Frances Yip 葉麗儀 上海灘 2012 Charity Concert for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation in Vancouver to Benefit Seniors & Women Services
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Frances Yip 葉麗儀 上海灘 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. 2012 Charity Concert in Vancouver to Benefit Seniors & Women Services. The Hong Kong-raised pop superstar performed a variety of Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese and English songs at The Centre in Vancouver, BC on Sep 22, 2012.
Frances Yip seems to have a fondness for movie songs in both English and Chinese. She even sang a few James Bond movie numbers such as Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, For Your Eyes Only etc. and plenty of classic Hollywood movie theme songs as well, including Over The Rainbow. According to her, that theme song from the 1939 production of The Wizard of Oz was the first tune that made her famous back in the early 1970s.
Her rendition of As Time Goes By (Casablanca) won her another round of applause from the audience that filled up the entire theatre with no seats unsold. All very well too, as the proceeds from the concert is to benefit the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation in Vancouver to be used for seniors and women services and programs.
The singer is almost a senior citizen herself as she was born on October 22, 1947. Soon, she joked, she would be able to ride the MTR (Hong Kong Subway) for an elderly fare of just $2 for all zones. But would she need to do that? She has homes in Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong and travels the world often for concerts and other reasons. Besides, she is probably rich enough to own not only a car but a Rolls Royce has she been inclined.
Perfectly bilingual, she often spoke in both English and English to explain jokes to a mixed audience and mentioned that last year the royalty earned from her most famous tune, The Bund or Shanghai Beach 上海灘 alone was a six-figure sum mainly from ringtone downloads, much of which came from China.
All that brought us back to that famous Hong Kong TVB TV-series theme song from Shanghai Beach that shot her to superstardom almost overnight. She delivered the tune with such a perfect tempo that made you wonder if anyone could ever improve on it.
Very well-known internationally, Frances Yip has performed in over 30 countries across five continents, in concerts and on television. She has recorded over 80 albums, participated in three feature films and appeared in stage musicals.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Frances Yip’s first Charity Concert for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.
Happy return, Frances!
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