Hong Kong is a part of China that has produced a number of popular traditions, including a large part of what is known as Cantopop. Cantopop is a kind of pop music, sung in Cantonese.
There is also a long tradition of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is renowned in its field. Prior to the development of popular music in the 1960s, Hong Kong's musical output was dominated by Cantonese opera and some renditions of Western music by popular comedians. Prominent singers included Tang Kee-chan, Cheng Kuan-min, and Tam Ping-man. Imported music from Taiwan, the United States and United Kingdom was also popular.
From 1970s to 1990s, many popular Cantonese songs were TV theme songs. Normally, the theme songs are written in classical Chinese for programmes with an ancient background, and in colloquial Cantonese language for programmes based on modern life. One of the most well-known theme song stars was Roman Tam, he was respected for his perfect singing skills.
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