The Chinese version was titled "Meigui meigui wo ai ni ".
How did this song come about?
Well, I am not an expert on the origins of songs but from what I have uncovered so far the traditional Chinese folk song appeared in or about 1940...music by Chen Gexin.
The English version very popular during that period was said to be directly inspired by one of the most colourful and famous caberet performers of her days...the eponymous ROSE CHAN.
Today, we may ask ,'who can remember Rose Chan? '.
But in my father's day the question was, ' Who can forget Rose Chan?'.
Page 17 from my 4 decade old handwritten songbook.
The younger generation may never have known who or what Rose Chan was. Well, let me just say she was the most sensational dancer, cabaret performer and later striptease queen bar none...throughout the length and breadth of Malaya and Singapore. Her striptease act was originally not part of her performing routine. It came accidentally. But what an accident!
She was performing a dance routine to the tune of Mambo No: 5 at the Majestic Theatre, Ipoh in 1952. While shaking and twisting too vigorously, her bra snapped and her natural assets were exposed to the audience....who went bonkers and screamed wildly and clapped non-stop.
The realisation sanked in afterwards. And she began to incorporate some new striptease routines to her act. In a later interview Rose Chan revealed, " here I dance all night and sweat so much and nobody claps. My bra breaks and they clap! ".
This English version comes with Karaoke lyrics. There is an error in the line
"perfumed flowers in your treasures ( should be " in your tresses" ).
Many well-known singers and orchestras have recorded the song including The Quests, Matthew and the Mandarins,Anita Mui, Teresa Teng, Petula Clark, Frank Chacksfield Orchestra..and more. But the one old timers like myself and others will remember is likely that version that was first belted out from many jukeboxes and sung by Frankie Laine.
This Chinese version is worth seeing. It has snapshots and images of that nostalgic era.
In part 2 of the same subject I will include an original news clipping about Rose Chan,
and about the musicals staged about her and the movie being made currently.Reminder:
Before you click on the Youtube play arrow to listen...do remember to click on the "pause" or 'stop' button on my Jango jukebox which runs automatically when the volume and speaker is on. Otherwise you will get a jumble mixture of double sounds.