My Family History

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                                                                         Lệ Thu    16 July 1943 -
Lệ Thu, real name Bui Thi Oanh, was born on July 16, 1943 in Hai Phong, but after a few months, her parents moved to Ha Dong, Hanoi. Her father was a provincial chief, so he moved frequently. Her mother gave birth to 8 children, but 4 died young. Le Thu's parents encouraged her to sing. Le Thu thought fate had given her "a career in singing", though she always dreamed of becoming a teacher. In 1953, her family to moved to Saigon. In 1959 during a visit to Bong Lai teahouse, her friends encouraged her to sing, and a career began.

In addition to the domestic songs, she sang alternatively American and French music when audiences requested. Gradually, Le Thu became famous for being an important singer of big discos in Saigon, such as Queen Bee, Freedom and Ritz. In 1968, Le Thu collaborated with Jo Marcel at Queen Bee dance hall. As well as singing every night, she also signed a recording contract for Jo Marcel, starting the most glamorous period of her singing life.

After 1975, Le Thu joined the Diamond Group to perform. Around 1978, Le Thu opened a coffee shop Thu Uyen on Phan Ton and Tan Dinh streets in collaboration with Thanh Lan and musician Le Van Thien. She flew to the top in her singing career but was unhappy in love. She married when she was 19 years old and the marriage quickly broke up after only 2 months. Another marriage also failed but 3 daughters, and 4 lovely, grandchildren kept her very happy as did her audiences. Le Thu has lived in southern California since 1980, releasing lots of music tapes and collaborating with major music centers in the United States. Each year she returns to Vietnam to perform once in about 2 months. Le Thu said that her life work was to sing to people.

Xin Còn Gọi Tên Nhau, Một Mai Em Đi                     Mat le cho nguoi                                     Giáng Ngọc (Live) | 1988

            Nguoi Tinh Khong Chan                             Xin còn gọi tên nhau                                  Thung lũng chim bay

               Thuyền Viễn Xứ Lệ                           Giọng Buồn Chơi Vơi Lệ                            Xin Còn Gọi Tên Nhau  1989