Multi-talented Dick Lee has firmly established himself as a performer and composer, often recognised through his works as the spokesperson for the New Asian generation.
The Dick Lee phenomenon started in 1971 when, at age 15, Dick participated in various talent contests with the group, Harmony, and Dick and the Gang (teaming with his siblings). His first album, LIFE STORY, feauring his own compositions, was released in 1974.
Throughout the 70s and 80s, Dick championed the inclusion of Asian elements in pop music. His pioneering album, LIFE IN THE LION CITY (1984), won acclaim for just that but the album that shot him to regional prominence was his 1989 release, THE MAD CHINAMAN, which achieved platinum status in Singapore for 3 months.
In 1990 Dick moved to Japan where he continued to develop the new Asian identity through his solo work, as well as collaborate with top Asian artistes like Sandy Lam from Hong Kong and Japanese group Zoo. He has to date, written countless songs for the top singing talents in Asia including Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Anita Mui, Miyazawa of the Boom and Stephanie Sun amongst others.
The song he is proudest of writing is one of Singapore’s most popular national songs, HOME, composed in 1997, and sung by all Singaporeans to this day, being unofficially chosen as the song that represents Singapore most. Besides HOME, Dick has written two other songs for National Day: WE WILL GET THERE, and SG50’s signature song, OUR SINGAPORE.
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