Danny Chan

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Danny Chan
Chan in 1991
PronunciationChan Pak-Keung
Born(1958-09-07)7 September 1958
Died25 October 1993(1993-10-25) (aged 35)
Queen Mary Hospital, Pok Fu Lam, British Hong Kong
Burial placeTseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery, Hong Kong
CitizenshipBritish (Hong Kong)
EducationSan Francisco Conservatory of Music (dropped out in sec 5)
Alma materSt. Paul's Co-educational College
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Actor
Years active1979–1992
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
ParentChan Pang-Fee (陳鵬飛)
AwardsRTHK Golden Needle Award (lifetime achievement)

RTHK Top 10 Chinese Gold Songs Awards

TVB Jade Solid Gold Best 10 Music Awards

Hong Kong Top 10 Best Dressed Personnel –

Musical career
Also known as
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • EMI[1] (1979–1980)
  • WEA (1980–1986, 1989–1992)
  • DMI (1986–1988)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Danny Chan Pak-Keung (Chinese: 陳百強; 7 September 1958 – 25 October 1993) was a singer, songwriter and male actor from British Hong Kong. He is widely recognised as the first modern day pop idol in Hong Kong, gaining fame alongside performers Alan Tam, Anita Mui, and Leslie Cheung, who were collectively known as "Three Kings and a Queen" (三王一后) or "Tam Cheung Mui Chan" (譚張梅陳) in the 1980s.[2] He actively engaged in various charity shows and activities. His innate fashion sense was renowned in Hong Kong show business. Chan is best remembered for his Cantopop romance ballads and soul touching music compositions. His most renowned works include "Waiting" (), "Life Expectation" (一生何求), "Ripples" (漣漪), "Loving You Alone" (偏偏喜歡你) and "Cherish Tonight" (今宵多珍重). Chan died on October 25, 1993, after being in a coma for 17 months.[3]


Chan was born on 7 September 1958 at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam (薄扶林). His father is Chan Pang-Fee (Chinese: 陳鵬飛;[4] 1923 – 5 April 2019), a businessman in the watch industry, who was fond of Cantonese opera and became one of his son's musical influences.[5]

During childhood period Chan has developed a passion for music and has mostly learnt to play organ keyboard and piano by himself. He was an alumnus of St. Paul's Co-educational College and also a fellow classmate of lyricist Andrew Lam Man Chung (林敏驄).

Chan won third prize at the TVB "Hong Kong Pop Song Writing Invitation" in 1977 with his self-written english song "The Rocky Road". In 1978, he won first prize at the "Hong Kong Yamaha Electone Festival" by playing the theme music of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". This has earned him a singer contract with Hong Kong Television Broadcasts (TVB) and has officially launched his entertainment career. In that same year, he made his acting debut with HK TVB through a TV drama called "Sweet Babe" (甜姐兒).

Chan's musical talent has attracted the attention of artist manager Tam Kwok-Gei (譚國基). Tam signed Chan under his artist management agency Hollywood Casting Agency (HCA) and subsequently made Chan to sign a records contract with EMI. Chan's first music album "First Love" was released in 1979. His self-composed song from the album, "Tears for You" (眼淚為你流), was an instant hit.

Chan subsequently signed music contracts with Hong Kong EMI (1979),[1] WEA (1980), DMI (1986), and finally moved back to WEA (1989). His Cantopop romance ballads have achieved high level of public success and critical acclaim, some of which are still popular nowaday such as "Waiting" (等), "Life Expectation" (一生何求), "Ripples" (漣漪), "Loving You Alone" (偏偏喜歡你), "Cherish Tonight" (今宵多珍重), "Deeply in Love with You" (深愛著你), "Having You" (有了你), "Misty Rain" (煙雨悽迷), "Applause" (喝采), "Minutes’ Date" (幾分鐘的約會), etc. The song, "Remembrance on Parents' Love" (念親恩), is often played on radio stations and frequently chosen for karaoke.

