Thongchai McIntyre

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Thongchai McIntyre
Bird In Concert2.jpg
Background information
Birth name Albert Thongchai McIntyre
Also known as Bird Thongchai McIntyre
Born (1958-12-08) December 8, 1958 (age 58)
Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Thai pop
Occupation(s) singer, actor
Years active 1986–present
Labels GMM Grammy

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,[1] he is one of the most successful singers in Thailand's history, having sold more than 25 million albums.[2] He 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.

Early life[edit]

In 1958, Thongchai McIntyre was born in one of the slums inside Bangkok to parents James and Udom McIntyre. His birth-name was Albert McIntyre with the nickname of "Bird." Born as the 9th child of 9 siblings, his life in the slums did not give him much of a head start, thus his childhood was filled with struggle to supplement the income of his family. As a child, he sometimes taught English to other children in the slum in exchange for 5 to 10 baht. Raised in a music-loving family, Bird loved to sing and dance. School stage was the first place that his talent shined. [3] His father died when Bird was still a child.[4][5] He then started working as a bank officer.


While still working as a bank officer, he met the famous Thai TV producer "Kai Varayuth" who recognised Bird's talent. Bird débuted in his first TV series with the help of Kai. His most memorable role was that of Captain Kobori in the 1990 television series Khu Kam, a tragic love story about a Japanese soldier (Bird) and a local Thai girl during World War II. He reprised this 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". In the mid-nineties, he became the first Thai artist to receive an International MTV Award for his performance in Sunset at Chaophraya.

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. 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.


Bird in Concert

Albums and singles[edit]

  • 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)


  • 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)
  • Khu Kam (คู่กรรม) as Kobori
  • Wan née tee ror koy (วันนี้ที่รอคอย)
  • Niramit (นิรมิต)
  • Kuam song jum mai hua jai duem (ความทรงจำใหม่ หัวใจเดิม)
  • Kol Kimono (กลกิโมโน)


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.[6] The single debuted at number 6 on the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.


  1. ^ "เบิร์ดนักร้องยอดนิยม เป็นระดับแนวหน้าของเอเชีย จากการจัดระดับโดยนิตยสารเอ็นเตอร์เทนเมนต์วีกลี่". 
  2. ^ "นิตยสาร Forbes ปี 2009,นิตยสารธุรกิจและการเงินของสหรัฐอเมริกา,จัดอันดับศิลปินที่มียอดขายสูงสุด เบิร์ดติดอันดับ 2 ของเอเชียตลอดกาล". 
  3. ^ "ประวัติ ธงไชย แมคอินไตย์ (พี่เบิร์ด)". 
  4. ^ Bang pop!
  5. ^ Thongchai McIntyre's Family Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ เบอร์รี่ซ์ โคโบ แถลงข่าวเปิดทัวร์คอนเสิร์ตเมืองไทย มี.ค.56 - ข่าวไทยรัฐออนไลน์. Thai Rath (in Thai). 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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