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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Sakura Teng: Pop A -Go-Go Yodel Lady Who?

They are like sisters on stage but there's a way to differentiate Rita Chao & SAKURA TENG of which this article is about. The former is quiet, the latter animated although both sing Singapore-style Western pops just as well. New World Amusement Park was the place where Sakura Teng, a well-known 1960s Malaysian songbird, launched her music career at age 17.

During her heydey in the 1960s and 1970s, the A Go-Go Queen as she was nicknamed, cut more than 50 records and was best known for her yodelling. Sakura aka Ying Hua was one of the more popular female Mandarin singers and had sung in a variety of languages, from Mandarin to Bahasa Melayu, English, Japanese and a few other languages.
                            Sakura Teng Medley Video from: eosyeo

Many of her recordings were accompanied by top pop guitar group The Quests. Ask any Singaporean and the answer would be the same, that she was a household name and appeared frequently on Radio and Television Singapore's (RTS) Chinese Variety Show, on local radio stations and looming larger than life in Singapore's nightclub scene during yesteryear.

This yodelling queen rose to fame with her rendition of, I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes. With more than 50 albums behind her Sakura's recordings included many Western songs that were translated into Chinese. Many recordings were also done with Rita Chao.

Sakura and her family have a new life in the U.S. today. She has been to Singapore recently and appeared in a few shows. The 60s fans are still around to buy her concert tickets to cheer her on.

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Article: compilation from Website information.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Tracy Huang, the prettiest lady with that sophisticated voice? Shouldn't she be featured too?

TAN SOO KHOON said...

Other than knowing that she lives in the US little else is known of Sakura.

TAN SOO KHOON said...

I heard about Rita Chao some time back but didn't know how she died so young?

HENRY CHUA (BASSIST - THE QUESTS - 'SHANTY' COMPOSER said...

I met her again in the above show at the indoor stadium where we both were in the same show in 1994. She told me she is living in New York then. But we have lost touch again. Why the sudden interest in Sakura?

JOHN CHER (WRITER/ PERCUSSIONIST) said...

Her daughter's shop was very near to The World Trade Centre. On 9/11 she would experienced what it was like to be in a war zone!

STEPHEN HAN said...

When she first started she was singing at the Shamrock Bar in Dublin Road.She also sang with the late Rita Chiao at the New Word Singing Stage and at various concerts.One Sanyo Spectacular was held at the National Theatre where she was backed by The Stylers.I last saw her at the Roxy Theatre way back in the 60s

TAN SOO KHOON said...

It would be 'shiok' if someone would put together a show with all these old 'greats' like Sakura, Anneke Gronloh Riem de Wolf, Anita Sarawak, Veronica Young.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Must thank SK for starting this chat and the rest who responded to keep it going. A newspaper report in 2013 specified she's retired and lives in the US with daughter and family.

FRANCIS OEI said...

We had "Down Memory Lane" about 3 years back at Esplanade... MC was Jerry Fernandez... packed with like minded people... mainly with silver strands on their hair... can ask Esplanade to revive this show... maybe every year.... before time passes by...

STEPHEN HAN said...

I remembered you had a show with Anneke Gronloh at the Museum.The idea of a concert featuring the singers you'd mentioned is one I am longing for,Mr S K Tan.

TAN SOO KHOON said...

yes I remember now. This was in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It was an exhibition of pop music memorabilia at the National Museum. I was the GOH and after finishing my speech the MC Larry Lai asked me to sing a song with the band. Just impromptu. If I'm not wrong Henry Chua was in the band then and I had the pleasure of meeting Anneke Gronloh as well.

HENRY CHUA (BASSIST - THE QUESTS - 'SHANTY' COMPOSER said...

Yes, I remember. It was in the open courtyard of the museum. Victor Woo stood in for Reggie who broke his left forearm. You sang Under the Boardwalk I think

TAN SOO KHOON said...

it was Save The Last Dance.😄