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Elvis Phương (real name Phạm Ngọc Phương, born 1st February in Binh Duong, Vietnam) has been one of the most popular singers among the Vietnamese-American community, and to many other Vietnamese all over the world, for the past 40 years.
Loved music since he was 6 years of age, Elvis learned to sing by listening to the records or tapes of foreign singers, especially Elvis Presley, after whom he selected his stage name. When he was 17 or 18 years old, against his father wishes, Elvis Phương chose to stay in Vietnam to pursue a career in singing instead of going to France for an education.
His first public appearance was in 1962 at Regina Pacis high school’s open house where he sang Nua dem ngoai pho and O’ Cangaceiro. The first band that he worked with was the Rockin’ Stars, a popular Vietnamese band during the early 60s. In subsequent years, he also collaborated with other famous bands such as Les Vampires and Phuong Hoang. In 1968, Mr Ngoc Chanh of Shotguns Productions produced Elvis Phương’s first album titled Shotguns 26: Tieng Hat Elvis Phương. In 1977, Elvis Phương’s musical journey took him by storm with the first album produced overseas titled Hat Cho Nguoi Vuot Bien. Since then, Elvis Phương has recorded many tapes and CDs and appeared in many videos. Elvis Phương and his wife, Phan Le Hoa, established their own company, EP Productions in Cerritos, Southern California.
Elvis Phương is a strong and surprisingly versatile singer. He covers a wide range of styles such as Rock n’ Roll, Pop, Folk, Pre-War, Post-War, ballad, lyrical homeland songs, etc. His name is associated with hits such as Vet Thu Tren Lung Ngua Hoang, Ao Em Sut Chi Duong Ta, Dan Ba, Dem Nho Ve SaiGon, etc.
Just when the listeners began to speculate about his absent from the Vietnamese music scene, Elvis Phương made a comeback with the recently released album and video titled “Ta On Doi, Ta On Nguoi”. Ta On Doi - Ta On Nguoi was made in Vietnam to portray his 35 years career as a singer. His diversified talent is manifested on this video, a collection of gems that were displayed through the lyrical and musical terrain of Rock’n’Roll (Blue Suede Shoes), Folk (Tat Nuoc Dau Dinh, Qua Cau Gio Bay) and romantic ballads - in Vietnamese, English and French (Thuong Nhau Ngay Mua, Giot Nang Ben Them, Unchained Melody, Aline, Ma Vie etc.). Elvis Phương, Phan Le Hoa and the crew from Kim Loi Productions traveled throughout the North, Central and South Viet Nam to locate the appropriate scenes for the video.
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