Phạm Thị Băng Thanh
5 August 1934 (age 85)
|Died||17 March 2020|
|Years active||1947-2002 (55 years)|
|Known for||Vietnamese pop icon|
|Trường ca Hòn Vọng Phu, Thiên Thai, Mẹ Việt Nam, Tình hoài hương.|
|Children||Ý Lan, Quỳnh Hương, Lê Xuân Việt, Lê Đại|
|Relatives||Phạm Đình Chương, Thái Hằng, Phạm Duy|
|Labels||Continental, Diem Xua production, Thuy Nga|
|Associated acts||Phạm Duy, the Thăng Long|
Thái Thanh (5 August 1934 – 17 March 2020), also known as Phạm Thị Băng Thanh, was a Vietnamese-American singer. She was one of the most ionic singers of the Western-influenced popular music in Vietnam, known as 'New music of Vietnam' or 'Tân nhạc'.
Thái Thanh started her career before the First Indochina War when she was 14 years old without attending any music academy. She was a member of her family-based band called the Thăng Long, one of the first and widely known music bands in Vietnam during 20th century. She began her solo career and had her stage name 'Thái Thanh' since 1950. Thái Thanh, later, gained her prestige in the record industry and pop culture in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. She was famous for her performances of songs and works of many important musicians including Đặng Thế Phong, Lê Thương, Văn Cao, Dương Thiệu Tước, Phạm Đình Chương and especially Phạm Duy, her brother-in-law, with whom she had a long-lasting collaboration. After 1975, she was banned from performing publicly former records due to her refusal to cooperate with the Communist Government of Vietnam. In 1985, she emigrated to become part of the musical diaspora in Orange County, California. She continued her music career among Vietnamese community in the United States and Canada until her retirement in 2002, which marked 55 years of her historical contribution to the music industry and pop culture of Vietnam throughout the 20th century.
Thái Thanh's unique style of singing is the combination of Tonkin's folk music, French popular music and Western opera. This pioneering singing style, then, had a significant impact on many singers and artists in next generations even after the Fall of Saigon.
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