Chan's first five albums were produced by Tam Kwok-Gei, and the song concepts were mostly targeted towards youth. Chan composed a large quantity of songs during this period. From the sixth album, "Pouring Out My Heart"(傾訴), onward, Chan started to produce his albums himself. He reached his first peak in his musical career with this album and the next one, "Loving You Alone"(偏偏喜歡你), where the album sales achieved 5-platinum certifications (250,000 copies) in Hong Kong.

In 1984, he sang an English duet "Tell Me What Can I Do" with American country music singer Crystal Gayle.[6][7] It was produced in US and released in US/Japan but was largely unknown due to lack of promotional budget.[8] Meanwhile, he has also covered Jim Capaldi's ballad "Warm" with an improved music arrangement.

In the early 1980s, Chan was a host in the TV show "Bang Bang Sound" (Bang Bang咁嘅聲). His co-operation with Leslie Cheung and Paul Chung in the films "Encore" (1980) (喝采) and "On Trial" (1981) (失業生), received positive reception from the public and media. He is the main character in HK TVB TV series "Breakthrough" (1982) (突破) together with his favourite female partner Mary Jean Reimer (翁靜晶).[9] His only comedy film "Merry Christmas" (1984) (聖誕快樂) was a huge box office success.[10] He is also one of the main character in the most famous romantic film in the 1980s, "An Autumn's Tale" (1987) (秋天的童話), as Vincent (Jennifer's ex-boyfriend), with Chow Yun-fat (as Samuel Pang) and Cherie Chung (as Jennifer).

During the span of his music career, Chan held many music concerts in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Canada and the United States. He held his first major local concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in July 1982 (2 nights), and another concerts in the newly developed Hong Kong Stadium in September 1983 (2 nights), both were organised by Brainchild Productions (富才制作). From this time onward, all of his major concerts were held in Hong Kong Stadium. His avant-garde concept January 1985 concerts (3 nights) was organised by Capitol Artists Entertainment (華星娛樂), but was met with underwhelming feedback. Warm critical acclaims was received in the Dickson Entertainment (迪生娛樂) organised concerts in December 1986 (2 nights) and April 1988 (4 nights). His 10th anniversary concerts in September/October 1989 (6 nights), and the purple theme concerts in March 1991 (3 nights) were organised by Yiu Wing Entertainment (耀榮娛樂).[11]

Chan also participated and represented Hong Kong in various music festivals such as the World Popular Song Festival 1984 in Tokyo, the Nagasaki Asia Music Festival 1988 in Japan, Peace Music Concert 1988 in Singapore,[12] Tokyo Music Festival 1989[13] and the Shanghai Music Festival Warner Music Special Concert 1991.[14] He was also invited to perform at the Seoul Korea Summer Olympic Games 1988 opening ceremony.[15] In 1986, he performed in the presence of The Royal Thai princess in a Thai charity show.[16]

In 1991, Chan announced of his decision to leave the Hong Kong music industry. He has planned to hold a few more farewell concerts in the US, Canada and Hong Kong but his sudden fall into coma in May 1992 halted the plan.

Death and speculation[edit]

Chan suffered from mild depression, which worsened during the late 1980s.[17]

On 18 May 1992, Chan was found unconscious and he was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. It was speculated that this was due to an accidental mixing of alcohol with medicine. Chan had suffered from advanced brain damage.[18] He went into a coma for 17 months and died on 25 October 1993 at the age of 35.


An exhibition held in September 2009 in memory of Danny Chan.

On 22 October 1995, Chan's father, Chan Pang-Fee, has sponsored and built a Danny Commemoration Pavilion (陳百強紀念館) in his ancestors' hometown Sijiu Town, Taishan City, Guangdong Province, China (中國廣東省台山市四九鎮). It is a favourite place for Danny's fans to visit until these days.

