Pan Xiu Qiong or Poon Sow Keng, the original singer of "Lover's Tears," is featured in today's Straits Times Life Section. Read about her life and the book she has published that will soon be available.
At the Monday Interview by Straits Times journalist Andy Chen, she explains why her fans must 'forget her not'.
She will be appearing in a concert in August at Suntec City. Also on May 21st, 2009 an article about her was posted on this blog. Check them out.
A Personal Experience:
My moments with this lady singer came about when I was introduced to her by a Chinese school teacher friend of mine, Mr Eddie Toh. Eddie was with me at a primary school in Tanjong Rhu. We got along fine; he wanted to learn more English, I wanted to learn about Chinese pops.
Lover's Tears was the first song he introduced me to. This was in the mid-sixties when I had already left the Silver Strings and was grounded at school. I was gently advised about singing in the evenings and doing vinyl recordings with the band. I didn't do any more singing nor played with any band, focused on my work and, as a hobby, set my mind on learning about our local Chinese singers.
Eddie interpreted the song to me line by line (remember there was no Google Translate nor any useful nor fruitful Chinese interpretation gadgets at that time except for the usual listen and repeat Chinese lessons).
According to Ms Pan, this song made her famous. For me, it made me learn a little Mandarin.
Thank you, Eddie Toh, wherever you are today and Ms Poon for learning Mandarin using the lyrics of your songs.
Oh my gosh! I grow up listening to S K Poon! The Queen Of Bass with her unique and distinctive vocals is one extraordinary performer whose renditions will bring music souls on a beautiful reminiscing journey and a trip down nostalgia lane. I could still remember saving up quite a bit to get my first cassette tape, a compilation of her classic songs and I could play over and over in my black Sony Walkman way back in the 80’s. From cassette to this one favourite CD of mine, her songs have walked me through many decades and she is still one of my most favourite female singers. Brother Andy, great to hear this again. Thank you for posting!😊
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