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Rita Chao - The Singles Collecton

Rita Chao -  The Singles Collecton
 

Rita Chao, aka "Seow Mei-Mei", the A-G0-Go Queen of the 60s. Recorded her first EP with The Quests that included one of her greatest hits during that period, "Shake, Shake, Shake" or "Yeow, Yeow, Yeow" in Mandarin. Like Sakura, she sang in Mandarin, English and Japanese. Most of her recordings were accompanied by The Quests. "Sixteen Candles" was one of her most popular English songs.

Rita Chao -  The Singles Collecton


Rita Chao, best known to her Mandarin-speaking fans as …Ling Yun, Ling Ying or Seow Mei-Mei, depending on the source of information you’d prefer to rely on…), was born in Singapore, most probably during the mid '40s of the last century, probably in 1946.
According to some reports, her family originated from the city of Hangzhou (杭州), which is located in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, not so far from Shanghai (上海).
Her interest in music developed at school, and when she was 15 she started singing and performing on stage. Her grandmother, Zhao Yongchun a former amateur Peking Opera singer, encouraged her to leave school and at that time she embarked on short tours through Vietnam and North Borneo (Malaysia) along with small acting companies.
Since then, Zhao Yongchun, determined to make her beloved granddaughter famous, became her manager and successfully arranged for her to perform in some of the most famous nightclubs in Singapore. In those days, Rita also used to perform at the now defunct New World Amusement Park along with Sakura, and they both lived in Jalan Besar.
In 1966 Rita was signed by Columbia / EMI and released her very first 7" EP, the subject of this post. On this record, she was paired with the top guitar band from Singapore, The Quests, and it was instant stardom.
During her career Rita Chao recorded many great Mandarin covers of popular English songs and she was part of the pioneers who launched the Rock Movement in Singapore. Along with Sakura (with whom she joined forces on many recordings during the late '60s) they were both known as 'A Go-Go Queens of the Sixties".

Rita Chao, who was wildly popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong in the 1960s , has passed away in July last year. She was 64.


1. Rita Chao&The Surfers- Time Is Tight
2. Rita Chao&The Surfers - My Lost Dream
3. Rita Chao - I'm Into Something Good
4. Rita Chao - Sixteen Candles
5. Rita Chao - Wooly Bully
6. Rita Chao - Jilted
7. Rita Chao - Pretty Flamingo
8. Rita Chao - Hanky Panky
9. Rita Chao - Proud Mary
10. Rita Chao - Diamond
11. Rita Chao - Cu Cu Cu Choo
12. Rita Chao - Obladi -  Oblada
13. Rita Chao - Gonna Be Alright
14. Rita Chao - Tears
15. Rita Chao - Shake, Shake, Shake
16. Rita Chao - Let True Love Begin
17. Rita Chao - Frankie
18. Rita Chao - Watasiwa
19. Rita Chao - Only Friends
20. Rita Chao - How To Catch A Girl
21. Rita Chao - Love Is Me Love Is You
22. Rita Chao - The Boy Next Door
23. Rita Chao - Happy Happy Birthday
24. Rita Chao - I Know
25. Rita Chao - As Tears Go By
26. Rita Chao - He's Untrue


Rita Chao (The Boy Next Door) EP 1968 (Flac/MP3 + Scans

Rita Chao (The Boy Next Door) EP 1968 (Flac/MP3 + Scans



Rita Chao (The Boy Next Door) EP 1968 (Flac/MP3 + Scans

Rita Chao ‎– The Boy Next Door 隔壁的冤家
Label:
Columbia ‎– ECHK 575
Format:
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, EP, Blue label
Country:
Singapore
Released:
1968
Genre:
Rock, Pop
Style:
Vocal, Garage Rock

Enjoy.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"




Rita Chao (With The Quests) 1967 LP (Flac /MP3 Format with Scans)


Rita Chao (With The Quests) 1967 LP (Flac /MP3 Format with Scans)



Rita Chao (With The Quests) 1967 LP (Flac /MP3 Format with Scans)

Rita Chao (凌雲, a.k.a. Ling Ying to her Mandarin-speaking fans) was a very popular recording star from Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s, released both Mandarin and English records in Singapore and Malaysia. She also gained fans in Japan. Her fans still remember Rita Chao very fondly in her hip 60's A-Go-Go boots and miniskirts and also her bell-bottoms.

Rita enjoyed the accompaniment of The Quests, EMI Singapore's top band in the 1960s, and together they recorded several hits for Rita. Her first recording was the single “Shake, shake, shake” with “Happy, happy, birthday” on the B-side.

When The Quests went to Hong Kong, Rita recorded with the “other” best band, The Surfers, and continued to be popular and very successful.

