Exerpted from full article in Rhythm Magazine:
In this day and age, it's hard to find someone who is
sexy, talented, and charismatic; in fact, in this day
and age, it's even harder to believe that someone who
possessed all those qualities is no longer with us.
Roman Tam, the beloved "Godfather of Cantopop" passed
away in October 2002, leaving many fans to wonder if
someone will ever make an impact on Cantopop as the
famous "Law Man."
Roman Tam seized the Hong Kong music scene by storm in the '70s. Ahead of his time, Roman was often decked out in shiny costumes and
colorful shoes, and moved his body in ways that left the audience swayed. Roman Tam was not
embraced by all, but those that did loved him for what he did. He was characterized by a
flamboyant style. On stage, he was posh and always swank. It ultimately paved the way for artists like Leslie
Cheung, who want to mimic the lusciousness and richness of the way Roman Tam handled
himself. When in front of an audience, Roman Tam lights up. You can always count on seeing something
As one of the most famous singers in Hong Kong, Roman
Tam was a role model and a cultural icon for past and
future generations. He was the first to dress in
drag, the first to pose nude, and the first to win
many awards in the Hong Kong music industry. He was
always willing to come out of retirement to help a
charity or give invaluable advice to a music industry
novice, his death left a gaping hole in the hearts of
Cantopop fans around the world. Read More
"The Godfather of the Hong Kong music industry" - Associated Press
"Hong Kong's closest thing to Frank Sinatra" - The Wall Street Journal
See what listeners have to say about this artist:
Anonymous on August 30, 2004
He was the best artist i ever know.
To Roman Tam!
Anonymous on June 13, 2004
Roman Tam was a best singer in the world. I can't believe he had gone for it, and all of his fan who had miss him alot like Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung, and Danny Chan. Those singer are the best in the world and they will always remember them and never forget them like Roman Tam.
A good singer
Anonymous on May 31, 2004
I liked his vocal and high notes. I missed his uniqueness and his devotion to the musical business.
BEST OF BEST
kc from Singapore on May 7, 2004
Roman,you are the best! Love & miss you forever.
Pillar of Strength for HK people
Kwong from Canada on March 19, 2004
I haven't cried for a long time, but when Roman died, I shed my proud man tears. Because he was such a pillar of strength not only to me, but to the collective spirit of us HK people. His loss was truly a loss for HK.
Roman's passion for life, bravery,strenght and optimism when faced with the challenges of life has inspired countless HK people. I hope his spirit can always remain to encourage us in this shaky world today.