Thongchai McIntyre

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Thongchai McIntyre
Bird In Concert2.jpg
Background information
Birth name Thongchai McIntyre
Also known as Bird Thongchai
Born (1958-12-08) December 8, 1958 (age 56)
Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Thai pop
Occupation(s) singer, actor
Years active 1986–present
Labels GMM Grammy
Website BIRDTHONGCHAI.COM
ClubBIRD.COM

Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre (Thai: ธงไชย แมคอินไตย์, pronounced [tʰōŋ.tɕʰāj]) (born Albert Thongchai McIntyre, December 8, 1958) is a Thai pop singer who released his debut album in 1986. He is also sometimes known as Bird Thongchai, Phi Bird ("elder brother Bird") or simply Bird.

Considered to be Thailand's No.1 superstar,[citation needed] he is one of the most successful singers in Thailand's history, having sold more than 20 million albums.

Biography[edit]

Thongchai McIntyre or "Bird Thongchai" is best known for his string (Thai pop) and luk thung music. He has also acted in numerous films, on television, musicals, and in commercials.

Thongchai McIntyre was born in Bangkok in 1958 to parents James and Udom McIntyre. His family were musicians, hence he had a musical upbringing. His father died when Bird was still a child.[1][2] He started working as a bank officer. While working there, he had a chance to meet the famous Thai TV producer "Kai Varayuth" who recognised Bird's talent. Bird played in his first TV series with Kai while still working at the bank. The role revealed his talent. His most memorable role was that of Captain Kobori in Koo Kam, a tragic love story about a Japanese soldier (played by Bird) and a local Thai girl during the World War II where he starred in both a TV series and reprised his role in the 1996 film adaptation, Sunset at Chaophraya.

He reached the height of his musical career in the early nineties. Among his best-known songs are Duay Rak Lae Pook Pan, Koo Gud, Sabai Sabai and Kob Jai Jing Jing. His popular singles released recently include luk thung singles Mah Tummai (with Jintara Poonlarp), Fan Ja (with Jintara and Jarin B. (Joey Boy), Nat Myria Benedetti, and Katreeya English), Lao Su Kan Fang, and Yak Tham Kor Tob and Mai Kang Ying Pae from his album "Volume One". Westerners became aware of him in the mid-nineties as he became the first Thai artist to receive an international MTV Award, be featured in the big budget Thai film, "Sunset at Chaopraya" (which was acclaimed in Japan as well as the U.S.). He was featured on CNN and in Variety magazine. An award-winning documentary of his life entitled Crossing Borders, directed by Phanjanit Garnploog, can be seen at St. John's University in New York which includes rare interviews with the director. In 2010, Bird made his first international tour in Los Angeles and the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center in New York.

In late 2007, he released another album entitled "Simply Bird", which features songs such as Chuay Rap Tee and Mee Tae Kid Tueng.

Discography[edit]

Bird in Concert Babb Bird Bird

Albums and Singles

  • Hard-Sai Sai-Lom Song-Rao (Beach, Wind, and two of us) (1986)
  • Sabai-Sabai (Relax-Relax) (1987)
  • Rub-Kwun-Wan-Mai (Blessing for a new day) (1987)
  • Sor-Kor-Sor (Greeting Card) (1988)
  • Thongchai 2501 (1988)
  • Boomerang (1990)
  • Boomerang Man (Live in concert)
  • Prik-Kee-Noo (Bird Chilli) (1991)
  • Wan-Nee Tee Ror-Koy (TV drama Soundtrack)
  • Tor-Thong (Flag) (1994)
  • Tor-Thong Kab Tor-Ther Nan-Lae (Live in concert)
  • Dream & Reality (Live in concert)
  • Kon-nok-kab-Dok-Mai (Feather & Flowers) (1995)
  • Dream (Single)
  • Dream (1996)
  • Sunset at Chaophraya (Movie Soundtrack) (1996)
  • Bird Unreleased (1997)
  • Singing Bird (Live in concert) (1997)
  • Niramitr (TV drama soundtrack) (1998)
  • Thongchai Service (1998)
  • Thongchai Service Special (1998)
  • Tu-Pleng Saman Prajam Barn (The Everyhouse Jukebox)(1999)
  • 100 Pleng Rak Mai Roo Job (100 everlasting love songs) (2000)
  • Bird Love Beat 1 & 2 (Apr 4, 2001)
  • Smile Club (Oct 2001)
  • Smile Club Remix (Mar 29, 2002)
  • Rab Khak (Welcome, Guests!) (Nov 2002)
  • Fan Ja...Sanid Kun Leaw Ja (Mar 17, 2003)
  • Bird Sek (Jun 2004) with Sek Loso (Special Album with 20 Years G"MM" Grammy)
  • Volume 1 (Jul 2005)
  • Village (Sep 2006)
  • Bird Perd Floor [3 Disc Set/Individual available] [Ballroom Cha-Cha, Luktung, Disco] (Dec 2006)
  • Simply Bird (Nov 2007)
  • Singing Bird (อาสาสนุก) (2010)
  • Bird Arsa Sanuk (Bird Undertaking Fun) (2010–2011)