Tracklist
The Boy Next Door 隔壁的冤家
He's Untrue 薄情郎
Only Friends 別纏住我
Shake Shake Shake 搖搖搖
Hanky Panky
I Know 愛人你變了
Lonely Heart 去年今天
Bachelor Boy 媽媽的勸告
Sixteen Candles
Let True Love Begin 小姑娘
Gonna Be Alright 往日的舊夢
Wooly Bully 我不能沒有你

Enjoy.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

Ty To Stereo Candles For This Share.

Rita Chao (Hanky Panky) EP 1967 (Flac,Mp3 and Scans)


Rita Chao (Hanky Panky) EP 1967 (Flac,Mp3 and Scans)



Rita Chao (Hanky Panky) EP 1967 (Flac,Mp3 and Scans)


Here's the track list for this 7" EP:

01. Hanky Panky (3:11)
02. 薄情郎 (He's Untrue) (3:24)
03. 去年今天 (Lonely Heart) (3:36)
04. 媽媽的勸告 (Bachelor Boy) (2:07)

Enjoy.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

Big TY to Original Sharer.

Rita Chao (Wooly Bully) EP 1966 (Flac + Mp3 + Scans)


Rita Chao (Wooly Bully) EP 1966 (Flac + Mp3 + Scans)



Rita Chao (Wooly Bully) EP 1966 (Flac + Mp3 + Scans)

Rita Chao (凌雲, a.k.a. Ling Ying to her Mandarin-speaking fans) was a very popular recording star from Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s, released both Mandarin and English records in Singapore and Malaysia. She also gained fans in Japan. Her fans still remember Rita Chao very fondly in her hip 60's A-Go-Go boots and miniskirts and also her bell-bottoms.

Rita enjoyed the accompaniment of The Quests, EMI Singapore's top band in the 1960s, and together they recorded several hits for Rita. Her first recording was the single “Shake, shake, shake” with “Happy, happy, birthday” on the B-side.

When The Quests went to Hong Kong, Rita recorded with the “other” best band, The Surfers, and continued to be popular and very successful.

She died in July 2014 of colon cancer.

凌雲* ‎– Wooly Bully 我不能沒有你
Label:
Columbia ‎– ECHK 560
Format:
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, EP, Green label
Country:
Singapore
Released:
1966
Genre:
Rock, Pop
Style:
Vocal
Tracklist
A1 Wooly Bully 我不能沒有你
A2 Pretty Flamingo 好風采
B1 Let True Love Begin 小姑娘
B2 Love Is Me, Love Is You 愛是我、愛是你

Rita Chao (Wooly Bully) EP 1966 (Flac + Mp3 + Scans)

Enjoy.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

Rita Chao (Shake Shake Shake) EP 1966 (Flac, Mp3 and Scans)


Rita Chao (Shake Shake Shake) EP 1966 (Flac, Mp3 and Scans)




Rita Chao (Shake Shake Shake) EP 1966 (Flac, Mp3 and Scans)

(7" EP, Columbia EMI, ECHK 556, Singapore)
1966
A1. 搖搖搖 (Shake, Shake, Shake)
A2. 愛人你變了 (I Know)
B1. 快樂誕辰 (Happy Happy Birthday)
B2. 想起他 (As Tears Go By)

Rita Chao

Real Name:
凌雲

Profile:

Rita Chao sang many wonderful and stylised Mandarin covers of popular English songs. Her first recording was an SP “Shake, Shake, Shake” with “Happy Happy Birthday” on the B-side. She was paired with the top guitar band from Singapore, The Quests. It was instant stardom. Rita Chao with The Quests made many great records together. When The Quests went to Hong Kong, Rita recorded with the “other” best band, The Surfers, and continued to be popular and very successful.

Rita Chao with The Quests: Shake, shake, shake, Happy, happy, birthday, Wolly bully, As tears go by, Let true love begin, The boy next door, Pretty flamingo, It’s gonna be alright, I know, Hanky panky, 16 candles, Frankie, I’m into something good, How to catch a girl, Love is me, love is you, Crying in a storm, I’m a tiger, Koo koo looney, Lonely one, To love somebody.

Rita Chao with The Surfers: Yummy, yummy, Donna, Master Jack, I’ve gotta find cupid.

RIP July 2014.

Rita Chao (Shake Shake Shake) EP 1966 (Flac, Mp3 and Scans)


Enjoy.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

Ty To Stereo Candles For This Share.


Rita Chao -  The Singles Collecton Rita Chao (The Boy Next Door) EP 1968 (Flac/MP3 + ScansRita Chao (With The Quests) 1967 LP (Flac /MP3 Format with Scans)Rita Chao (Hanky Panky) EP 1967 (Flac,Mp3 and Scans)Rita Chao (Wooly Bully) EP 1966 (Flac + Mp3 + Scans)Rita Chao (Shake Shake Shake) EP 1966 (Flac, Mp3 and Scans)

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