She was born in Macau and moved to Malaysia with her mother when she was sixteen but had been singing since twelve.
When she was 17 she recorded for the first time and within weeks the Asian populace fell in love with her. Pan took up Singapore citizenship in the 1980s and with her signature (guess what) she became very popular in the 1960s and 70s. She was known affectionately as Queen of Alto because of her fantastic voice.
But for all her popularity, Xiu Qiong never had singing lessons and what "talent she has is God given (Dave Dexter Jr, US record producer)." She was particularly successful in Singapore and Malaysia and up till today her songs are still sold in CD shops all over S.E. Asia.
Her songs have English titles, "The Foggy Night," (a dense, thick, unmoving fog in the harbour provides natual cover for two lovers), "Little Darling," (the girl pleads with her lover not to give her the cold shoulders but to tell her he loves her) and "Book Of Life," (a philosophical statement about family life).
"A Caged Bird," "A White Handkerchief," and "On The Elephant's Back," are but a few translated titles from her Capitol Hi Fi Recording on T10326 with explanation in English for the uninitiated.
Quote “I have always led a simple life, and I feel that anyone can be happy if they keep things simple. Even so, I hope to be remembered. Please forget me not. I wish that the songs of Poon Sow Keng would be a part of everyone forever.”
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