Friday, April 06, 2007

VII: Year Of The Puppet - Is that a big string in your hand or....

The second Mandarin version of Puppet on a string featured in The Year Of The Puppet series is by Hong Kong singer-actress Betty Chung. Betty Chungs biggest claim to international fame is her role as Mei Ling in Bruce's Lee's 1973 classic movie 'Enter the dragon'.

Betty Chung also played the role of Peter Pan in the Cantonese version of the 70's musical and recorded classics like Bang Bang, Don't sleep in the subway, Massachusetts, Georgie girl and Love Story.

Her version of Puppet on a string, 在你手中把線牽, Zai ni shou zhong ba xian qian, translates as You hold a big string in your hand.
It an be found on the Bell A-Go-Go EP from 1967. Betty Chungs Chinese name is Zhong Ling Ling, although she's also known as Betty Chung Ling Ling.

鍾玲玲 - 在你手中把線牽
(EMI 7 EPA 197)
Tracklist EP:
- Bell a go-go
- Sugar town
- Puppet on a string (Listen here)
- Summer Wine
Just like Lara and the Trailers, Betty Chung also recorded a version of Lee Hazlewoods Sugartown on the EP.

Betty Chung also recorded a Mandarin-Chinese version of another 1967 evergreen: Love is Blue.
The evergreen can be found on her 1968 LP Wild flame (Listen here).

More Chinese Puppets at Eurocovers:
Lara and the Trailers (櫻櫻)
Rose (玫瑰)
Sakura Teng (櫻花)

Thanks to Peter for the translations

Click the pictures for larger versions
The Year Of The Puppet celebrates the 40 year anniversary of Sandie Shaw's Eurovision victory with Puppet On A String. Introduction to the series in this Eurocovers post.
Other versions already featured are from France, Singapore (Mandarin-Chinese), Jamaica. Yugoslavia, Estonia, U.K. (Comedy), Iceland, Lithuania, USA (Musical), Spain, Brasil, UK punk, Norway (gloom) Norway, Turkey, Portugal, Basque country Organland, Tirol, Denmark, CzechoSlovakia, Hungary, Russia, Yugoslavia (Slovenia), Chile/Argentina/Mexico, Sweden, Netherlands


Anonymous said...

Greetings from Hong Kong!

In addition to those covered in your Word file, during the '70s there had been a few other Eurovision songs that were covered by Hong Kong artists and were sung in English. Here are a few I could recall:

1. The Wynners:
"Waterloo" from their 1974 debut album "Listen To The Wynners" (track 3). This album has just been reissued on CD by UMG Hong Kong on January 2007 (6-album limited edition boxset 172-346-1).

"Save Your Kisses For Me" from their 1976 album "Same Kind Of Magic" (Track 3). This album has just been reissued on CD in Hong Kong on January 2007 (6-album limited edition boxset 172-346-1).

2. Jade:

"Let Me Be The One"

Both songs are available on their greatest hits CD (Man Chi Records 20752).

3. Gracie Rivera:
"The Bird And The Child" from her 2nd album with the same title (EMI EMGS6022).

4. 四朵金花 ("The Four Golden Flowers") featuring 沈澱霞 (Lydia Shum):
"All Kinds Of Everything" from their 1977 album "世界真細小" ("It's A Small World After All") (Track 10). This album has been reissued by EMI Hong Kong recently (2007) (SLRHX 1022).

Hope this helps.

Eurocovers said...

Thanks, much appreciated.

I'll be adding it to the list, which I will replace in the uploads some time soon.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Hong Kong again!

I just took a look at your Chinese cover list concerning the cover of the song "Soldiers Of Live" (Belgium 1987). Judging by the phonetic pronounciation of the title as listed in your .doc file, I believe the cover is titled "刀山火海" by Pat Chan (陳美玲). This song is featured on track 4, B-side of her LP titled "孤單的心" ("Lonely Heart"), released in 1987 by EMI Hong Kong (Serial #FH10039). I am not aware if this album was issued on CD back then but as far as I know, this track is not available on any of her compilation CDs available currently.

Also, I would like to give you a new entry for another Eurovision song covered by a Hong Kong artist. Unfortunately, I have never heard the original and I only got this information through a friend, so I am not able to verify if they are indeed the same song. The song is "Johnny Blue" by Lena Velaitis (1981 runner-up), which was covered by Annabelle Lui (雷安娜) in her 1981 album "舊夢不需記" ("No Need To Remember Old Dreams") and titled "別了憂鬱(Johnny Blue)" ("Farewell To Blues(Johnny Blue)"). This album has been reissued in CD format by Universal Music Hong Kong in 2006.

If there is any other Eurovision songs covered by Hong Kong artists that are not listed in your .doc file, I will report to you as soon as I found out.

Eurocovers said...

Thanks again. I have uploaded the new version of the Chinese version document. See the May 14 Eurocovers post.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Hong Kong yet again!

First of all, I am glad that Serbia has won this year's Eurovision contest. Congratulations.

Thank you for the update on the Chonese cover version file. Here is some addtional information regarding Gracie Rivera. During her recording career, she was based in Hong Kong. And if I remember correctly, she was born in Hong Kong to Phillipino parents. Last I heard about her years ago was that she met and married an American military officer and left Hong Kong.

I forgot to mention the serial number of Annabelle Lui's 1981 debut album. It is 2427351. My apologies for the omission. Universal Music Hong Kong probably assigned a new serial number for the 2006 CD reissue of the album.

Here is a link of the "Johhny Blue" cover by Annabelle Lui in 192k, plus a JPEG file of her debut album cover:

I don't know how long the link will stay up (probably 30 days), so if you would like to host the file elsewhere, please feel free to do so.

I am not affliated with any record companies or any businesses related to music sales, but for anyone who is interested, the CD for Annabelle Lui's 1981 debut album can be ordered at:
I feel obliged to also include a link of the album's availability, since I posted a link to download the song. I hope you don't mind.

Finally, thank you very much for giving me credit on your .doc file. Much appreciated.

Eurocovers said...

Many Thanks again! I have updated the May 14 article with the CD shop link and the song. Super thanks for all your help.