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Blast from the past as 1970s star makes rare appearance

Update: November, 22/2014 - 09:35
Bao Yen. — Photo vietbao

HCM CITY (VNS) — A famous face from the 1970s musical scene, one that has rarely been seen on stage since 2000, has resurfaced.

Bao Yen, 56, returns early next month for a monthly tribute to famous singers that Viet Nam Television has been running for the last year and a half.

Though there will be trademark songs like O Hai Dau Noi Nho (Missing Each Other), Thu Tinh Cuoi Mua Thu (Love Letter at the End of Autumn), Chuyen Hop Tan (A Story of Love and Heartbreak), and Mua Tren Pho Hue (Rain in Hue City), Dau An (Milestone) will not be all about Yen's hits from her three-decade career.

"I will sing all genres I sang — from bolero to pre-war music, foreign music," she told a press conference earlier this week.

The foreign pop-rock songs will bring memories of her halcyon days in the 1970s and 1980s when Yen was the reigning pop music queen.

"I will sing a medley of four English songs and Hotel California fully," she said.

She will also speak to the audience, sharing memories and stories about her career and Vietnamese music. On stage with Yen will be her two singer-musician sons Khai Ca and Bao Chau, famous pop and semi-classical singer Duc Tuan, and woman singer Hien Thuc.

Versatile

Yen grew up in the south and made her reputation in HCM City from 1975 onwards.

She was a versatile talent who was successful at most music genres; pop-rock, bolero, lyric, pre-war music, country and folk: there was virtually nothing she could not sing, it seemed.

Many composers like Thuan Yen and Thanh Tung chose her to launch their debut works.

Yen was not only a star singer but also a fashion icon for long.

Next month's live show — at 8pm on the first Saturday of the month as usual — at the Nguyen Du Sports Stadium will be broadcast live on VTV 9 and local channels around the country. — VNS

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