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Biography of Tracy Huang, the Sultry Asian Diva

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Tracy Huang

Tracy Huang

This article is specifically meant for a rather small group of Asians (especially Chinese) who do not read or understand Mandarin Chinese. Most Caucasians will not know who Tracy Huang is. However, most people past middle-age, from South-east Asia (especially Malaysia and Singapore), will know Tracy Huang. Of course, every Taiwanese knows Tracy Huang as Huang Yingying (黃鶯鶯).

Tracy Huang, the Sultry Asian Diva

Tracy Huang sings in Mandarin and English, so her art cuts across the language barrier. Huang’s vocal fame was at its peak in the 1970s. She is still famous and popular today. With her sultry look and her magnetic, captivating eyes, her records (vinyl) and tapes in those days could be sold just by her portraits alone! Every red-blooded male during those days couldn't resist buying her records and tapes. Huang excelled with her individual style, elegance, and sophistication. This does not mean that she lacked female fans. Both males and females loved her soft and sweet velvety voice. It is second to none. You just need to listen to her songs to be convinced. Even today, at 70 years old, her looks defy all odds!

Her ageless beauty sets her free from being secretive about her age. She can declare to the world that her beauty is ageless. To see is to believe. Take a look at the photo at the top! (Some critics point to cosmetic intervention. I don't know.)

It’s a fact that her looks sell. But her golden, velvety voice sells more! Just go listen to her voice and watch the videos throughout this article to hear and see for yourself!

Tracy Huang's Four-Decade Career

Enough said about Tracy Huang’s ageless beauty and velvety voice. Let's talk a little bit more about her career. Her Chinese name is Huang Yingying (黃鶯鶯). When she was starting her career in Singapore, she changed her Chinese name to Huang Luyi (黃露儀), and for her wider audience, Tracy Huang. Huang’s singing career has covered four decades, and she is still popular today. The only Asian singing icon who could match her popularity was Teresa Teng.

Tracy Huang was born in Taiwan on 29 August, 1951. She started her singing career at an early age, singing mostly English songs with pop bands in Taiwan. Then she spent five years singing in an exclusive American club. That was where, I think, she learned to sing English songs with such clear diction. Her first break came when her talent was discovered by a Taiwanese composer who commissioned her to sing the title songs of several box-office hit movies.

Tracy's latest release "Tracy Lullaby". Launched on 29 June 2012.

Tracy's latest release "Tracy Lullaby". Launched on 29 June 2012.

Tracy Huang’s Shift Into Singapore

It was in Singapore in the 1970s that Tracy Huang’s fame and popularity rose. If I am not mistaken, Tracy moved to Singapore when she married a Singaporean Chinese. Apart from her sweet voice, Tracy’s sophisticated and stylish looks attracted Singapore television programmers to contract her for the popular Chinese Variety Show series. This set her meteoric rise in the Asian pop scene. Huang became a household name across Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and, of course, Taiwan. She was so popular that she produced a special Cantonese album (Hot Summer) specifically for the Hong Kong market.

She signed up with the international recording company EMI and successfully produced many top selling albums both in English and Mandarin; she had 10 gold albums under the EMI label. Tracy’s first English album Feelings won the Gold Disc Award in Hong Kong for top sales. Her second English album, Mississippi, raked in an all-time sales record for EMI. By the third album, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, sales reached Australia. Tracy was so popular in the '80s that the recording companies cashed in with successive releases of her renditions of popular English evergreen songs like "San Francisco," "Mississippi," "Vincent," "To Sir With Love," "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again," "If We Are Only Friends," "Wonderful World," "Love Is Blue," "Love Me Tender," "Rhythm Of The Rain," "On My Own," "Sound Of Silence," and many, many more. You name them, and chances are she would have them in records and vinyl (and now on CDs). Best of all, you can now watch and listen to all of them in this wonderful world of Youtube!

Subsequently, she signed up with Polygram Records, which also had the popular Teresa Teng under its wings. Polygram had close association with its Japanese office, and from there, Tracy was able to collaborate with Kitaro’s compositions to produce many successful albums. Since then, Tracy's career has been clear sailing, and, after joining a new recording company, UFO, she produced many additional best-selling albums. Tracy also recorded on the Philips label. In the '80s, Huang established herself as the top Asian diva, portraying herself as the trend-setter in image and style. Her albums were the only ones able to sit alongside with those of Teresa Teng’s. Her position at the top still holds.

Tracy’s Popularity Continued Into the '90s and Today!

Tracy Huang established her own production house in 1991, called Inner Music Production. She subsequently produced many top sellers with original materials. One of her songs, “Bury My Heart,” became the theme song for the movie Centrestage, which won the “Best Movie Theme Song”.

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Tracy continued with her stage performances and television appearances. Then came music videos. In 1993, she was invited to represent Taiwan in the Asian Music Scene. During the same year, she was also invited as a special guest for the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. She even performed alongside Dick Lee, Shinji Tanimura, and Aaron Kwok. In 1995, she returned to EMI with a big bang, and came out with another three successful Chinese albums and a number of English labels to boot. Huang has recorded 51 successful albums both in English and Chinese.

Tracy's Greatest Hit: Autumn Wind (秋风)

To me, Tracy's greatest hit was "Autumn Wind" (秋风 or "Chiu Feng"). This song was one of the few Chinese songs which did not originate from China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. It originated from Singapore. It was produced under the EMI (Singapore) label in 1978. It became an instant mega hit in Singapore. Then it was subsequently distributed to the rest of Asia. The song was such a hit that there was a Thai version produced in Thailand.

