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Alan Tam

Alan Tam
Chinese name 譚詠麟
Chinese name 譚詠麟 (traditional)
Pinyin Tán Yǒnglín (Mandarin)
Jyutping taam4 wing6 leon4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong
Born (1950-08-23) 23 August 1950 [1][2]
Hong Kong
Other name(s)

Uncle Lun(倫伯)

Lucky Lun
Principal (校長)[3]
Principal Tam (譚校長)[3]
Occupation Singer, actor
Genre(s) Hong Kong English pop, Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s) PolyGram (1979–1999)
UMG (1999–present)
Years active 1969–Present
Associated acts The Wynners
Hacken Lee (左麟右李)
Spouse(s) Sally Yeung Kit Mei (楊潔薇) (1981–present)
Wendy Chu Wing Ting (朱穎婷) (1995–present)
Children Tam Hiu Fung (譚曉風)
Parents Tam Kong-pak (譚江柏)[4]
Influenced Hacken Lee, Eason Chan, Kelvin Kwan, Grasshopper
Official website


Alan Tam Wing-lun[5] MH is a Hong Kong pop singer and actor. He played a major role in developing the Cantopop scene in the 1980s as he was known for singing romantic ballads with modern arrangements. Today, he is still active in the music and film industry, releasing new albums on a regular basis. Since the late 1980s, he has served as a mentor for the cantopop music industry, earning the nickname the "Principal" or "Principal Tam".[3] Today he is regularly seen across the media in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, and various parts of East Asia participating in all types of entertainment related events and charity activities. As of 2013, Alan Tam has launched total 115 solo albums and has sold over 35 million records worldwide, he is also holding the record for having the most concerts in Hong Kong as a solo artist.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
    • Early years 2.1
    • As a solo singer 2.2
    • Actor 2.3
    • President of Artistes Guild 2.4
    • Entrepreneur 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Tam was born in 1950 to renowned football player Tam Kong-pak (譚江柏), who represented the Republic of China national team during the 1936 summer olympics.[4][6][7] He attended Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School and Chi Lin Buddhist Secondary School. Then, he majored in Economics while attending Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.

Tam wed Sally Yeung Kit-Mei in 1981. His son Tam Hiu Fung (b. 1995) has not followed his father's footsteps into showbiz despite media reports. Alan's primary wish was for his son to finish schooling. [8][9]


Early years

Tam developed a passion for music in his secondary school years in Hong Kong. He formed a band called "The Wynners" with his friends.[1] They subsequently entered an amateur singing contest and took the first prize to begin a career in the entertainment industry, appearing in a number of TVB variety shows.[1] The group disbanded, and he later reformed into the band The Wynners with Kenny Bee in 1973.[1][10] The Wynners performed mostly in English language, Tam was one of the two lead singers in the band until it split in 1978.[2]

Alan Tam established a foothold on the Cantopop scene with songs dating back to the late 1980s like 'Embrace' (擁抱), 'Flower in Water' (水中花), 'Half Dazed, Half Awoken' (半夢半醒) and the popular 'Love Trap' (愛情陷阱).

His first album as a solo artist was 'Naughty Boy' (反斗星) in 1979. An early success was the song 'Love in Autumn' (愛在深秋) first performed in 1984.

As a solo singer

A fast tempo song with modern arrangements in the 1980s by Alan Tam

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Tam's first album as a solo artist was "Naughty Boy" (反斗星) in 1979.[2] He later releases such as "Love in Autumn" (愛在深秋) in 1984 or "Embrace" (擁抱), "Flower in Water" (水中花) or "Half Dazed, Half Awoken" (半夢半醒) achieved commercial success. In the 1981 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards he also won his first major individual song award.[11] His 1984 albums of (愛的根源), (霧之戀) and 1985 (愛情陷阱) formed a successful trilogy of albums.[2] In 1987 he made an announcement that he would not accept any more awards with competition involved.[2] He continued to release albums for the next 30+ years.[12] From 1981 to 1988 he won a top 10 song award every year.[13] This was in addition to his winning a top 10 song award every year from 1983 to 1987 for the Jade solid gold awards.[14][15] In 1993, he released the English album "My Love", in collaboration with Korean singer Kim Wan-Sun.

