Teresa Teng’s first album had been sitting around in my room for almost five years before I decided to sell it this spring. Bought in a stack of about 40 chinese records from a thrift store in Montreal-Nord. Teng quit high school to help support her father and started to gain fame with a performance of a famous song from a Shaw Brothers movie at a contest. She recorded in a number of languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, English, Japanese and Indonesian. Even though a major singing star in Japan, she was deported from that country in 1979 for having entered with a fake Indonesian passport, allegedly purchased for $20,000. Teng died quite young of an asthma attack in Thailand. At her grave in Taipei there apparently is a giant electronic keyboard that one can bang out her hits with their feet.
Location: Village des Valeurs, Henri-Bourassa