Just when the listeners began to speculate about his absent from the Vietnamese music scene, Elvis Phuong surprised us with his spectacular work in the recently released video & CD titled "Ta On Doi, Ta On Nguoi".
So who is Elvis Phuong? To the Vietnamese-American community, and to many other Vietnamese all over the world, he is our own male superstar of the Vietnamese music industry.
Loved music since he was 6 years of age, Elvis learned to sing by listening to the records or tapes of foreign singers, especially Elvis Presley. When he was 17 or 18 years old, against his father wishes, Elvis Phuong chose to stay in Viet Nam to pursue a career in singing instead of going to France for an education. Elvis Phuong, whose real name is Pham Ngoc Phuong selected his stage name after his idol, Elvis Presley.
His first appearance in front of an audience was in 1962 at Regina Pacis high school's open house where he sang Nua dem ngoai pho and O' Cangaceiro. The first band that he worked with was the Rockin' Stars, a popular band during the early 60s. In subsequent years, he also collaborated with other famous bands such as Les Vampires and Phuong Hoang. In 1968, Mr Ngoc Chanh of Shotguns Productions produced Elvis Phuong's first album titled Shotguns 26: Tieng Hat Elvis Phuong. In 1977, Elvis Phuong's musical journey took him by storm with the first album produced overseas titled Hat Cho Nguoi Vuot Bien. Since then, Elvis Phuong has recorded many tapes and/or CDs and appeared in many videos.
Elvis Phuong is a strong and surprisingly versatile singer. He covers a wide range of styles such as Rock n' Roll, Pop, Folk, Pre-War, Post-War, Ballad etc. His name is associated with hits such as Vet Thu Tren Lung Ngua Hoang, Ao Em Sut Chi Duong Ta, Dan Ba, Dem Nho Ve SaiGon etc.
As described in a press release, his latest work Ta On Doi - Ta On Nguoi was made in Viet Nam to portray his 35 years career as a singer. His diversified talent is manifested on this video, a collection of gems that were displayed through the lyrical and musical terrain of Rock'n'Roll (Blue Suede Shoes), Folks (Tat Nuoc Dau Dinh, Qua Cau Gio Bay), and Romantic Ballads - in Vietnamese, English and French (Thuong Nhau Ngay Mua, Giot Nang Ben Them, Unchained Melody, Aline, Ma Vie etc.). All of the songs were skillfully mixed by either Manh Trinh or Billy Shane or Chi Tai or Bill Kilpatrick except for one, "Yeu Nguoi Va Yeu Doi." Here, the listeners witness Elvis Phuong's talent, and without any high tech or fancy mixing, just his powerful and filled with emotion tone of voice, accompanied by the guitar of Le Huu Ha.
Elvis Phuong, says, "I chose the name of the video Ta On Doi - Ta On Nguoi to show my appreciation of what I have today. I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my colleagues and my fans." Elvis Phuong, his wife, Phan Le Hoa and the crew from Kim Loi Productions, traveled throughout the North, Central and South Viet Nam to locate the appropriate scenes for this video.
Living for Elvis Phuong means knowing to enjoy life to the fullest. His secrets to a happy marriage are trust, love, honesty, and loyalty. Elvis Phuong and his wife, Phan Le Hoa, established their own company, EP Productions in Cerritos, Southern California. Born in Binh Duong, Elvis Phuong is an Aquarius and celebrates his birthday on February 1st. His favorite color is black & white and his lucky number is thirteen.
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