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Monday, June 29, 2009

Zhang Xiao Ying - Chinese 60s Music/Singapore

A Singaporean but of Shanghainese parentage, she came into prominence when she won the Rediffusion Talentime singing contest in the late 60s. She was signed up for a recording contract immediately and a song, Three Dreams, was specially written for her first new album. Soon Zhang Xiao Ying became a household name.

Since A-Go-Go music was popular during that period, she signed up with Golden Urn Records and produced some. She became very much in demand.

In the beginning, she was accompanied by the instrumental group, The Travellers but was later backed by The Stylers who were more popular in the region then.


When she came under Denon's Prinstar Records the promotion of her latest pressing would be broadcast on Rediffusion weekly. She is known to sing her songs clearly, with perfect diction, energy and feeling.

In the early 70s, when black and white TV was popular, RTS - Radio Television Singapore - had a programme called Hua Yuen Liang Xiao hosted by famous comedians Wang Sar & Ye Fung. Scheduled on Friday evenings, Zhang Xiao Ying appeared every third Friday dishing out her latest hits.

NB: A gentleman who calls himself 3 Dreams has a beautiful and informative blog on the singer. Please click on the website below. The above edited article is from this website.

Image/Article: Andy Lim Collection

4 comments:

Lam Chun See said...

Can I share with your readers something I wrote on my blog here.

It’s very strange. Somehow, when I was on the way back to camp on Sunday nights, the brain seemed to be especially receptive to surrounding stimuli. I remember another occasion, when I took a pirate taxi from Bt Timah, 7th Mile (the old Beauty World) to camp in SAFTI. That was in 1971 during my recruit or section leaders training days. We didn’t have much choice actually – so many soldiers going back to camp (Safti and 6th SIR in Tuas) and so few bus service 175’s. The pirates did our nation a valuable service if you ask me. I remember the song being played in the taxi was 心上人 by a local singer ( 张 小 英).

Andy Young* said...
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Andy Young* said...

Thank you Mr Lam for the nostalgia. She has a great voice, an unforgettable one.

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