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Tsui Ping (Chui Ping) (Chinese: 崔萍; Pinyin: Cui Píng) (b. 1938 in Harbin, China) has been a very popular Mandarin pop singer and "queen of expressive feelings" (抒情歌后) from 1950-1971. She also has another nickname in the early years of singing: Goldfish beauty (金魚美人) due to her big beautiful eyes.

Biography Edit

Tsui Ping's family originates from Jiangsu, China, but she was born in Harbin in 1938, where the family resided while her father was on business. Her family later came to reside in Hong Kong where she received her education and lived during her singing career. She was quite fascinated by Mandarin pop music by Shanghaise singers like the late Chang Loo (張露), Bai Guang (白光), etc., that she heard on the radio. At age 15, on one occasion she was invited to sing at a party in a nightclub. The nightclub owner was so impressed that he asked her to sign a contract, thus beginning her singing career. Tsui Ping had also auditioned to star in Shaw_Brothers' films and acted in one movie, but later she decided to focus mainly on being a professional singer. Her dream at the time was to record albums. While Tsui Ping was singing in nightclubs, songwriter Wong Fuk Lin (王福齡) was very impressed by her talent and encouraged her greatly. Two of the songs he later wrote became Tsui Ping's trademarks: "This Precious Night" (今宵多珍重) and "Nang Ping Evening Bells" (南屏晚鐘). "This Precious Night" is well remembered by a lot of Taiwanese soldiers in training as this song was broadcast to them every night at bedtime.

Her musical talents - accuracy in timing and pitch, clear enunciation, lots of dynamics and full of expression in the alto range - made her one of the most popular artists in Hong Kong and at times one of the highest paid singers. Some of her recordings of previous hits were even better than the original and more popular: e.g. "Meet Again" (重逢) and "Needing Each Other" (兩相依).
In 1964 she married famous dubbing singer Kiang Hung/Jiang Hong (江宏), who was also well known for the dubbing of male voices in Shaw Brothers' movies and often sang duets with Tsin Ting 静婷. They have 3 children: 2 daughters and 1 son (as reported in 1970). Kiang died in 1995.
Her performances consisted of singing in nightclubs in Hong Kong and South East Asia, making appearances in musical shows on TV and recording with EMI Pathé (百代). She formed a trio with Tsin Ting (静婷) and Billie Tam (蓓蕾) for the opening of a new Hong Kong music club. The trio recorded some great sounding harmonies of songs e.g. "Fragrance of the Night" (夜來香), "Shangri-La" (香格裡拉) and “Not Going Home Tonight” (今天不回家).
In 1971, she publicly announced her retirement from singing to dedicate time to her family. A public farewell party was televised as she was well respected by her peers and the music community. A special Tsui Ping magazine was also published. Three separate music awards were given to her within 1970-1971. Tsui Ping gave singing lessons for a few years and later had to give it up due to family matters.
In 1997 she performed four successful “Golden Concerts” with her contemporaries Tsin Ting, Wu Yingyin (吳鶯音), and Lau Yuen (劉韻), showing the same grace and professionalism on stage as some twenty years ago.
In 2004, she was invited by the late Wang Jin 王沾 to participate in his TV nightclub series, singing mandarin pops again.
In her free time she pursues a long-time passion of singing Bejing opera.

Major Recording Albums Edit

EMI (Hong Kong) Limited major LP Titles
在我們小時候 When we were young – EMI Regal
寄給心裡人 Send to my love – EMI Regal
十二個夢 12 Dreams – EMI Pathe, her first stereo LP
忘了對你說 I forgot to tell you – EMI Angel
沉默 Loving Silence – EMI Angel
心聲弦韻 100 Strings – EMI Pathe, popular tunes of the times
等待等待 Awaiting – EMI Pathe
愛情與麵包 The Spice of Love - EMI Pathe
留住今宵 Our Last Night – EMI Pathe
雨夜街燈 The Lamp on a Rainy Night - EMI Pathe, her last LP

EPs (most songs in EPs have been incorporated into her LPs.)
談不完的愛 Any Kind of Love ( 3 solos, 1 by Kiang Hung and 1 duet with Kiang Kung)
愛相思 We Love Each Other ( 3 solos and 1 duet with Kiang Hung )
淚的小花 Flower of Tears (includes the Chinese version of 'A Time for Us' )
跟你開玩笑 I am Joking ( 4 solos: I am joking, Blue and Black, Cupid's Arrow and Marnie)
拜年歌 Happy New Year ( 1 solo by Tsui Ping, 1 solo by Billie Tam and other singers)
負心的人 Heartless ( includes Heartless and Marnie, popular Taiwanese pieces)

References Edit

Tsui Ping Magazine, 1971, published by Hong Kong Melody Magazine Publishing
EMI Pathe 100:series Tsui Ping's CD inserts.it:Tsui Ping

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