Wednesday, December 16, 2009

(1) Esther Chan With: Sister Janet Mead's: "The Lord's Prayer" (1974) Hong Kong Pop X'mas


The days before Christmas is the best time for blogger to present this lovely song.

The Singer: One of the prettiest lady singers in Hong Kong in the mid 70s is Esther Chan. She is an exceptionally talented person with tight vocals, clear diction, a powerful but yet beautiful voice that is able to interpret a music version of, The Lord's Prayer. Comparatively, she's as handsome as Zoe Saldana, the on screen persona of Neytiri in Avatar, James Cameron's latest adventure into the unknown.

Chen Yi De has been singing since the late 60s and according to a blog, she is still appearing in nightclubs in Hong Kong up to 2007. Coming from Guangdong in China, she was never interested in music as a youth but developed a love for it later in her life.

The songs: In 1974 Chan published her first single EMI album. Side A has a cover of Sister Janet Mead's version of Arnold Strals, The Lord's Prayer and Side B is Leon Russell's work, This Masquerade (CHK 1512 EMI HK Ltd - 1974). With more than adequate sales of the single she subsequently released her first LP with EMI in 1975, Happy To See You Again, produced by well-known Filipino music man Victor Cristobal, who has promoted many singers in Hong Kong.
                                                       The Lord's Prayer - Esther Chan

Side One has The Lord's Prayer, Without You, Send A Little Love, My Way, Leave Me Alone, Ruby Red Dress, It's Kinda Like A Sad Old Movie, I Believe In Music, Side Two has: Friends, Hit The Road Jack, This Masquerade, It's Nice To Be With You,
Becoming, Let Me Try Again
(try to listen to this last song).

According to a comment on the blog, Esther Chan, with George Lam, was supposed to have organised a fund raising concert on 27, September, 2007 at the Convention Center, Wah Yan College Hong Kong. It would have been her first stage appearance after 30 years.

Image: You Tube. Side Bar: justiniong1120, June 23rd, 2009. Thank you!


Anonymous said...

From: M. Demsky, Vancouver, Canada:

Thank you for the video.
Esther is such a great singer.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you M for the visit.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Where is Esther Chan today? I hope she´s happy.
Is she still singing or doing something else?
What a classy lady. Her singing is timeless.
Best wishes,
Swedish fan

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

There are a few websites on Esther Chan that shows her current singing schedules. You can also check You Tube.

Thank you for visiting.