Rose, Rose, I Love You singer Yao Lee dies at age 96

Rose, Rose, I Love You singer Yao Lee has died at age 96.

Yao, who died last Friday (July 19), first made her name in Shanghai during the 1940s.

While another of her hits was featured in 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, it is Rose, Rose, I Love You with which she is most identified with for many fans.

The song was originally titled Mei Gui, Mei Gui, Wo Ai Ni (1940) with a 1951 cover version by American Frankie Laine opting for the Rose name to go with the English lyrics.

Yao, who started singing at 13, continued her career in Hong Kong after pop music was frowned upon by the communists after they took over mainland China in 1949.

In the 1970s, she was also tapped by EMI Music Hong Kong to scout for talent though she reportedly could not convince Taiwan singer Teresa Teng to come on board.

On Weibo, Lee’s death was described as the end of a great Shanghai music era, when she and fellow singer Zhou Xuan reigned.

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