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2008-02-03 Teresa Teng
    2008-02-03 10:23:40     CRIENGLISH.com

Hello, and welcome to another edition of China Beat. This is Zhong Qiu. 

 On January 29th 55 years ago, a beautiful girl with a sweet voice was born in an ordinary family in Yunlin County in Taiwan. A decade later this girl's name was gradually recognized by the Mando-pop scene of Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland and even wider in the whole Chinese speaking world, and her mellow singing voice and graceful manner have captivated Mandarin music lovers for three decades. Her name is Teresa Teng. Crowned as the pop diva, Teresa Teng has left us with not only her melodious classics but also touching stories of a beautiful mind. So with today's China Beat, we'll pay tribute to Teresa Teng through sharing her unchanged melodies and retracing her musical legacy.

Crowned as the pop diva, Teresa Teng has left us with not only her melodious classics but also touching stories of a beautiful mind. [Photo:baidu.com]

(I Only Care About You)

(The Story of A Small Town)

Teresa Teng showed talent for singing when she was still in primary school and she 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 songs for Taiwan movies. In 1974, Teresa Teng was awarded the Best New Singing Star prize for her single the Airport. This prize marked a changing point in Teresa Teng's musical career. It allowed her to extend her popularity to other East Asian countries. The song we are listening to is one of Teng's early works, called The Story of A Small Town.

(The Story of A Small Town)

Gentle and sweet, Teresa Teng looked like a fresh and pure "girl-from-next-door". It was the sweetness in her voice that made her famous. She added traditional folk song styles into Western-style compositions to produce her unique easy style. The song, Evening Primrose, is a perfect blend of folk and foreign elements.

(Evening Primrose)

Teresa knew how to grasp the right feeling while singing. She had great microphone technique to touch the audience with well-controlled breathing. Not only was there no background noise from her breathing, her enunciation was very clear, and she was able to project her delicate voice in such a way that make you feel she was singing right next to your ear, for you and for you alone. Her songs always allow people momentary escapes from reality to "massage" their feelings.

(The Moon Represent My heart)

The song we are now listening to is one of the most memorable songs by Teresa Teng, The Moon Represents My heart. With this song, you will find how this sentimental vocalist touches the depth of your heart.
(The Moon Represent My heart)

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 Could Last Forever" and "How Many Worries".

(Wishing We Could Last Forever)

(How Many Worries)

The song you just heard is How Many Worries by Teresa Teng , which is collected in her album Light Exquisite Feeling. 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 Taiwanese dialect, Cantonese, Japanese, Indonesian and English. The song you are hearing now is called 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.

(Goodbye my Love)

(Your Sweet Smiles)

Teresa's music conveys her sincerity, friendliness, and lightness, just like her charming and sweet smiles. Although this pop diva is no longer with us, but her songs still float through the air. Her exquisite voice and sweet smile shall be there forever in the hearts of millions of her fans. To complete our tribute to this singer of much charisma, we play here another song by Teresa, Your Sweet Smiles. This is Zhong Qiu from Beijing. Bye for now.




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