Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Alan Tam to sing at Venetian opening

Posted by Kimberly on August 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 28, 2007, page 3 (401 words)

Alan Tam, the quintessential king of Cantopop, will be playing at the opening of the Venetian tonight, says a source close to The Macau Daily Times.
Tam, a former member of the popular Hong Kong band Wynners, will be accompanied by Evolution, Sands Macao’s in-house band.
He is expected to fly in from the United States, bringing his trademark love songs for the ride.
Born in 1950, Tam became well known in the 1980s for singing love ballads with a modern arrangement.
Starting out as a member of Wynners, Tam soon realised his career would travel down a better road as a solo artists, after much conflict with fellow band member Kenny Bee, also a well-known singer.
His first album as a solo artists, ‘Naughty Boy’ came out in 1979 and the song ‘Love in Autumn’ became a success when first performed in 1984.
Tam established a foothold on the Cantopop scene with songs such as ‘Embrace’, ‘Flower in Water’ and the popular ‘Love Trap’.
Dominating the music scene in the early to mid-80s, his songs often won the ‘Top Ten Songs of the Year’ awards with himself often taking the ‘Most Popular Male Singer’ award on numerous occasions.
He would have won more awards in the 1980s had he not controversially decided to refuse all singing and acting awards from 1988 onwards.
He was as well-known for his supposed feuds with the late Leslie Cheung as he was for his ballads.
For many years the Hong Kong press reported a fierce rivalry between the two singers, with Cheung personifying the ‘bad boy’ and Tam, the proverbial ‘goody two shoes’.
Despite the claims neither artist ever duelled in public and during 2000, both collaborated to produce a single remix of Tam’s song ‘Illusion’.
He has also dabbled in acting in the past, with such films as ‘Armour of God’ with Jackie Chan and the hilarious ‘Master Wong v. Master Wong’, a parody of legendary kung fu exponent Wong Fei Hung.
He is known by the nickname ‘Lucky,’ for his constant success on celebrity game shows.
After the death of Leslie Cheung in 2003, he teamed up with fellow artist Hacken Lee for a successful tour of Asia with both known to collaborate on other concerts right up to 2005.
Since 2006, he has been assisting his godson Kelvin Kwan to establish a presence on the Hong Kong pop scene.

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