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Giao Linh (real name: Do Thi Sinh, born:September 8, 1949) is a singer. She was dubbed “Nữ Hoàng Sầu Muộn” (The Queen of Sorrow), due to her style of singing, her choice of songs, and the melancholy in her voice.

A natural performer since her youth, Giao Linh began taking music lessons as a child. Despite her father’s disapproval, her mother secretly hired a teacher to teach young Giao Linh music. She joined Nguyen Ba Tong middle school’s entertainment group when she was 9 years old.

In 1966, representing Air Vietnam, Giao Linh won the gold medallion in the Kim Hoang entertainment contest. The following year, while under the tutelage of musician Nguyễn Văn Đông (of Chieu Mua Bien Gioi’s fame), she entered a singing contest at Quoc Thanh Theater. She was introduced as a bonafide singer on that day, and received great ovation from the audience. As she recalled, “I was so scared when people started to yell and made such a ruckus after I finished and went back stage. It was only later that the promoter came to tell me that they (the audience) liked my singing, and they wanted an encore”.

Giao Linh appeared on Vietnamese television for the first time in 1969., which brought her instant stardom. Giao Linh made famous such songs as Lòng Mẹ, Mùa Sao Sáng, Tiếng xưa, Màu Tím Pensée and Những Đốm Mắt Hoa Châu.

Giao Linh left Vietnam in 1982 and resettled in San Jose.

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