Richard Lam

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Richard Lam
Chinese name 林振強 (traditional)
Chinese name 林振强 (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Zhènqiáng (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 zan3 koeng4 (Cantonese)
Born 1949
Hong Kong
Died November 16, 2003(2003-11-16) (aged 54)
Hong Kong
Occupation Lyricist, columnist
Genre(s) Cantopop
Ancestry Huizhou, Guangdong (Hakka)

Richard Lam Chun-Keung was a Cantopop lyricist with several hundred Cantopop songs to his name, and a columnist for Apple Daily and Next Magazine in Hong Kong. He is a Hakka of Huizhou, Guangdong ancestry.


Lam graduated from Salesian English School in Hong Kong and the University of California, Berkeley. He started out as a copywriter for an advertising agency owned by Wong Jim and Lam's sister Eunice. Lam was inspired by Wong to become a lyrics writer.

Lam was hired as creative director for Giordano clothing chain in 1988 by the then-owner Jimmy Lai. When Jimmy Lai entered into the media industry, Lam followed him, becoming a consultant and later a columnist for Apple Daily and Next Magazine.

Between 1980s and the 1990s, Richard Lam wrote more than a thousand pieces of lyrics until the 2000s. He slowed down on writing lyrics subsequent to being diagnosed with lymphoma. He died on 16 November 2003.

Preceded by
Jacky Cheung
Golden Pin Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Liza Wang