June 30,2006 17:54

Mona Fong - Mona Fong Meets Carding Cruz

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方逸華 (1931- ) ﹐原名為李夢蘭﹐洋名Mona﹐現為邵逸夫爵士的太太。1952年赴新加坡夜總會登台﹐並在彼邦灌錄首張唱片﹐她以演唱歐西歌曲著名﹐其後在香港也曾在鑽石唱片及百代出版歌曲﹐名曲有花月佳期﹑藍與黑等等。
雖然近年一些懷舊老歌精選常收錄她的國語曲目﹐但是60年代﹐她也曾在鑽石唱片旗下灌錄了一張全英語專輯 Mona Fong Meets Carding Cruz。歌曲的風格頗重國際都會的感覺﹐而且也具夜總會歌星氣派﹐從收錄的歌曲可見她演繹西洋歌曲非常自然又揮灑自如。

Mona Fong Meets Carding Cruz (年份不詳/Diamond) Track List:
01 Karoi Sakurambo 我要吻你
02 Bungawan Solo 梭羅河
03 Sailor 水手之歌
04 Romantica 羅曼迪卡
05 Green Grow The Lilacs 百合花
06 Millionaire 百萬富翁
07 I Gotta Love You 我需要愛你
08 Wooden Heart 長在我心上
09 Yie Lai Shan 夜來香
10 Look For A Star 找一顆星
11 Laredo 羅利多
12 Delilah 娣萊拉

以下轉載自唱片封套的資料﹕
Did you ever hitch your wagon to a star and find yourself soaring up and up into the wild blue yonder? Miss Mona Fong did, and we gravity-ruled Earthians down at the Diamond Music Company are certainly grateful because Miss Fong paused and descended from these mercurial heights long enough to cut this album for us.

Since Miss Fong is no ordinary singer, it was decided that we should not only have the best possible musical backing, but also good arrangements and unusual numbers. After you have heard this album, you will surely agree that the only word which adequately describes the Carding Cruz Band’s performance is “MAGNIFICENT”. Carding Cruz and his boys are well-known throughout the Far East, especially in Tokyo (where they recently concluded a successful six months tour) and in the Philippines where his band is acknowledged as the finest in the land.

Now we have the two essential substances for a chemical reaction. The charming songstress Miss Mona Fong and the wonderful Orchestra of Carding Cruz, add a catalyst in the form of our arranger. Celso Carrillo and the result is an explosive blend of music calculated to set every idle foot tapping. And the rhythm? Why, mainly “OFF-BEAT CHA CHA” of course! And for the spice, servings f several native oriental tunes, winningly chanted both in English and Mandarin by Miss Fong.

美艷歌星方逸華小姐﹐是百粵女兒而出生於春申江時﹐所以她除了有嬌艷如花的美貌之外﹐兼具了江南佳麗底溫婉嫵媚的風姿﹐由於她賦性喜愛音樂﹐年幼時便愛好唱歌﹐衹要碰到別人唱過的一首名曲﹐她便會朗朗上口﹐腔圓字正﹐使人不禁驚異於她底優秀的歌唱天才。

1952年秋間﹐那正是她底29年華﹐人既出落得標緻動人﹐歌也唱得甜潤嘹亮﹐當年就為一個旅行歌舞團所羅致﹐聘伊參加遠赴印尼演唱﹐初試啼聲﹐便已一鳴驚人﹐為當地的知音人士擊節讚賞。是年冬月﹐她又應邀轉道星加坡的歌壇主唱﹐因為她底歌聲情感充沛﹐而又賦性溫柔﹐深得人緣﹐所以每次登壇﹐都造成哄動的盛況﹐那邊的主事人以其叫座力特強﹐每次合約屆滿﹐例必慇勤挽留續約﹐如是者歷時三載﹐依然盛況不衰。

56年9月﹐她懷念久別的香江﹐鳥倦知還﹐回到太平山下﹐行裝甫卸﹐即為「銀寶石」餐廳所聘請﹐以其動人心弦的歌聲﹐實海角歌迷的耳福。其後曾聘請演唱於「麗池」﹑「都城」﹑「大華」等著名夜總會﹐享譽極隆﹐被譽為東方的「比蒂比芝」。在香港又曾多次在電視演唱﹐因此蒙娜 (她底小名) 之歌﹐更成為家傳戶曉﹐萬人傳誦。

57年她曾赴菲列賓首都馬尼拉及自由中國首都台北獻歌﹔58年轉赴澳洲﹐59年遠赴重洋﹐赴美洲大都市三藩市演唱﹐所至之處﹐無不克享盛譽。

蒙娜小姐有三種愛好﹕她最喜歡的當然是唱歌﹐蘭閨靜寂﹐她每喜以聽名曲 (唱片) 自娛﹐而閨中相伴的﹐便是與她寸步不離的愛犬﹐這善伺人意的小動物﹐常常偎依在她的懷抱中﹐同聆名曲﹐她也以牠為知音﹐愈加愛護。此外﹐她最愛旅行﹐常以萬里壯遊為開心快事﹐最近﹐她正計劃來一次環球性旅遊。

她的歌聲﹐韻味盎然﹐充溢著濃厚的情感﹐堪以使聽愛者的情緒﹐仿彿被牽引而成一縷柔絲﹐飛盪於一碧無垠的天際﹐悠然神往。本公司茲選定了她底最近最成功的OB嘖嘖舞曲及遠東名曲12首請她演唱﹐更配以名震遠東及東南亞的卡定古大樂隊伴奏﹐灌成此片集﹐真可以說是難能可貴盡善盡美的佳購了。



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