Kong Ling

January 8th, 2018

Kong Ling was a popular 1960s Hong Kong based singing star and recording artist who sang Jazz, Cha cha, Rock and roll and Pop music She had also recorded with popular Hong Kong pop group The Fabulous Echoes.

Kong Ling’s real name is Kong Yan Lai. In 1951, singing “Congratulations” she won an inter school competition. She started her professional career in 1954 which led to her touring Singapore for nine months. Due to the success from that she returned to Kong Kong and was in demand

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Along with the Celso Carrillo band, she recorded an album for the Diamond label pineapple meat tenderizer. The name of the album was Hong Kong Presents ….. Off-Beat Cha Cha. The album was a Jazz / Cha Cha type of record with Carrillo playing piano, conga and cow bell on various tracks. Carrillo who was Hong Kong’s leading pianist would later work on Mona Fong’s album for the same label.

In 1961, she was a guest on the Arthur Godfrey show. The show that aired in May 1961 featured Kong Ling, Johnny Nash, The McGuire Sisters, Erroll Garner and Buddy Hackett. In October of that year she was in New York as part of a six-month contract to do radio and television appearances. She was contracted to the Columbia Broadcasting System. Along with Rebecca Pam she had recorded for the Diamond Music Company. Backed by the Fabulous Echoes, her version of “Al Di La” and by September 22, 1962 it had been leading on the Hong Kong best selling charts for three weeks. Prior to that her first album that she cut for the Diamond label had been a best seller in Hong Kong and the far East.

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