Off-Beat Cha Cha - Kong Ling / RARE HONG KONG IMPORT / DIAMOND STEREO EXOTICA

End Price: USD 151
Start Price: USD 20
End Date: 2011-12-25
Start Date: 2011-12-18

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Off-Beat Cha Cha - Kong Ling / RARE HONG KONG IMPORT / DIAMOND STEREO EXOTICA


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DIAMOND STEREO SLP 1000 - MADE IN HONG KONG
OFF-BEAT CHA CHA WITH KONG LING

Cover is VG++
Record Side A is NEAR MINT
Record Side B is NEAR MINT

01 China Night
02 One Way Ticket
03 C’est Magnifique
04 Ciao Ciao Bambina 

05 My Heart Is An Open Book
06 I Love You Baby
07 The Voice Of Love
08 Seven Lonely Days
09 Tenderly
10 Let’s Go Off Beat
11 Mona Lisa
12 Sayonara

The Off-Beat was first popularised in Manila and in no time at all it swept the Orient like the Asian Flu, but without its ill-effects. The demand for Off-Beat discs was so great that the Diamond Music Company decided to record and release the first long play exclusively devoted to this exciting tempo. The automatic choice of a vocalist was the charming and talented Kong Ling with Celso Carrillo as arranger and conductor. 

Celso's arrangements are not only refreshingly new but real swingers. Celso, himself, can be heard playing the piano, cow-bell, timbales and conga drum on various tracks. This L.P. fulfills his ambition to score Latin American arrangements for four trumpets, baritone sax and percussion instruments.

Twenty-five year-old Kong Ling, who's real name is Kong Yan Lai, is a modern day Cinderella. Ever since she was a little girl Kong Ling loved singing but never thought of it as a career until she won an inter-school competition in 1951 with the song "Congratulations" Since that wonderful day this talented Oriental thrush has continuously been showered with compliments. 

Kong Ling made her professional debut in 1954 and after a series of local engagements toured Singapore for nine months. She was so successful that when she returned to Hong Kong she became the most sought after singer. This charmer was in such great demand that she became the first artist in the Colony to be featured in three separate night-clubs every evening. She is known as the "Sweetheart of Hong Kong" and this tribute is understandable as a few tracks of this record will clearly indicate her versatility.

Kong Ling's popularity is not restricted to night-spots. She also appears in various radio and television shows and is always ready to make personal appearances at charity performances. This is her first attempt at recording in English and the result is something she can be proud of. Arthur Godfrey heard her perform and was so fascinated that he invited her to appear on his Television show (by the time you read this Kong Ling has probably appeared in Godrey' s show). 

Besides being a very successful singer Kong Ling enjoys listening to records, dancing, movies and sports cars. When asked what her ambition was, she shyly replied: "I' would like to become a very good singer and a very good wife".

Whether she's going "Off-Beat", searching for "The Voice Of Love", buying "A One Way Ticket To The Blues", declaring her "Heart Is An Open Book", reminiscing "Tenderly" or simply saying "Sayonara" she combines her charm, warmth, sincerity and talent to delight you with some really wonderful Off-Beat versions of twelve popular songs.

This album is unreservedly recommended to you for here you have a new sound, something unusual" something exciting but most important of all . . . . . . . this is Kong Ling . . . . . . . . The Voice of Hong Kong. 

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