In fact I first heard "Autumn Wind" in Thai, not even knowing that it was originally sung by Tracy Huang! It remains my number one favorite. You can enjoy the video below this article. Note the very melodious sound of the Chinese flute at the beginning of the song.

A Long Shot, One Reminds Me of the Other

This is song always causes me to reminisce. These two charming age-defying ladies; although belonging to vastly different spectrum of popularity and adulation, have an uncanny resemblance in appearance. Look at those eyes, bearing in mine both the ladies are Asians!

When I see Tracy Huang, she reminds me of Aung San Suu Kyi! And vice versa. I stand corrected with my poor eyesight and shallow perception.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Rangoon, Burma, on December 2, 2011.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Rangoon, Burma, on December 2, 2011.


Thangboi Lunkim on July 11, 2020:

40 years ago and even today I like Tracy Huang songs. She is one of few Asian female singing English song of the time. Those were the days we pick up cassete from shop and would play in tape recorder and enjoy listening songs which is pretty much different from now. Her melodious voice bin the songs like Hello Darling Mississippi still echo in my ear.

jimmylim on April 30, 2020:

Wow...didn't know she has 51 albums to her name, I have only about half of it. Its time to look out for the rest but its going to cost alot now to acquire her records. Thanks Justin Choo for sharing these important informations and history on Tracy Huang.

David Shimray on March 30, 2020:

I wish she never grows old! She's 9 years older than me, but in my mind she is still in her early twenties! Common Taiwan, give another Tracy to the world.... on March 06, 2020:

Tracy is a God given angel.

Jason Douglas Wang on February 28, 2020:

"This article is specifically meant for a rather small group of Asians (especially Chinese) who do not read or understand Mandarin Chinese. " Haha, speaking directly to me here. Taiwan born but grew up in the States at an early age. Thank you for this article. My mom used to listen to this before she left this world.

ronie on August 18, 2019:

i love tracy since i was in my elementary grades since my brother who was then a seaman gave me her cassette tape record of songs... ive searched for her identity (the singer) since then and now i i am very listening more of her songs...i love hermuch...i am a filipina

Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on August 10, 2019:

Hi William, Yes she is fantastic. Thanks for your comment.

William Parente on August 07, 2019:

I first heard a song by Tracy Huang 40 years ago in the restaurant of the Hotel Negara in Singapore. I went right out to Peter Chew’s on Orchard Road and bought what was likely a pirated tape of her songs. I still have that audio cassette and still play it today. She is fantastic. I like her song versions better than the original artists.

lawrencelee on June 10, 2019:

Tracy's songs are so amazing, feelings with touch of love and gratitude, inspiration vocal voice.

Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on February 17, 2019:

Hi Sam,

Thank you for the information.

EDWARD MAKSYMOWICZ from Poland on March 19, 2017:

I purchased cassettes with Tracy songs in Kuwait, in 1981. I instantly fall in love with her. It's pity that she remains practically unknown here in Poland, and perhaps in Europe. Even now in 2017, at the age of 77, I listen to her voice with great pleasure.

Vitus Owen on February 09, 2017:

I am from Shillong India. Loved Tracy's songs the first time I heard since the 1980s and loving till now. Feels great to listen to her chinese songs though I could not understand a word, the music was lovely. Loved Teresa Teng too . Thanks for the articles...

David V on December 02, 2015:

I love Tracy and her music. The article fails to mention that her voice back in the 1970s and 80s was almost identical to Olivia Newton-John's and that Tracy covered many of Olivia's songs as well.

Tanvir Wahid on March 14, 2015:

I Love Tracy Huang... Her songs makes me falling love with her

Jeff Brown on January 15, 2015:

Awesome and Beautiful lady, Tracy Huang!

Shasta on July 08, 2014:

I looke for the audio CD " SAYONARA - Tracy Huang this song come from the 1957 Movie starr Marlon Brando. Let me know how can I buy this song? Thank you

At Tak on May 25, 2014:

Listening to Tracy's songs brought back many fond memories. Miss u!

Augie Arambulo on March 24, 2014:

first time I heard Tracy in 1979 at Riyadh, K.S.A. working at Saudi Tel. I hope she will perform here in Las Vegas !

Sari Bundo on January 11, 2014:

I just want to add to Alex's comment from 2 weeks ago: Both Aungsan Su Ki and Teresa Teng have been jailed. Tracy was used by PM Lee Kuan Yew to promote Mandarin in Singapore and was successful in doing so. Tracu=y was actually the founder of Mandopop.

Gede Suparna on January 09, 2014:

Tracy is the only singer that has a natural 3 octave voice. She can start with her whispering low voice and then hit all the high notes without efforts. He voice is so clear, like the clear spring water.... I love you Tracy....

Alec Kenneth on December 23, 2013:

Excellent article about Tracy Huang except for 2 things, i.e. comparing her with:

1-Aung San Su Ki: Good thing you admitted your eyesight is not good! Tracy is not only better looking but also a very refined lady.

2- Teresa Teng: Well, Teng is gone, mainly due to her undesirable lifestyle. Tracy is still around and still very ladylike....

Noel Dum on November 11, 2013:

I loved her songs especially' Hello darling and I love how you love me" since I was a college student. May God bless her and her family.

Audrey on August 20, 2013:

I love Tracy Huang - I've loved her voice since I was a little girl and guess what? I'm Indian : ) My favourite song of hers is Kiss Me Goodbye (original version by Petula Clark but I loved Tracy's version most!).

Hope you're well Tracy : )

Beauty on May 29, 2013:

I love Tracy! Thanks for this post. There are stuff I didn't know :)

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