On 8 November 2005, the Hong Kong Post issued a set of special stamps featuring "Hong Kong Pop Singers".[19] 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.


Studio Albums

Title Released Label Danny's Compositions
First Love September 1979 EMI First Love (english)
Rocky Road (english)
Tears for You (眼淚為你流)
Two in Love (两心痴) (lyrics only)
Vanished Tears
March 1980 EMI Vanished Tears (不再流淚)
Dreamed About You Last Night (昨夜夢見你)
First Love (初戀)
Minutes’ Date
December 1980 WEA Applause (喝采)
Flying Out (飛出去)
I Love White Clouds (我愛白雲)
Memory Book (紀念冊)
A Cheerful Ugly Duck (快樂的醜小鴨)
Having You
June 1981 WEA Footprints on the Beach (沙灘中的腳印)
Outside the School Gates (校門外)
Sunflower (太陽花)
A Happy Embrace (快樂的擁抱)
An Excerpt (片段)
Breakthrough Collections
(突破精選) (w/ 2 new songs)
May 1982 WEA Ripples (漣漪)
Pouring Out My Heart
December 1982 WEA Pouring Out My Heart (傾訴)
Loving You Alone
August 1983 WEA Loving You Alone (偏偏喜歡你)
Wave (浪潮)
Danny '84
July 1984 WEA
Tell Me What Can I Do
(english single)
November 1984 WEA
Danny: The Greatest Hits
(陳百強精選) (w/ 4 new songs)
January 1985 WEA Waiting (等)
Deeply in Love with You
4 July 1985 WEA Love Expectancy (盼望的緣份)
Love Prediction (戀愛預告)
When I Think of You
16 May 1986 WEA
Idol Danny's Remix
30 July 1986 WEA
12 September 1986 DMI Gazing (凝望)
Hidden Infatuation
23 January 1987 DMI Balderdash (夢囈)
Dream Lover
10 August 1987 DMI Dream Lover (夢裡人)
My Story (我的故事)
The Immortals' Migration
2 February 1988 DMI Endless Expectancy (漫長盼望)
Silence Expresses More
3 August 1988 DMI
Winter's Warmth
13 December 1988 DMI Lighting Up True Love (燃點真愛)
(co-composed w/ Dominic Chow Kai Sheng 周啟生)
Life Expectation
7 June 1989 WEA
Waiting for You
January 1990 WEA Singing with Wine (對酒當歌)
(transcribed from 12 Hours 十二小時)
Danny's '90 Romance Ballads
(陳百強90浪漫心曲經典) (w/ 1 new song)
July 1990 WEA
Love in L.A. 18 January 1991 WEA Feelings of Loneliness (寂寞的感覺)
Because I Love You
10 September 1991 WEA A Vocalist's Love Song (歌者戀歌)
Love is Close (而情是近)
(co-composed w/ Alan Tsui Yat Kan 徐日勤)
My Dear: The Collections
(親愛的您) (w/ 3 new songs)
October 1992 WEA

Other Danny's Compositions
1978, The Sunrise (english), unreleased
1980, Tears in Tears (淚中淚), a song by Wong Hoi Yan (黃愷欣)
1981, Cherish Me (為我珍重), a song by Blanche Tang Oi Lam (鄧藹霖)
1984, Love Prediction (戀愛預告), a song by Sandy Lamb (林姍姍)
1987, Love Without Reasons (愛不問為何), a song by Roman Tam (罗文)
1988, 12 Hours (十二小時), a song by Samantha Lam (林志美)


Cinematic Films[edit]

TV Dramas[edit]

  • 1977, Sweet Babe (甜姐兒) (produced by HK TVB)
  • 1980, Take Turn (輪流轉) (produced by HK TVB)
  • 1980, Breakthrough (突破) (produced by HK TVB)


