Fei Yu-ching

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Fei Yu-ching
費玉清
20121110費玉清.jpg
Fei in 2012
Born
Chang Yen-ting

(1955-07-17) 17 July 1955 (age 66)
Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China (Taiwan)
Other namesLittle Older Brother (小哥)
Ting-ting (亭亭)
歌壇九官鳥
EducationHsieh-ho Youteh Senior High School
OccupationSinger, host
Years active1973–2019
Parent(s)Chang Wu-hsi (father)
Tan Hsiu-hsia (mother)
FamilyHeng Shu (sister)
Chang Fei (brother)
Musical career
GenresMandopop, Jazz, folk
LabelsWMG, UMG, Sony Music (present)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese費玉清
Simplified Chinese费玉清
Chang Yen-ching
(birth name)
Traditional Chinese張彥亭
Simplified Chinese张彦亭

Fei Yu-ching (費玉清; b. (1955-07-17)17 July 1955), born Chang Yen-ching (張彥亭), is a Taiwanese singer and television host.

Early life[edit]

Fei Yu-ching was born Chang Yen-ching in Taiwan on 17 July 1955, to Mainlander parents, being the youngest of three children. His eldest sister Chang Yen-chiung (張彥瓊) was a singer professionally known as Jenny Fei (費貞綾) before becoming a Buddhist nun in 1991 with the dharma name Heng Shu (恆述法師). His elder brother Chang Fei (張菲) is also a singer and a television personality.

Career[edit]

Fei's career began in 1973, and he began to build a large fan base along with his brother. He performed several theme songs for television shows, some of which were more successful than the shows themselves. He has sung numerous hits such as "Yi Jian Mei" (A Trim of Plum Blossoms), "Ode to the Republic of China", and "Good Night Song" (晚安曲; Wǎn'ān Qǔ), which was composed by the Taiwanese songwriter Liu Chia-chang. This song was chosen by China Television to end each day's broadcast in 1979. It is dubbed as "打烊歌" (Closing Shop Song) which is played when shops and department stores are about to close for the day. In 1996 at the 7th Golden Melody Awards, his album Good Night Song (晚安曲) won Best Mandarin Album[1] and he was nominated for Best Mandarin Male Singer.[2]

From 1993 to 1998, Fei hosted the Taiwan Television prime time variety show The Fantastic Brothers (龍兄虎弟) with his brother Chang Fei. He was well known for his witty humor, improvised singing and celebrity impersonations in the show, for which he was nicknamed the (九官鸟)"myna bird". He went on to host several other television music programmes, including "Flying to the Rainbow" (飞上彩虹),"Fei yue xing qi tian" (飞越星期天), "Jin xiao hua yue ye"(今宵花月夜) and "fei yu qing shi jian" (费玉清时间), as well as award-winning "Golden Voice, Golden Award" (金嗓金赏) and "Fei Yu-ching's Music" (费玉清的清音乐).

In 2006, he was featured in a duet, "Faraway" (千里之外), with Jay Chou released in his seventh album Still Fantasy. In February 2008, he performed it during CCTV-4's Chinese New Year special, singing a solo version of "Faraway", which was also performed by Chou later in the program.

Fei announced his retirement from the entertainment industry in September 2018, stating that his farewell concert tour was scheduled for 2019. He held his farewell concert tour in few cities in China, Macau, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.[3] His final concert was held in November in Taiwan.[4] He also competed filming for his TV show "Our Song" with his apprentices Timmy Xu and Ayanga in January 2020, which was originally slated to before his concert but was delayed due to circumstances beyond his control.

In 2020, the song "Yi Jian Mei" (commonly known as "Xue hua piao piao bei feng xiao xiao" in the West) became a viral internet meme that reached the top spots on the Spotify Viral 50 chart in countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, and New Zealand.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, he was engaged to Chie Yasui, a Japanese actress, but he called off the wedding because the Yasui family expected Fei to enter matrilocal residence, switch to Japanese citizenship and give up his career in Taiwan. He remained single thereafter.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 7th Golden Melody Awards winners list Archived 9 July 2012 at archive.today 28 March 2006. Retrieved 10 June 2011
  2. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 7th Golden Melody Awards nomination list 6 January 1996. Retrieved 10 June 2011
  3. ^ Chang, Eddy (4 October 2018). "Veteran singer Fei Yu-ching to retire following farew". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Event Detail Page | Singapore Sports Hub". www.sportshub.com.sg. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "How a hit Chinese song from the 80s became a global meme". South China Morning Post. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  6. ^ 吳品瑤. "引退多時〈一剪梅〉突歐美爆紅 費玉清情路至憾「永不可得心愛的她」 – 娛樂". China Times (in Chinese). Retrieved 23 June 2020.

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