Cho Yong Pil
Cho Yong-pil in April 2013
|Born||March 21, 1950|
Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, Korea
|Labels||Jigu Record, Pil Records, Universal Music|
|Revised Romanization||Jo Yong-pil|
Cho Yong-pil (Korean: 조용필; born March 21, 1950) is a South Korean singer who is considered one of the most influential figures in Korean popular music. He debuted as a member of the rock band Atkins in 1968 and made his solo debut with the hit single "Come Back to Busan Port" in 1976. Cho has released 19 solo albums and has remained consistently popular during his 50-year career. He was recognized with the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit for his enormous impact on the Korean pop music scene.
Early years: 1950–1968
Cho Yong-pil was born in Hwaseong, South Korea. When he was seven, he happened to listen to Ray Charles playing the harmonica, and this inspired the young Cho to play music. Thus, he commenced music career as a guitarist, but he became successful as a great pop singer in East Asia.
Atkins and Five Fingers period: 1969–1971
Cho formed a band called Atkins, a country & western group, and played for the United States Army. Later, he founded Five Fingers, which played music by black artists.
Kim Trio: 1971
In 1971, Cho joined the band, Kim Trio, which motivated him to perform rock music. Members of Kim Trio were Pa Kim (guitar), Dan Kim (drum) and Sun Kim (keyboard).
Commercial success: 1980–1992
His first single, "Come Back to Busan Port," brought him national attention when it was released in 1975, later becoming a hit in Japan. Cho then made a Japanese-language version of the song, and sang live in Japan. His first album, Chang bakkui yeoja 창 밖의 여자 (The Woman outside the Window), was released in 1980 and has been followed by many others. In 1980, he had a concert at Carnegie Hall in the city of New York, the first Korean singer at Carnegie Hall. With a total of 19 albums, he has received numerous awards such as the KBS and MBC Best Artist Award (1980–1986), Ampex Golden Reel Award (1982) and the CBS-Sony Golden Disc Award (1984).
Commercial decline and concerts: 1992
His commercial success declined after the appearance of the renowned group, Seo Taiji and Boys and many other young musicians. His studio albums released after 1992 were not so successful. Noticing this, he announced that he would stop appearing on television, concluding that he would hardly make any hits. Subsequently, he focused more on concerts and music performance. In 1993, his Busan concert attracted an audience of 1 million, a record for South Korea. In 2005, Cho performed a concert in Pyongyang, North Korea, an extremely rare event for a South Korean singer. He performs over thirty concerts per year. However, he attempted to compose diverse kinds of pop music, including rock music. In the end, he composed a great hybrid album based on pop and classical music, which revealed his inherent ultimate musical sense, comparable to that of famous western musicians. Such gifted musical talent is a major driving force to maintain great live tours at the World Cup Soccer Stadium in South Korea, even at the age of over 60.
19th album "Hello": 2013
In April 2013, Cho released his 19th album titled "Hello," which debuted at No. 1 on the Korean pop charts eclipsing Psy's "Gentleman" On April 25, 2013, he came back to TV via the showcase 'Hello'. This show was also broadcast live on YouTube.
The album ranked number 1 in GAON Album Chart for the week of April 21–27, 2013. Two songs from the said album also managed to grab top spots in Korean Music Shows. Hello was on top spot in MBC Music Show Champion on May 1. "Bounce" on the other hand, grabbed the top spot over Roy Kim's "Spring Spring Spring" and Psy's "Gentleman" in KBS Music Bank on May 3 and another one over SHINee's "Why So Serious?" on May 10. MBC Show! Music Core also gave the top award for the same song on May 4.
Korean studio albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Woman Outside The Window
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|Cho Yong Pil 3||
|Can't Find the Oriole
|Party of Tears
|Let's go on a Trip
|In The Air
|Love and Life and Me!
(사랑과 인생과 나!)
|Cho Yong Pil '88||
|Q (10th Album Part II)
(10집 Part II)
|Cho Yong Pil 14||
|Cho Yong Pil and the Great Birth
|Over The Rainbow||
Japanese studio albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Hello (Japan Edition)||
- Speech which wind conveys (1985)
Gaon Chart Music Awards
|2013||Album of the Year – 2nd Quarter||Cho Yong Pil||Won|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
Golden Disc Awards
|1986||Album of the Year (Daesang)||Empty Space||Won|
|1986||Best Artist (Bonsang)||Cho Yong Pil||Won|
|2005||Special Achievement Award||Won|
|2014||Best Artist (Bonsang)||Won|
KBS Music Awards
|1980||"Woman Outside The Window"||Won|
|1985||"Yesterday, Today, And..."||Won|
Mnet Asian Music Awards
|2013||Album of the Year (Daesang)||Hello||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year (Daesang)||Cho Yong Pil||Nominated|
|Song of the Year (Daesang)||"Bounce"||Won|
|Best Music Video||"Hello"||Nominated|
|Best Male Artist||Cho Yong Pil||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Performance – Male||"Bounce"||Nominated|
Seoul Music Awards
|2003||Best Live Performance||Cho Yong Pil||Won|
|2013||Main Prize (Bonsang)||Won|
|Record of the Year||Hello||Won|
|1982||Ampex||Ampex Golden Reel Award||Cho Yong Pil||Won|
|1984||CBS-Sony||CBS-Sony Golden Disc Award||Cho Yong Pil||Won|
|1986||Japan Gold Disc Award||"A Lost Child of Memory"||Won|
|2013||Melon Music Awards||Best Rock Award||"Bounce"||Won|
|Music Bank||1st Place Award of the Year||Won|
|SBS MTV Best of the Best||Best Comeback||Hello||Won|
|Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards||Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit||Cho Yong-pil||Won|
|2018||Korea Popular Music Awards||Thanks to You Award||Won|
- Official website (in Korean)
- 조용필 소개 [Cho Yong Pil Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 29, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "Pop legend Cho Yong-pil to hold national tour to mark his 50th anniv". Yonhap News Agency. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- Baek, Byung-yeul (April 18, 2013). "Cho Yong-pil is still Korean king of pop". The Korea Times. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "Veteran entertainers win cultural order". The Korea Herald. November 10, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
- "조용필 쇼케이스 인터넷 생중계 25만명 시청…대학축제 섭외 봇물". 헤럴드경제. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
- "Billboard K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard.
- [노래의 탄생]조용필 ‘창밖의 여자’. The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). March 25, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
- Sales of Hello:
- "Oricon Album Chart". Oricon.
- "역대수상자 | 골든디스크" [Previous Winners]. Golden Disc Awards (in Korean). Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "2013 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- 역대 수상자 [All Winners]. Seoul Music Awards (in Korean). Archived from the original on February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "Melon Music Awards". Melon (in Korean). Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "2013 SBS MTV Best of the Best". MTV Korea (in Korean). 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2018.