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.

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Saturday, April 01, 2006 12:37:00 PM

Thanks! This stuff is great. I'm a total sucker for this kinda music. Have you heard of Chang Loo? I've heard a couple trax. I Thought they were great, but can't find squat about her. She's got a track on the Asian Takeaways comp. I've gotta buy "Kim Jung Mi-Now". Some old Korean Psych. She sings like Francoise Hardy. What I've heard kicks ass. There's an mp3 here. It's on the 2/22/06 post.    

Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:39:00 PM

Vietnamese blog reader here! It's too bad I can't really understand Vietnamese, but these are beautiful to listen to anyway.    

Friday, April 07, 2006 10:58:00 AM

more! more! more!
this is fantastic stuff.    

Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:21:00 PM

Phuong Dung later became a well-known singer during the South Vietnam era. She developed into a great (Southern) voice, noted for clarity. Some of her old recordings are downloadable from this site:

She left during the 1975 exodus for the US and didn't sing again until recently. Here's one of the newer performances:    

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 7:20:00 AM

About Phuong Dung, she has two daughters who happens to be singers. Phuong Vy and Hoang Ly but Phuong Vy(in her 20s) is more visible in the music industry. Phuong Dung is still singing and variety of Vietnamese musical shows and her daughter Phuong Vy is doing the same. At several occasions, they perform together at concert. Like the comment above, she's a well-known singer during the South Vietnam era.    

Monday, March 26, 2007 5:05:00 PM

I used to know Phuong Dung in VN where I taught her English.My Vietnamese name was Do Chi Le. I now am a Pediatrician in Washington State. I'd love to make contact w/her to relive old times.
Steve Shlafer

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