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Teresa Teng, born in Yunlin, Taiwan, on January 29, 1953 had 3 elder brothers and one younger brother. Teresa started her singing life as young as the age of 5. At the early age of 11 (1964), she won the Chinese Radio Station Huangmei Singing Contest by the song "Visiting Yingtai." by 14 Years old, she hosted the show "Everyday One Star."
In 1969, she played the leading role in the TV series "Thank You, Manager." She was also invited to perform at a charity concert in Singapore. In the same year, she sang the theme song for the first Taiwan TV series. In 1970, Teresa's first performance in Hong Kong was held. In 1971, she became the youngest person ever to be awarded the title of the Charity Queen of the Bai Hua You Arts Auction for making charity sales. She also signed to Life Records of Taiwan. In 1972, she was filmed in the movie "Ms. Music Fan" with Mr. Chang Chung. In the same year, she made the Top 10 Singers list in Hong Kong.
Teresa decided to start singing in Japan in 1973, when she signed to Polydor Records of Japan, so she was determined to try her best in studing Japanese. However within a short period of 6 months she was already able to communicate in Japanese with the staff of the company and during meetings. Her first Japanese Album "KONYA KASHIRA? ASHITA KASHIRA?" (Should it be tonight or tomorrow?) was released on March 1,1974. Her second Japanese album "KUUKOO" (Airport) was released on July 1, 1974. Through this song "KUUKOO" she won the Best New Singer award of Japan that year. She also signed to PolyGram Records of Hong Kong and released the album "Good Bye, My Love" in 1975. The following year, she held her first HK solo concert at Lee Theatre. In 1977, she held her solo concert in Tokyo, Japan and won a television award for her song "I live for you."
Teresa held her second solo concert of Hong Kong in 1978. In 1979, she held her first solo concert in the US and Canada. Teresa also studied English at USC (University of Southern California) in California, USA. On the same year, the album "Small Town Story" was released.
In 1980, Teresa performed in the US at the Lincoln Theatre in New York and became the first Chinese to every perform at the Los Angeles Music Center. She held her third Hong Kong solo concert. In addition, she went to Taiwan to visit the Kinmen Island troops and performed at the Sun Yatsen Memorial in which all funds from tickets went to the Patriotic Fund. Teresa won the Best Female Singer award in Taiwan. In the same year, her first Cantonese album "" was released. In 1981, Teresa held 7 consecutive solo concerts in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the number of consecutive solo concerts by a single artist. Also, she won the record-breaking number of 5 platinum records in a single year in Hong Kong and also received the Patriotic Artist Award in Taiwan. In 1983, Teresa became the first Chinese to ever perform at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas, USA. In the same year, she received an award from PolyGram (Hong Kong) for reaching top sales, being the top selling singer ever in the music industry of Hong Kong. She released her second and famous Cantonese album "The Steps of the Road of Life", which got the Double Platinum figure after a few days of its release.
Teresa Teng won the Annual Cable TV Award of Japan for 3 consecutive years (1984, 1985, and 1986) by the song "TSUGUNAI" (Love Compensation) in 1984, "AIJIN" (Lover) in 1985, and "TOKI NO NAGARE NI MI WO MAKASE" (Let It Depend On The Flow Of Time) in 1986. No other singer, even to this date, was able to achieve this. The song "AIJIN" (Lover) also set a new record for staying on top of the broadcast charts in Japan for over 10 weeks. Her song "TOKI NO NAGARE NI MI WO MAKASE" sold over 5 million copies in the Japan market in 1986.
Unfortunately, she left us on May 8, 1995 due to an asthma attack in Chiang Mai, Thailand at age 42. Her coffin was wrapped with the Taiwan flag and was carried by military officers and family members. Indeed, during the funeral, Teresa was given many awards for her large contribution to the nation and society.
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