocals, composer), Vic Sotto (vocals, musical arranger, producer), Spanky Rigor (bass, vocals, producer), Val Sotto (vocals), Celso Llarina (rhythm guitar, vocals, producer), Monet Gaskell (vocals), Male Rigor (vocals), Roger Rigor (vocals), the late Jun Medina (vocals), Joey de Leon (composer, lyricist), Homer Flores (musical arranger, keyboards), Chito Ilagan (bass), Ben Escasa (percussion), Fred Concepcion (trumpet), Boy Alcaide (drums) and Clod Baria (trombone).

The all-male group’s name, “V.S.T”, are the initials of its three lead vocalists, “Vic, Spanky and Tito.”

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