Major Concerts

Concert Title Date Night(s) Venue Organizer(s)
Danny '82 Concert
3–4 July 1982 2 Queen Elizabeth Stadium Brainchild Productions (富才制作)
Danny '83 Concert
10–11 September 1983 2 Hong Kong Stadium Brainchild Productions (富才制作)
Danny '85 Concert
12–14 January 1985 3 Hong Kong Stadium Capitol Artists Entertainment (華星娛樂)
Yiu Wing Entertainment (耀榮娛樂)
Danny '86 Ongoing Concert
6–7 December 1986 2 Hong Kong Stadium Dickson Entertainment (迪生娛樂)
Danny '88 Keep True Concert
1–4 April 1988 4 Hong Kong Stadium Dickson Entertainment (迪生娛樂)
Danny '89 10th Anniversary Concert
29 September-8 October 1989 6 Hong Kong Stadium Yiu Wing Entertainment (耀榮娛樂)
Danny '91 Purple Individual Concert
29–31 March 1991 3 Hong Kong Stadium Yiu Wing Entertainment (耀榮娛樂)
Capitol Artists Entertainment (華星娛樂)


Music Awards

Year RTHK Top 10
Chinese Gold Songs Awards
TVB Jade Solid Gold
Best 10 Music Awards
Other Music Contests
1977 "Hong Kong Yamaha Electone Festival"
TVB "Hong Kong Pop Song Writing Invitation"
3rd (The Rocky Road)
1978 "Hong Kong Yamaha Electone Festival"
TVB "Hong Kong Pop Song Writing Invitation"
3rd (The Sunrise)
1979 Tears for You (眼淚為你流)
1982 Ripples (漣漪) Ripples (漣漪) (Yr 81-82)
1983 Loving You Alone (偏偏喜歡你) Cherish Tonight (今宵多珍重)
[AGB Most Popular Song of the Year]
1984 Reaching for the Stars (摘星) "World Popular Song Festival", Tokyo
The Most Charming Award
1986 Gazing (凝望)
1987 My Story (我的故事)
1988 Misty Rain (煙雨悽迷) Misty Rain (煙雨悽迷) CRHK "Most Popular Male Singer"
1989 Life Expectation (一生何求) Life Expectation (一生何求) CRHK "Most Popular Male Singer"
"Tokyo Music Festival"
TBS Award
1991 "Top 10 Most Popular Singers"
Guangzhou, China
1999 "Best Commercial Song Award"
Ripples (漣漪)▲
2009 "Golden Needle Award"
(lifetime achievement)

▲ In 1999, the song "Ripples" (漣漪) was used by the Hong Kong Government in a commercial clip for Tracker Fund of Hong Kong IPO.

Other Awards
1981, "Model Youth" in Wong Tai Sin District, Hong Kong
1987, "Hong Kong Top 10 Best Dressed Personnel" by Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association
1989, "Hong Kong Top 10 Good-Looking Personnel" by Commercial Radio Hong Kong
1990, "Hong Kong Top 10 Best Dressed Personnel" by Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association


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  9. ^ "TVB TV series "Breakthrough" (1982) (突破)".
  10. ^ "Film "Merry Christmas" (1984) (聖誕快樂)". hkmdb.com.
  11. ^ "Danny Chan's major local music concerts in his music career".
  12. ^ "Danny Chan in Peace Music Concert 1988". Youtube.
  13. ^ "Danny Chan in Tokyo Music Festival 1989". Youtube.
  14. ^ "Danny Chan in Shanghai Music Festival Warner Music Special Concert 1991".
  15. ^ "Danny Chan in Seoul Olympic Games 1988 opening ceremony concert". Youtube.
  16. ^ "Danny Chan performed in the presence on the Royal Thai Princess". 1986.
  17. ^ Winnie Chung (11 April 2003). "Danny Chan and depression illness". South China Morning Post.
  18. ^ "Theatres in Hong Kong – Theatre, Comedy and Dance Tickets and Listings – Time Out Hong Kong | Death song". Archived from the original on 12 January 2015.
  19. ^ HK post stamps Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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