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Hong Kong rock

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Hong Kong rock (Chinese:香港搖滾) includes Cantonese rock (Cantorock) and English Rock. It can be traced back to the late 1960s to 1980s with bands such as Lotus, Teddy Robin and The Playboys, Beyond, Tat Ming Pair, Tai Chi (band), and Danny Summer[1], a rock singer known as the "Father of Hong Kong Rock". Hong Kong rock grew rapidly in the 1980s when Beyond was signed by a major record label Cinepoly


The Hong Kong rock phenomena began in the 1960s with Lotus, an early Hong Kong English pop-rock band formed in 1966 with notable members being lead vocalist Samuel Hui, bass guitarist Danny So, drummer David Cheung, rhythm guitarist Albert Li, and lead guitarist Wallace Chow.

Also in 1966, Teddy Robin and The Playboys, another Hong Kong English pop-rock band, was formed with notable members including lead vocalist and guitarist Teddy Robin, lead guitarist Norman Cheng (father of actor/singer Ronald Cheng), rhythm guitarist Raymond Kwan, bassist William Kwan, drummer Frederick Chan, and keyboardist Ricky Chan. Their notable works include "Lies", "Six Days in May", and "Norman's Fancy."

In the 1980s, Hong Kong rock saw exponential growth in Beyond, a Hong Kong canto pop-rock band formed in 1983 with lead vocalist Wong Ka Kui and drummer Yip Sai Wing. In 1984, Ka Kui's younger brother and bassist Wong Ka Keung joined the band. In 1985, lead guitarist Paul Wong Koon Chung also joined the band. In 1988, Beyond won their first musical awards: the 1988 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation, and the 1989 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards. Beyond had many notable works, including Great Earth (大地), Glorious Year (光輝歲月), Truly Love You (真的愛你), Boundless Oceans, and Vast Skies (海闊天空). In 2005, the band disbanded due to the demise of lead vocalist Wong Ka Kui.[2]

Formed in 1985, Tat Ming Pair was an experimental duo consisting of composer Tats Lau and vocalist Anthony Wong Yiu Ming. Their body of work encompasses different genres, including cantopop, synthpop, electronic dance music, new wave, and some rock music. Their notable works include Lost Mix (迷惘夜車), The Story, The Stone (石頭記), and Tonight The Stars Are Brilliant (今夜星光燦爛).

Also formed in 1985, the rock band Tai Chi includes lead vocalists Patrick Lui and Albert Lui, guitarists Joey Tang and Ernest Lau, keyboardist Gary Tong, bass guitarist and backing vocal Eddy Sing, and drummer Ricky Chu. Tai Chi is still active to date and has a large base of fans. Their notable works include Red Sport Car (红色跑车), Stray (迷途), Happy and Sad (樂與悲), and Crystal.

List of Hong Kong rock bands[edit]

Year Name
1966 Lotus
Teddy Robin and the Playboys
1983 Beyond
1985 Tat Ming Pair
Tai Chi
1999 LMF
2001 Hardpack
2002 Qiu Hong
2003 Dear Jane
2005 Chochukmo
Tie Shu Lan
2006 Supper Moment
2007 ToNick
2008 Mr. (Mister)
2010 Pandora
2014 Instinct of sight
Seasons for Change
2013 The Boogie Playboys
2015 Nowhere Boys
2016 Dear John
Psycho Skull
2018 Strange Lives

List of Hong Kong rock singers[edit]

Year Name
1966 Sam Hui
Teddy Robin
1974 Danny Summer
1979 Joey Tang Kin Ming
1982 Anthony Wong Chau Sang
1983 Wong Ka Kui
Yip Sai Wing
1984 Steve Wong Ka Keung
1985 Paul Wong Koon Chung
1993 Endy Chow Kwok Yin
1996 Denise Ho Wan See
Nicholas Tse Ting Fung
1997 Grace Ip Pui Man
1998 Candy Lo Hau Yam
2002 Ellen Joyce Loo Hoi Tung
2006 Sunny Chan Shi Sun
2014 Adrian Fu Chee Yat


  1. "Danny Summer". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  2. "The story of Beyond: 25 years since Hong Kong's biggest rock band lost its frontman". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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