George Lam

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George Lam Chi Cheung
GeorgeLam2009.jpg
Chinese name 林子祥
Pinyin lin2 zi3 xiang2 (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 zi2 coeng4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1947-10-12) October 12, 1947 (age 66)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Ah Lam (Chinese)
Lam (English)
Occupation Singer, Composer, Actor
Genre(s) Cantopop, Hong Kong English pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, piano
Voice type(s) tenor, bass,[1]falsetto
Label(s) EMI
Years active 1976-present
Spouse(s) Sally Yeh (1996-present)
Children Alex Lam Tak Shun

George Lam Chi Cheung (born October 12, 1947), also known professionally by his surname Lam, is a Hong Kong-based veteran Cantopop singer and actor of Xinhui area origin. [2] Lam studied at the Diocesan Boys' School in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He lived in England, where he studied at Dover College, and the United States (in Oakland, California) for many years before returning to Hong Kong.

Lam was the lead singer for a band called "Jade" until he went solo with his first English album "Lam" in 1976. His first Cantonese album, having the same name, was also released in the same year. He also recorded two versions of the Billy Joel song "Uptown Girl" in Cantonese. Lam has remained popular in Hong Kong for three decades. He writes a number of his own songs; some of them have also been recorded by other singers including Teresa Carpio, with whom he recorded an album and has given joint concerts, most recently in 2007.

In addition to his singing career, Lam has also acted in many films, making his film debut in Luckies Trio in 1978. Possibly his most memorable role was as a Japanese journalist in Boat People (1982), directed by Ann Hui.

Lam first married in 1980 and has a son (Alex Lam Tak Shun, who is also a singer) and a daughter; they divorced in 1994. In 1996, he married singer and actress Sally Yeh, before they dated for many years, while Lam was still in his first marriage.

Voice and timbre[edit]

George has a very wide tenor range. His highest notes could reach C5 in full head voice and volume rather than falsetto, and also a rock-like break in his voice.

Discography[edit]

Cantonese Albums:

  • 各師各法 (1978)
  • 抉擇 (1979)
  • 摩登土佬 (1980)
  • 一個人 (1980)
  • 活色生香 (1981)
  • 海市蜃樓 (1982)
  • 愛情故事 (1983.07)
  • 愛到發燒 (1984.04)
  • 林子祥創作歌集 (1984.12)
  • 林子祥85特輯 (LAM '85) (1985.04)
  • 十分十二吋 (12" Single) (1985.08)
  • 誘惑 (1985.12)
  • 最愛 (1986.06)
  • 千億個夜晚 (1986.12)
  • 花街70號 (1987.07)
  • 林子祥創作+歌集 (1988.01)
  • 生命之曲 (1988.10)
  • 林子祥長青歌集 (1989)
  • 十三子祥 (1990)
  • 日落日出 (1990)
  • 小說歌集 (1991)
  • 最難忘的你 (1992)
  • 祈望 (1992)
  • 林子祥'93創作歌集 (1993)
  • 單手拍掌 (1994)
  • 緣是這樣 (1996)
  • 好氣連祥 (1997)
  • 現代人新曲+精選 (1998)
  • 只有林子祥 (2001)
  • Until We Meet Again (2004)
  • 佐治地球轉 (2007)
  • lamusique (2010)
  • Lamusique Vintage (2011)

English Albums:

  • Lam (1976)
  • Lam II (1977)
  • Teresa Carpio & Lam (1978), EMI, (with Teresa Carpio)
  • Lessons (1990)
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1993)

Filmography[edit]

(actor unless otherwise noted)

Year Title Role Awards
1978 Luckies Trio
《各師各法》
1979 Money Trip
《懵女,大賊,傻偵探》
The Secret
《瘋劫》
1980 Disco Bumpkins
《摩登土佬》
Pembunahan Pursuit
《糊塗英雄》
1981 All the Wrong Clues
《鬼馬智多星》
Life After Life
《再生人》
1982 Aces Go Places
《最佳拍檔》
It Takes Two
《難兄難弟》
Boat People
《投奔怒海》
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1983 All the Wrong Spies
《我愛夜來香》
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1984 Banana Cop
《英倫琵琶》
The Owl vs Bombo
《貓頭鷹與小飛象》
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1985 Kung Hei Fat Choy
《恭喜發財》
Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
《夏日福星》
It's a Drink, It's a Bomb
《聖誕奇遇結良緣》
Lost Romance Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1986 Passion
《最愛》
Won - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1987 Easy Money
《通天大盜》
1988 Heart to Hearts
《三人世界》
Starry is the Night
《今夜星光燦爛》
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1989 Perfect Match
《最佳男朋友》
Heart into Hearts
《三人新世界》
1990 A Bite of Love
《一咬OK》
Shanghai Shanghai
《亂世兒女》
1991 The Banquet
《豪門夜宴》
The Perfect Match
《富貴吉祥》
1992 Heart Against Hearts
《三人做世界》
1993 Perfect Couples
《皆大歡喜》
1997 A Queer Story
《基佬四十》
Up for the Rising Sun
《擁抱朝陽》
2003 Love Under the Sun
2004 Six Strong Guys
《六壯士》
2006 Love At First Note
《戀愛初歌》
2007 The Pye-Dog Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Wonder Women
2009 Look for a Star
《游龍戲鳳》
2011 Hi, Fidelity《出軌的女人》

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] George Lam sings with a low voice in this song.
  2. ^ Seto Kit Yan (2009-04-28). "George Lam is the real deal". The Star Online: Malaysia News. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  3. ^ "George Lam". imdb.com. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "George Lam". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Cheng Kwok-kong
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
1994
Succeeded by
Teresa Teng