Roman Tam

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Roman Tam
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Luó Wén (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lo4 Man4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Tam Pak-sin ()
Born (1945-02-11)11 February 1945
Baise, Guangxi, China
Died 18 October 2002(2002-10-18) (aged 57)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Law Kee ()
Saint of Singing ()
Occupation Singer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1960–2002
Associated acts Roman and the Four Steps
Ancestry Guiping, Guangxi, China

Roman Tam Pak-sin, (11 February 1945 – 18 October 2002), known professionally by his stage name Law Man, was a Hong Kong singer. He is regarded as the "Grand Godfather of Cantopop".[1]


Tam was seen as a cultural icon to Chinese communities around the world (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and, later Mainland China). He had a string of hits in a career spanning 30 years. He was well respected for his singing skills, his positive outlooks, and his insistence on correct pronunciations.

Born in Baise, Guangxi, China, with family roots in Guiping, Guangxi. He moved to Guangzhou (Canton) in 1947 at the age of 2. He later emigrated to Hong Kong in 1962 at the age of 17.[2] After forming a short-lived band known as Roman and the Four Steps,[3] he became a contract singer under studios term at TVB. He briefly switched to Asia Television in the early 1990s.

During the 1990s, he accepted many budding singers as his students.[citation needed] Some of which who became famous included Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. He had sung many well-known songs for various TV series including Below the Lion Rock and the 1982 TVB TV series The Legend of the Condor Heroes.

Tam never married. He died in Hong Kong at Queen Mary Hospital from liver cancer.


  1. ^ HKVPradio, Roman Tam: The Grand Godfather of Cantopop" at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 April 2008), Retrieved 7 April 2007. Article archived in 2008. Excerpted from the original article in Rhythm magazine by Lucia Chan, 8 June 2004.
  2. ^ (in simplified Chinese)"你记得吗?他来自广州...". Southern Metropolis Daily. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Shoesmith, Brian. Rossiter, Ned. [2004] (2004). Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan flows, political tempos and aesthetic Industries. Routeledge Publishing. ISBN 0-7007-1401-4

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wong Jim
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Leslie Cheung