The Hong Kong press frequently reported a fierce rivalry between Tam and fellow singer Leslie Cheung.[16] Although both artists were at peace with each other, it was the fans who created the spectacle of a musical feud. In the late 90s the singers brushed aside any doubts about their friendship, and even appeared in galas and other special programmes. In 1999, Leslie Cheung, together with other 17 singers, participated in the Album "Paying Tribute to Alan Tam" (誰可改變15週年紀念集) and collaborated to produce the single remix of Tam's popular songs "Illusion" (幻影) and "Foggy Love" (霧之戀).[16][17]

In 2003, he teamed up with fellow artist Hacken Lee for a major world tour entitled "Left Alan Right Hacken" (左麟右李). The name is a play on a Chinese idiom which means "neighbours" (左鄰右里). Up to 2013, they have performed around the world in countries like China, United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia and Japan with over 100 concerts. Since 2006 he has been helping his godson Kelvin Kwan establish a career in the Hong Kong pop industry.[18]

One of his signature fast songs "Love Trap" (愛情陷阱) earned him the 25th Anniversary Jade Solid Gold song honour award in 2006.[19] By 1995 he had already sold more than 20 million albums. By 2005 he had launched more than 104 albums, and 800 songs. He has taken part in 264 concerts, of which 189 were individual concerts.[2]

In 2007 he was the recipient of the 30th Hall of Fame Award from the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) for his 30+ years of contributions to the Hong Kong and Chinese music industry (以表揚他三十多年來對香港音樂創作及華人樂壇的貢獻).[3]


In the 1970s, Tam hosted the variety show The Wynners Show and took part in the television drama Over the Rainbow.[1] He decided to pursue opportunities in Taiwan in 1980, and starred in renowned director Pai Ching-jui's A Girl Without Sorrow.[2] He subsequently starred in more than ten films in Taiwan including The Funny Couple and Part Time Job. He later starred in a number of films like Armour of God with Jackie Chan and Master Wong v. Master Wong which is a parody of legendary Canton kung fu fighter Wong Fei Hung. In 1981 Tam won the Best Actor award at the Golden Horse Awards for his role in If I Were For Real (假如我是真的).[2] He has virtually retired from acting since Age of Miracles (1996) and Aces Going Places (1997). However, he makes a comeback for Here Comes Fortune (财神到) in 2010.[1]

President of Artistes Guild

On 11 January 2008, Tam was elected as president of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild.[20] Just a month after he was elected, the Edison Chen photo scandal caused a media storm. The Guild condemned the increasing circulation and uploading of obscene photos on the Internet. Tam was interviewed daily by different media on the handling of the case. He statement, "The circulation of such obscene photos has created a bad atmosphere in society."[21]

After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake Tam helped set up a relief committee to look after the livelihood and schooling of orphaned children. He was on a HK committee along with Eric Tsang, Jackie Chan and Eason Chan.[22]


In 1997 an announcement was made in Admiralty, Hong Kong to launch a Star East Entertainment restaurant concept boasting 40 celebrity investors. It was one of the most publicised investments made by Tam in collaboration with his best friends Natalis Chan and Eric Tsang.[23] In 2000 a merger was made between Star East and Planet Hollywood.[24]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Hong Kong performance artistes guild. "HKPAG." Alan Tam profile.Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "" Article from Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd. Retrieved on 4 August 2008.
  4. ^ a b Sina. "" 譚詠麟:我的父親譚江柏一-父親為我買足球. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
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  6. ^ Fifa. "Fifa." Olympic Football Tournament Berlin 1936 results. Alan Tam's father listed as pinyin TAI Jiang Bai. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  7. ^ Wenweipo (香港文匯報). "" 譚詠麟和父親譚江柏. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Alan Tam's son ventures into showbiz despite objections". Xin MSN Entertainment. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Alan's son got 12 A's, can't become a singer.
  10. ^ Cnwnews. "" 溫拿樂隊檔案. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  11. ^ RTHK. "RTHK." RTHK top 10 gold song awards 1981. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  12. ^ RickyTong database. "RTDB." Alan Tam music db. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  13. ^ RTHK. "RTHK." RTHK top 10 gold song awards 1988. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  14. ^ TVB. "TVB." 1983 Jade solid gold award. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  15. ^ TVB. "TVB." 1987 Jade solid gold award. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  16. ^ a b Tamwinglun. "" 1999 news. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  17. ^ Universal music hk. "" Alan Tam. Retrieved on 3 August 2008.
  18. ^ "香港男新人王关楚耀现身佛山 (New Hong Kong star Kelvin Kwan coming to Foshan)". Huanqiao Yulewang. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2007. 
  19. ^ TVB. "TVB." Additional awards 2006. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  20. ^ Asianbite. "" Eason Chan Elected Vice President of the Hong Kong PAG. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  21. ^ Sina. "" Hong Kong stars slam nude photos. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  22. ^ HKStandard. "The" Run Run leads way as hearts and wallets open to disaster victims. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  23. ^ HKStandard. "The" HK stars to challenge Planet hollywood. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.
  24. ^ SEC. "" Planet Hollywood and Star East Holdings Complete Strategic Merger in Asia. Retrieved on 30 September 2008.

External links

  • Alan Tam Dot Com
  • TAMWINGLUN.Com (譚詠麟.COM)
  • Profile at
  • IMDb entry
Preceded by
Teresa Teng
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Anita Mui
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