Grace Chang (Ge Lan) 葛蘭

The inimitable Grace Chang, or 葛蘭 (Ge Lan, a romanization of “Grace”) to her Chinese fans, was a megastar during the golden age of Mandarin cinema and songstress films in Hong Kong from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. Grace was born in Nanjing, grew up in Shanghai and trained in classical Beijing opera, and moved to Hong Kong at age 15. MP & GI Film Studio (which distinguished from established studios by making contemporary melodramas and musicals influenced by Hollywood) made her a household name in the Far East. The late 50s Summer Romance of Hollywood with Asia also took Grace to international fame when she debut very successfully on The Dinah Shore Show (October 25, 1959) on American television. Grace sang The Autumn Song (秋之歌, adapted from 秋的懷念 by Yao Li) and then the memorable rendition of “Getting to know you” with Yukiji Asaoka (朝丘雪路) and Dinah Shore. Grace made about 30 movies before retiring shortly after her marriage in 1961 to Gao Fuquan from London, England. Capitol Records released an album of her endearing Chinese songs in 1961. She was also credited with the first English-language popular music recording produced in Hong Kong: “I want you to be my baby” (Georgia Gibbs) recorded under the Chinese title 我要你的愛.

Grace is referred to by some as the Marlene Dietrich of Hong Kong Chinese cinema. Some of her movies are considered classics including:
1) 野玫瑰之戀 The Wild Wild Rose (1960), with hit songs like Ja Jambo 說不出的快活 and Carmen 卡門 (Habanera).
2) 曼波女郎 Mambo Girl (1961), with I love Cha Cha,
3) 空中小姐 Air Hostess (1959), with Taiwan Song 台湾小调 and Oh Caliso.

(人生何處不相逢)
人生何處不相逢
相逢何不訴情衷
只管對他說明
你情有所鍾
不要怕什麽驚恐
人生何處不相逢
相逢何不訴情衷
只管對他說明
你情有所鐘
不要怕好夢成空
姻緣道上
免不了也有驟雨狂風
不妨讓風雨相送
姻緣道上
免不了也有歡笑悲慟
不妨讓悲歡相共
人生何處不相逢
相逢何不訴情衷
只管對他說明
你情有所鍾
不要怕好夢成空

5 Responses to Grace Chang (Ge Lan) 葛蘭

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  4. Hi, why I cannot find any information of Grace Chang’s song Que sera sera (Jiang Lai Shi Ge Mi) under His Master’s Voice; could it be Her first vinyl record, just wonder?

  5. Hi, why I cannot find any information of Grace Chang’s song Que sera sera (Jiang Lai Shi Ge Mi) under His Master’s Voice; could it be Her first vinyl record, just wonder? Thanks.

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