Dave Wang

For people with similar names, see David Wang and David Wong.
Dave Wang

Dave Wang performing in a China Shandong TV programme in 2012
Background information
Chinese name 王傑 (traditional)
Chinese name 王杰 (simplified)
Pinyin wang2 jie2 (Mandarin)
Jyutping wong4 git6 (Cantonese)
Birth name 王大為 (pinyin: wang2 da4 wei4)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1962-10-20) 20 October 1962
British Hong Kong
Other name(s) Wang Chieh, Wong Kit, Dave Wong
Occupation Singer, actor
Genre(s) Mandopop, Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, drums
Voice type(s) Tenor
Label(s) UFO Records/Warner Music
Pony Canyon
Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) 2nd wife: Virginia Mok Yee'man (1993-1997)
Children Daughter and son (Wong Shing'yuen/Wang Cheng Yuan)
Parents Wang Hap (father)
Ancestry Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Influenced by Dan Hill, John Lennon

Dave Wang (traditional Chinese: 王傑; simplified Chinese: 王杰; pinyin: Wáng Jié; Wade–Giles: Wong Kit; born 20 October 1962 in British Hong Kong) is a Taiwanese pop artist who was active in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His memorable hits include "一場遊戲一場夢" (A Game A Dream) and "幾分傷心幾分痴" (Bits of Sadness, Bits of Craze), "是否我真的一無所有" (Do I Really Have Nothing?), "誰明浪子心" (Who Can Understand A Loner's Heart?), "忘了你 忘了我" (Forget You Forget Me), and "安妮" (Annie).

Life and career

Wang was born in British Hong Kong,[1] as the son of a former Shaw Brothers actor, Wang Hap. He moved to Taiwan when he was 17. Before landing his first record deal in 1988, Wang wrote songs for other singers under pen-names such as "Little Grass" and "Northern Wind". He worked as a Tae Kwon Do instructor, ice-skating coach, taxi-driver, delivery-man, waiter, bartender, and cook. He also spent three years in the Taiwanese military to obtain a Taiwan ID card, despite holding a Hong Kong British passport. His first marriage ended when his wife at the time left him while he was serving in the military.

Wang released his Chinese debut album A Game A Dream (一場遊戲一場夢), which sold over 500,000-copies in December 1987, which was used as the theme song in the 1988 telemovie The Game They Call Sex. Another of his hits, "幾分傷心幾分痴" (Bits of Sadness, Bits of Craze), released in 1988, shares the melody and base music of "一場遊戲一場夢" (A Game A Dream) but sung in Cantonese with different lyrics. It was an insert song on Looking Back in Anger and the music video features Yin Szema.

He found success in Hong Kong during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many of his songs were used as the theme songs of popular TVB series. He is one of the few artists from Republic of China to break into the Hong Kong market, with four years of chart-topping record sales. He is likewise successful in other markets such as Malaysia, Singapore and mainland China.

Wang migrated to Canada in 1994, after his second marriage on 1 April 1993. He carried on releasing 2-Chinese albums a year until 1998. On 1 June 1996, It was moved to officially released a new Chinese album under a different label names Pony Canyon Taiwan, which ceased operations in Taiwan in late 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis. Altogether, he had released a total of five Mandarin albums in just a period of two years at Pony Canyon with notable hits like "I Love You (我愛你)".

On 1 January 1999, Wang made a comeback in the Hong Kong music industry and signed a recording contract with Emperor Entertainment Group. On 1 January 2000, the album Giving was released with a few new songs as well as remixes of his older classics. Following the success of this album, Wang held a major charity concert in late February of the same year at Hong Kong Coliseum in Hong Kong.

Two years later, he released his latest Cantonese album through called L'Amour et le Rêve (愛與夢). Around the same time, he participated in various movies including Jackie Chan's New Police Story (新警察故事).

He performed his first Beijing concert on 26 November 2004[2] and another in Xi'an on 16 September 2006. On 1 January 2007, he released his latest Mandarin album Goodbye Madman (別了瘋子); like his previous Mandarin album Regaining Consciousness (甦醒), it was not heavily promoted.

After his 10-year contract with EEG expired, Wang held his 'I am Back' Concert on 23 October 2009 at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

He held a series of world tour concerts from August to November 2010 in Beijing, Singapore and Tianjin. He stated during a television interview in July 2010 that he would retire from the music industry after the tour.[3] He then clarified in September that it was only song-writing that he would be leaving, after the completion of the album he was working on, and that he will still continue to perform in concerts.[4]

Musical style and output

His music and lyrics can be described as being melancholy and haunting in a blend of rock ballads and blues, which is attributed to his impoverished and tough upbringing. Wang is also an established songwriter, having written many of his most popular songs but also covers songs by other artists, both from Asia and other continents.[5]

To date, he has recorded 26 studio albums in Mandarin and 11 in Cantonese. In addition, numerous compilations of his popular songs have been released.






Mandarin albums

UFO Records
Pony Canyon
Emperor Entertainment Group

Cantonese albums

Warner Music Hong Kong
Emperor Entertainment Group

Compilation albums

Remastered albums

Concert albums



TV Serials



  1. Dave Wang interview on Be My Guest from TVB-1 on Channel 34 (Chinese)
  2. crienglish.com. Taiwan Singer Dave Wang Fulfills Dream in Beijing, News Guangdong, 29 November 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2007.
  3. Singer Dave Wang announces retirement from showbiz, Channel News Asia, 21 July 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  4. "I, Dave Wang, have nothing to hide!", Channel News Asia, 28 September 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  5. E.g. Chang Yu-sheng's "No Smoking Days"; Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch"

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