My Family History

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                                                     Thái Thanh            August 5, 1934 -  March 17, 2020

Thái Thanh was born Phạm Thị Băng Thanh on August 5, 1934 in Bach Mai,Hanoi, the youngest of 5 children. She began her career when she was 14 years old, when she joined the music group, Thang Long. She had no formal music education, but learned singing from her informal knowledge of northern Vietnamese folk singing and French music books. In 1951, she migrated to South Vietnam with her older brother, Pham Dinh Chuong, and older sister, Thái Thanh, who was married to legendary Vietnamese composer Pham Duy.

Thái Thanh's singing skills and Pham Duy's composing skills were a perfect match. For over 20 years, Thái Thanh enjoyed great success. She had a unique style of singing which combined Tonkinese folk music, French popular music, and Western opera. Vietnam's first major singing star who became known as the Timeless Voice.  In 1956, Thái Thanh married film actor Lê Quỳnh. Their marriage lasted until 1965 and they had five children.

After 1975, the authorities repeatedly asked her to sing propaganda songs for the government, but she refused. Therefore, she was banned from concerts, television, radio etc for 10 years. She had all kinds of jobs from cleaning tables and chairs, to selling coffee on the sidewalk. In 1985, she emigrated and became part of the Vietnamese musical diaspora in Orange County, California. Her career prospered, and she collaborated with Diem Xua Productions, who release all of her studio albums from then on.

She performed at live shows for overseas Vietnamese audiences throughout North America, Australia and Europe, as well as appearing on several music videos for Thuy Nga Paris. She announced her retirement in 2002. Thái Thanh died on March 17, 2020, in Orange County. A true legend.