Biography of Tracy Huang, the Sultry Asian Diva
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. Tracy 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 in the '70s would not be able to resist buying her records and tapes. Tracy Huang excels with her individual style, elegance, and sophistication. This does not mean that she has limited female fans. Both males and females love 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 61 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 despite her age. To see is to believe. Take a look at the photo at the top! (Some unbelievers 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. Now, let's talk a little bit more about her career. Her Chinese name is Huang Yingying (黃鶯鶯). When she was in Singapore, starting her musical profession, she changed her Chinese name to Huang Luyi (黃露儀), and for her wider audience, Tracy Huang. Tracy 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 so 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 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 as compere for the popular Chinese Variety Show series. This set her meteoric rise in popularity in the Asian pop scene. Tracy 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 with 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 bestselling albums. Tracy also recorded on the Philips label. In the '80s, Tracy 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. It can still be affirmed that her position at the top still holds.
Tracy’s Popularity Continued Into the '90s and to 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”.
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. Tracy 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.