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Taiwan Pop Diva Teresa Teng
    2007-05-16 09:56:22     CRIENGLISH.com
This is the 12th year since Taiwan pop diva Teresa Teng passed away at the age of 42.

But millions of Chinese pop fans will remember her as Forever Deng Lijun. They say there's no match for her sweet voice and graceful looks.

We'll pay tribute to Teresa Teng on today's China Melody and learn the stories behind her musical legacy. Here is our reporter, Manli.

Reporter: Teresa Teng was born into an ordinary family in Taiwan on January 29, 1953. She displayed her talent for singing when she was still in primary school and started her professional singing career with Universal records in 1967.

Soon, her sweet, mellow voice was recognized by many as she recorded a number of title tracks for Taiwan movies.

And in 1974, Teresa Teng was awarded with the Best New Singing Star prize for her single the Airport.

This prize marked a change in Teresa Teng's musical career. It allowed her to extend her popularity to other East Asian countries.

From 1974 to 1987, Teresa Teng performed across Southeast Asia, Japan and America. Her most famous concerts were "Teresa Teng's 15th Anniversary Concert", "Concert in Tokyo" and "Concert in Las Vegas".

The song you just heard is Goodbye My Love. It's Teresa Teng's most popular song in Indonesia. She recorded the Indonesian version of this song in 1977 after it was translated by an Indonesian composer.

In 1983, Teresa Teng released her most highly acclaimed album, Light Exquisite Feeling. It showcased 12 poems from the Tang and Song dynasties set to music for the first time in Chinese history. The album included the famous songs "Wishing We Last Forever" and "How Many Worries".

For three decades, Teresa Teng was a major Asian pop star. During her life time, she recorded over 100 albums, each of which sold more than a million copies.

In addition to her Mandarin repertoire, Teresa Teng also recorded songs in the Taiwanese dialect, Cantonese, Japanese, Indonesian and English.

This song is the favorite of many of Teresa Teng's fans.

Your Sweet Smiles was produced as the title track for a movie 1979. It was later used in Love Storm and sung by Leon Lai in a livelier format, as well as Machi Didi in a rap format. The late Roman Tam also sang it in tribute to Teresa Teng.

In 1996, the Hong Kong movie "Comrades: Almost a Love Story" featured Teresa Teng's life and death as a subplot to the main story. The film's sweeping success revived people's memories of this legendary singer.

After all, for millions of her followers, Teresa Teng's sweet voice continues to sing and so does her beautiful smiles.

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