Michael Lai (composer)

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Michael Lai Siu-tin (Chinese: 黎小田; November 1946[1] – 1 December 2019) was a Hong Kong music composer and actor.

Lai was born in 1946 in British Hong Kong to the composer Lai Cho-tin [zh] and his literary critic wife, and he later became friends with Cantopop band leader Joseph Koo. Lai attended La Salle College.[2]

Lai first appeared on the music scene in the 1950s, but would also make a number of small but notable appearances as a film actor from the 1950s to 1990s.

Lai died at St. Paul's Hospital, where he sought treatment for pneumonia, on 1 December 2019, aged 73.[2][3]

Film scores[edit]

Lai is credited with 30 original musical scores for Hong Kong films in the 1970s to 1990s as well as 700 original songs[2]:


Lai was married to Susanna Kwan from 1982 to 1984 and was his second marriage.[3][4] He is survived by sister Helen Lai [zh] and a son from his first marriage.[2]


  1. ^ "刚刚,张国荣御用音乐人黎小田病逝,享年73岁-车管所资讯网". www.lycgs.com.
  2. ^ a b c d Chou, Oliver (1 December 2019). "Michael Lai, giant of film and TV music in Hong Kong, dies at 73". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hui, Sophie (2 December 2019). "Cantopop star-maker Michael Lai dead at 73". The Standard. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Susanna Kwan Unafraid of Public Scrutiny in Same-Sex Relationship". Jayne Stars. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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