Cho Yong-pil

Updated: Feb 21

Whenever asked to guess the name of the singer with his nicknames "the King of Singers (가왕)" or "Korea's greatest singer (국민가수)", most Koreans easily figure out the answer in a New York minute.

Cho Yong-pil, 69 years old, has been loved by many Koreans regardless of their age for his hit songs from the 70s and 80s such as "Come Back to Busan Port", "The Woman outside the Window", "Can't Find the Oriole" that are still frequently played on TV and radio. (It is estimated that he has sold more than 20 million records since his debut in 1976; the highest record of all Korean singers as of 2019.)

In addition, his successful comeback in 2013 with Maroon 5-like pop-band tracks "Hello" and "Bounce"--topping Korean music charts--has proven his superior musicality and Korea's ongoing love for his voice again; even after his long hiatus since the early 90s.

Familiar yet unique, his voice still makes Koreans "bounce".

The Asians