Lovely Van And Pretty Dung
:: Miss Phuong Dung - Dem Dong ::
:: Miss Phuong Dung - Nhung Buoc Chan Amtham ::
:: Miss Phuong Dung - Trang The ::
:: Miss Phuong Dung - Toi Dua Em Sang Song ::
:: Miss Phuoc Van - M'Amuser ::
:: Miss Phuoc Van - La Nuit ::
Greetings, and welcome to what has become one of my favorite albums of late, This is Saigon! Released by the 49th State Hawaii Record Company, a great little label that put out a lot of Polynesian music in the 50’s and early 60’s, it captures the enchanting performances of five female lounge singers from the nightclubs of Saigon. Some of the songs are in English, some in French, some in Vietnamese, and all of them make me want to sit back in a corner booth, sip bourbon, smoke a pack of Marlboro reds, and listen.
Two of the voices on the record are hauntingly gorgeous and consistently successful in turning me into a puddle. The first belongs to Phuong Dung, and I’ve put up all four contributions by her in Vietnamese. There’s no information about her included except that she was a nineteen-year-old student singing at the Tu Do, Olympia, and My Phung night spots at the time of the recording. The other belongs to Phuoc Van, a student who was “eighteen and single,” according to the copy, and sang at The Queen Bee, Olympic, and Eden Roc nightclubs. Her French contributions are included here.