Monday, June 29, 2009

Zhang Xiao Ying - CantoPop JPop Tokyo Square

Since Canto-pop became the buzz word in Singapore, Zhang Xiao Ying had also pressed several albums in Cantonese. But sales were slow and because of strong market competition and lacking proper promotion in Hong Kong, the business was curtailed by her record company.

She continued with Mandarin pops but also recorded oldies from the 50s and 60s. When she recorded melodies for the Spring festival, they sold just as well, like Chinese New Year goodies. According to 3 Dream Blogspot, "Her voice injected the spirit of splendour and goodness for each New Year."

Zhang Xiao Ying also translated Canto-Pop, J-Pop and Tokyo Square's Within You Remain into Mandarin. She was the first Chinese singer to have a special TV programme dedicated in her name. It was screened on Channel 8 under the TCS (Television Corporation of Singapore) banner.

Image/Article: Andy Lim Collection.


Anonymous said...

Honestly, an ignoramus like me knows little of her but Andy here has helped to enhance my knowledge of the musical landscape of the 60s and 70s.(joe chan)

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Joe for the support. Information is everywhere nowadays. It takes some time but lots of passion and patience. Vinyls too tell stories on their covers and sleeves.

Anonymous said...

andy,sis xiao ying still good in her singing although she still an housewife at home.With stylers on her music is perfect in yearyesterday.

Zucks! said...

As the digital age rendered the turntables obsolete, I held on to her records which I bought when I was younger. Recently I bought a turntable and speakers, cleaned up the records and played them. Once again her clear voice sang and I was transported back to the 70s when she and many others singers were the music of the era. A nostalgic trip indeed.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Zucks! It's readers like you that keep me going. It's coming up to 10 years now and the tiredness has been creeping up. But when I get a comment like yours, I feel refreshed and want to write all over again, about Zhang Xiao Ying, Elvis, P. Ramlee or whoever comes to

Records, speakers, an amp. and a turntable, with sound so clear you are transported back to the 70's.

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