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February 25, 2018

Sam Hui (许冠杰) Mahjong (麻將) Song - a humorous reflection on the plight of harsh working life for middle and lower class in Hong Kong


Samuel Hui Koon-kit, usually known as Sam Hui, is best known for being a star in the Cantopop and movie industry in Hong Kong's from the 1960s to 1990s. He was born on 6 September 1948. He graduated from the Arts Faculty of University of Hong Kong, Ying Wa College and St Francis Xavier's College in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He and his brothers Michael and Ricky made several comedy blockbusters in the 1970s. He is also acknowledged for popularising Cantopop, by incorporating the then unknown idiosyncrasies of Western popular music into the Cantopop genre.


Samuel Hui Koon-kit
Chinese name 許冠傑 (Traditional)
Chinese name 许冠杰 (Simplified)
Pinyin Xǔ Guàn jié (Mandarin)
Jyutping heoi2 gun3 git6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Samuel (Sam) Hui
Ancestry Panyu(Now Canton),
Origin Hong Kong
Born 6 September 1948 (1948-09-06) (age 61)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) God of Songs (歌神), Sam哥
Occupation Singer, Actor, composer, songwriter
Genre(s) Cantopop, Hong Kong English pop
Instrument(s) Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Piano, Violin, Harmonica, drums
Years active 1967 1992, 2003 - present
Associated acts The Lotus
Spouse(s) Rebecca Fleming (Rebu Hui)
Children Ryan Hui and Scott Hui
Parents Lee See Wun (Mother), Hui Sai Cheung (Father)

Discography
He started his career as a host to a youth music TV show on TVB. At the time, he was the lead musician of his band named The Lotus. In the early years of his career, he sang Western songs from Britain and the U.S. However, he began singing Cantonese songs when he wrote the theme songs for the comedies produced by his brother Michael Hui.
His music appealed to the Hong Kong masses particularly the working class with its simple lyrics and light-heated nature which was popular in Hong Kong music in the late 1970s. One of his most popular song during the mid 70's was the theme song to the movie "The Private Eyes". It was a humorous reflection on the plight of harsh working life for middle and lower class in Hong Kong.

Cantonese Albums: * 鬼馬雙星 (1974) * 天才與白痴 (1975) * 半斤八兩 (1976) * 財神到 (1978) * 賣身契 (1978) * 79夏日之歌集 (1979) * 念奴嬌 (1980) * 摩登保鑣 (1981) * 最佳拍檔 (1982) * 最佳拍檔大顯神通 (1983) * 新的開始 (1983.12) * 最喜歡你 (1984.08) * 最緊要好玩 (1985.08.30) * 熱力之冠 (1986.08) * 宇宙無限 (1986.12, EP) * 潮流興夾Band (1987) * 許冠傑新曲與精選 (1987) * Sam and Friends (1988) * 許冠傑89歌集 (1989) * 香港情懷90 (1990) * 90電影金曲精選 (1990) * 歌神與您繼續微笑(04) (2004.06.01) * 人生多麼好 (2007)

English Albums: * Time of The Season (1971) * Morning After (1974) * Interlude (1975) * Came Travelling (1977)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Hui

Mahjong (麻將) is a game for four players that originated in China. It was called (麻雀), meaning sparrow in ancient China, which is still the name most commonly used in some southern Chinese dialects such as Cantonese and Minnan, as well as in Japanese. However, most Mandarin-speaking Chinese now call the game má jiàng (麻將).

Mahjong involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck (depending on the variation played, luck can be anything from a minor to a dominant factor in winning). In Asia, mahjong is also popularly played as a gambling game. In the game, each player is dealt either thirteen or sixteen tiles in a hand, depending on the variation being played. On their turn, players draw a tile and discard one, with the goal of making four or five melds (also depending on the variation) and one pair, or "head". Winning comes "on the draw" by drawing a new or discarded tile that completes the hand. Thus, a winning hand actually contains fourteen (or seventeen) tiles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahjong