Filed under: South Korea
Most of Asia had an astonishing musical history throughout the 60s and 70s, producing mind boggling combinations of music that were the result of traditional and modern influences. And luckily, many of the fruits (i.e. – records) of these ‘chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter’ moments can readily found online. But of all of the countries of Asia, two drive me completely nuts – The Philippines and South Korea.
Both of these countries apparently got the worst music of the Western world. The Philippines got New Wave and South Korea got Heavy Metal. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loves me some cheesy synth pop or the occasional head banging… But the majority of what I see from both of these countries has been re-issues of stuff either like Gene Loves Jezebel or Helloween. Now both of these countries had amazing music histories, but finding copies of those records has been rough.
Kim Choo Ja (also seen as Kim Chu Ja and Kim Chooja) was born January 2nd, 1951. On her first album, she was backed up by Shin Joong Hyun (also seen as Shin Jung-hyeon and Shin Jung Hyun) and his band The Men. She went on to become one of the most popular vocalists of the 70s and recorded well into the late 80s. Unfortunately, I have not been able to translate her biography on her website (and online translators do very bizarre things with the Korean language).
Catalog number KLS-55 on Universal Record Co. of South Korea, released 1973.