Compilations

  • Bird Dance Collection (Sep 2009)
  • Bird Love Collection (Sep 2009)
Bird Thongchai McIntyre

TV Dramas[edit]

  • Numtarn Maai (น้ำตาลไหม้)
  • Mongkut Fang (มงกุฏฟาง)
  • Tayaat khun pooying (ทายาทท่านผู้หญิง)
  • Ruk nai sai mok (รักในสายหมอก)
  • Muer ruk rao (เมื่อรักร้าว)
  • Kamin kup poon (ขมิ้นกับปูน)
  • Wong wean hua jai (วงเวียนหัวใจ)
  • Baan soi dao (บ้านสอยดาว)
  • Plub pleung see chompoo (พลับพลึงสีชมพู)
  • Duang fai yai mai song chan (ดวงไฟไยไม่ส่องฉัน)
  • Neu Nang (เนื้อนาง)
  • koo kam (คู่กรรม) as Kobori
  • Wan née tee ror koy (วันนี้ที่รอคอย)
  • Niramit (นิรมิต)
  • Kuam song jum mai hua jai duem (ความทรงจำใหม่ หัวใจเดิม)

Awards[edit]

SiamDara Star awards 2012.

  • Best Singer from Siam-Kollakarn Contest (1983)
  • Best Singer from Mekala (1986)
  • Best Artist from The office of national young people or Sor Yor Chor (1987)
  • Popular song vote for Korb-Jai Jing Jing from Coke Music Award
  • Best Singer from See-Sun Award (1989)
  • Best Actor Koo-Kum (TV Lakorn) from Mekala (1990)
  • Best Actor Koo-Kum (TV Lakorn) from TV Golden (1990)
  • MTV Asian Viewer's Choice Award (1991)
  • Best Actor Wannee Tee Raw-Koy (TV Lakorn) from TV Golden (1993)
  • Best Actor Sunset At Chaopraya (Movie) from Prasurassavadee (1995)
  • Popular Actor Sunset At Chaopraya from Vote Award (1995)
  • Billboard Viewer's Choice Award first in Asia (1997)
  • Seesun Award : Best Song for Lao Su Kan Fang (2001)
  • Top Awards : The Best Singer (2001)
  • Channel V Music Video Awards : The Best Singer (2001)
  • Top Awards : The Best Singer (2002)
  • MTV Asia Awards : Favorite Artist Thailand (2004)
  • MTV Asia Awards : The Inspiration Award (2006)
  • Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : Best Song (2006)
  • Virgin Hitz Awards 2006 : Achievement Awards (2006)

Covers by other artists[edit]

In 2012, the popular Japanese girl group Berryz Kobo released a song titled "Cha Cha Sing" as a single. The title track is a cover of the song "Row Mah Sing" by Bird Thongchai. The first coupling track "Loving You Too Much" is also a cover of a Bird Thongchai's song, "Too Much So Much Very Much". Both were translated into Japanese.[3] The single debuted at number 6 on the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bang pop!
  2. ^ Thongchai McIntyre's Family
  3. ^ เบอร์รี่ซ์ โคโบ แถลงข่าวเปิดทัวร์คอนเสิร์ตเมืองไทย มี.ค.56 - ข่าวไทยรัฐออนไลน์. Thai Rath (in Thai). 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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