Playing tracks by
Joseph Koo vs Lalo Shifrin, Alan Tam (譚詠麟 Tam Wing-lun), Anita Mui (梅艷芳 Mui Yim-fong), Sandy Lam (林憶蓮 Lam Yik-lin), Shirley Kwan (關淑怡 Kwan Suk-yee) and more.
Music in Hong Kong in the 1960s was mostly a choice between Chinese folk, and western pop and rock from the likes of the Beatles, the Carpenters, and such like. Then, in the 70s, the advent of what was to be termed 'Cantopop', Cantonese language songs, mostly written for the burgeoning TV and film industry of the city, brought new stars and crossovers from traditional Chinese music and opera, to the popular market.
Most songs were still strongly influenced by pop and folk, as ballads or mid-tempo two-step, however the end of the 70s saw the birth of music for a younger generation, 'late boomers', which demanded dance music like the disco, synth pop, and hi-nrg of the West. Many of the songs were covers of Western hits, but there was creativity and showmanship among the talent as well, and this created new idols, leading to the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop, and more Queens than you could shake a sceptre at.
Here are just some of the hot tunes Hong Kong Beat played back then.