George Lam

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George Lam Chi Cheung
Chinese name 林子祥
Pinyin Lín Zǐxiáng (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 zi2 coeng4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1947-10-12) 12 October 1947 (age 67)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Ah Lam (Chinese)
Lam (English)
Occupation Singer, composer, actor
Genre(s) Cantopop, Hong Kong English pop, Folk, Blues, Funk, Jazz
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
Influences Peter, Paul and Mary, Ray Charles
Influenced Albert Au, Eason Chan, Alan Tam, Jacky Cheung

George Lam Chi Cheung (born 12 October 1947), also known professionally by his surname Lam, is a Hong Kong-based veteran Cantopop singer and actor of Xinhui area origin.[2] Lam spent a number of years overseas before returning to Hong Kong to launch his career.

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 studied at the Diocesan Boys' School in Kowloon, Hong Kong, a predominantly English-language boys school, in which he chose to study French rather than Chinese. He lived in England, where he studied at Dover College in Dover, Kent, and the United States (in Oakland, California) for many years before returning to Hong Kong.

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.


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)


(actor unless otherwise noted)

Year Title Role Awards
1978 Luckies Trio
1979 Money Trip
The Secret
1980 Disco Bumpkins
Pembunahan Pursuit
1981 All the Wrong Clues
Life After Life
1982 Aces Go Places
It Takes Two
Boat People
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1983 All the Wrong Spies
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1984 Banana Cop
The Owl vs Bombo
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1985 Kung Hei Fat Choy
Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
It's a Drink, It's a Bomb
Lost Romance Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1986 Passion
Won – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1987 Easy Money
1988 Heart to Hearts
Starry is the Night
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
1989 Perfect Match
Heart into Hearts
1990 A Bite of Love
Shanghai Shanghai
1991 The Banquet
The Perfect Match
1992 Heart Against Hearts
1993 Perfect Couples
1997 A Queer Story
Up for the Rising Sun
2003 Love Under the Sun
2004 Six Strong Guys
2006 Love at First Note
2007 The Pye-Dog Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Wonder Women
2009 Look for a Star
2011 Hi, Fidelity<bɾ>《出軌的女人》

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

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