Sunday, April 26, 2009

(5) Lin Dai 'Bu Liao Qing' Pop Song/Pop Movie

A Mandarin song that is still being played today is, *Love Without End (Bu Liao Qing). Its haunting melody has mesmerised listeners for the past 50 years and the song has become a classic not only with the Chinese crowd but with ardent fans internationally since 1961.

The movie itself, starring the Hong Kong icon Lin Dai (image), was screened for months all over the Shaw Brothers circuit in 60s Singapore and like the song, is legend.

Lin Dai, alluringly soft and beautiful, the only actress to win four Best Actress awards at the Asian Film Festival, made the song more poignant when she committed suicide on July 17, 1964. The song, the movie, the actress were on everyone's lips for a long time and sealed, Love Without End to become what it is today.

*“The music is from the 30s to 60s shi dai qu (Chinese Golden Oldies) era. During that period, the songs and music were beautiful and technically very difficult to sing. Most of the singers during that time were classically trained and had amazing vocal ranges,” said Mr Khor Seng Chew, Music Director from Dama Orchestra in Penang that had made good in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was in charge of a performance of Chinese Golden Oldies on April 8th 2006, at the E & O Hotel, Penang, Malaysia.

There are numerous websites in memory of Lin Dai and the song. Still in the minds of many followers, both will live, without end. And the song has been recorded by our local singers too.

Image/Original article: Andy Lim Collection.


Anonymous said...

She was my favourite film star then. Unforgettable song that will live on forever. But pity about the tragic way she chose to pass on to the other side. Can't recall the circumstances now. Can you? Mike

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

"On July 17, 1964, due to family trivial, Lin Dai committed suicide at home with an overdose of sleeping pills and gas emission. She died just five months before her 30th birthday.
Her tragic death left Chinese communities around the world shocked with grief. Thousands of fans flocked to her funeral. She was buried at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley."

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

The song is forever, the lady a memory.
Thanks Mike for your interest.

Anonymous said...

Just over a trivial family matter? The more tragic. There'd be fewer tragedies like this if people learn to let criticism, slander etc to pass over like the wind. MIKE

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Yes, how true. Music, I understand, is better than all the medical cures on earth. Like balm on the mind, soothing and calming.
Ironical but true.