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|Chinese name||陳百強 (traditional)|
|Jyutping||Chan4 baak3 koeng4 (Cantonese)|
7 September 1958|
|Died||25 October 1993
|Other name(s)||Danny Boy (丹尼仔)|
|Occupation||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, piano, keyboards|
Danny Chan Bak-keung (7 September 1958 – 25 October 1993) was a Hong Kong 1980s cantopop musician, singer, songwriter, and actor in Hong Kong. Chan was of the first generation of pop idols in Hong Kong. He was already an electronic organ player, a songwriter, an actor and a promising singer at the beginning of his career. He made a name for himself with his debut release, Tears For You, which established him as a teen idol. Ripple, Just Loving You and Yat sang ho kau (一生何求) are just some of the golden hits written and sung by Chan. He is mostly remembered for his Cantonese romance ballads and high quality compositions. Chan died in 1993 after being in a coma for 17 months.
Chan won third prize at the "HK Pop Song Composition Competition" in 1977. In that same year, he made his acting debut with Hong Kong Television Broadcasts (TVB) through a TV drama called Sweet Babe. In 1978, he won first prize at the "Hong Kong Yamaha Electone Festival". He held his first music concert in Hong Kong that same year. His first music album, entitled First Love, was released in 1979.
Death and speculation
There were rumors in the late 1980s that Chan suffered from alcoholism, as it was unfairly perceived in the press that his career lagged behind that of then Hong Kong cantopop superstars, Alan Tam and Leslie Cheung. The rumors were never verified. On 18 May 1992, Chan was found unconscious and he was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. Chan had suffered from advanced brain damage. It was speculated that this was due to mixing alcohol with medicine . He went into a coma and died on 25 October 1993 at the age of 35.
On 8 November 2005, the Hong Kong Post issued a set of special stamps featuring "Hong Kong Pop Singers". This stamp set focused on Hong Kong's popular singers, saluting five pop stars who have left their marks on Cantopop music history. Chan was featured on the HK$1.80 stamp.
A slow to medium tempo soundtrack by Danny Chan for the 1984 HK film "Merry Christmas" (聖誕快樂)
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- 1979, First Love (Side A) / Ngaan leui wai nei lau (眼淚為你流) (Side B)
- 1980, Bat tsoi lau leui (不再流淚)
- 1980, Gei fan chung dik yeuk wooi (幾分鐘的約會)
- 1981, Yau liu nei (有了你) / Tai yeung fa (太陽花)
- 1982, King sou (傾訴)
- 1983, Peen peen hei foon nei (偏偏喜歡你)
- 1984, Danny '84 (百強84)
- 1985, Sam ngoi jeuk nei (深愛著你)
- 1986, Dong ngo seung hei nei (當我想起你)
- 1986, Ying mong (凝望)
- 1987, Chi sam ngaan noi tsong (痴心眼內藏)
- 1987, Mung leui yaan (夢裡人)
- 1988, San sin ya yee man (神仙也移民)
- 1988, Mou sing sing yau sing (無聲勝有聲)
- 1988, Dong Luen (冬暖)
- 1989, Yat sang ho kau (一生何求)
- 1990, Dang Doi Nei (等待您)
- 1991, Love In L.A.
- 1991, Zi Yan Ngoi Nei (只因愛你)
- 1992, Chan Ngoi Dic Nei (親愛的您)
A partial list of songs composed and sung by Chan:
- One in My Dreams
- I Just Love You
- Listening to Music with Wine
- My Story
- Shedding Tears For You
- Hoping for Destiny
- Warm (English song)
- Tell Me What Can I Do (Duet with Crystal Gayle)
- What You Desire In Life
- Break Out
- 1980, Encore (喝采)
- 1981, On Trial (失業生)
- 1984, Merry Christmas (聖誕快樂)
- 1986, My Family (八喜臨門)
- 1987, An Autumn's Tale (秋天的童話) aka Chou tin dik tong wah (Hong Kong: Cantonese title); aka Liumang daheng (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
- 1977, Sweet Babe (produced by HK TVB)
- 1980, Take Turn (produced by HK TVB)
- 1980, Breakthrough (突破) (produced by HK TVB)
- 1977, Third Prize, "HK Pop Song Compose Competition"
- 1978, First Prize, "Hong Kong Yamaha Organ Competition"
- 1978, Third Prize, "HK Pop Song Compose Competition"
- 1983, Most Popular Singer Award, "AGB Listener's Choice"
- 1988, Third Prize, "Most Popular Male Singer Competition", Hong Kong Commercial Station
- 1989, Third Prize, "Most Popular Male Singer Competition", Hong Kong Commercial Station
- 1989, Third Prize, "Pop Music Most Popular Male Singer", Tokyo Music Festival
- 1991, "Top 10 Most Popular Singer" in Guangzhou, China
- 2009,"Golden Needle Award", Radio Television Hong Kong
- 1981, "Model Youth" from Wong Tai Sin District, Hong Kong
- 1984, "Most Charming Singer" from International Folk Song
- 1987, "Hong Kong Best Dressed Person", Hong Kong Commercial Station
- 1989, "Hong Kong Top 10 Friendly Person", Hong Kong Commercial Station
- The website (离不开，陈百强) created in Jan 2000, and welcome for all his loyal fans
- Current dannychan.org (离不开，陈百强) bbs is the former Dannyfans.com bbs
- Danny Chan in Memoriam[dead link]
- Danny Chan's Lyrics
- First Love... A Dedication to Danny Chan...
- Speech by Postmaster General at issue of "Hong Kong Pop Singers" special stamps
- Stamps to feature Hong Kong pop singers
- Danny Chan Group in Youtube - with over 390 videos of Danny