The official Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) thread

李宗盛, also known as Jonathan Lee, is known as the Godfather of Taiwan pop who left his legacy on the island’s pop music during the later 1980s through 1990s. A household name in Taiwan, he wrote popular hits for veteran singers and lesser-known artists alike. He’s also one of those composers who sings his own songs. Pretty much everyone in Taiwan knows who he is :slight_smile: Anyways I love his music. He blends aesthetics with meaningful lyrics. But unlike his predecessor Luo Dayou, he avoids infusing political commentary in his songs. It’s all about the art.

Songs grouped by singer that he wrote the melody and lyrics for:

趙傳 - Chao Chuan
[ul][li]我是一隻小小鳥 wǒ shì yī zhī xiǎoxiǎo niǎo[/li]
[li]我終於失去了妳 wǒ zhōngyú shīqùle nǐ[/li]
[li]愛要怎麼說出口 ài yào zěnme shuōchū kǒu[/li][/ul]

辛曉琪 - Winnie Hsin
[ul][li]領悟 Lǐngwù[/li][/ul]

陳淑樺 - Sarah Chen
[ul][li]夢醒時分 mèng xǐng shífèn[/li]
[li]你走你的路 nǐ zǒu nǐ de lù[/li]
[li]那一夜你喝了酒 nǎ yī yè nǐ hēle jiǔ[/li]
[li]這樣愛你對不對. zhèyàng ài nǐ duì bùduì[/li]
[li]笑紅塵 (melody only) xiào hóngchén [/li][/ul]

張艾嘉 - Sylvia Chang
[ul][li]愛的代價 ài de dàijià[/li]
[li]忙與盲 máng yǔ máng[/li]
[li]因為寂寞 yīnwèi jìmò[/li][/ul]

張信哲 - Jeff Chang
[ul][li]别怕我傷心[/li]
[li]愛如潮水 (lyrics only)[/li][/ul]

潘越雲 - Michelle Pan
[ul][li]舊愛新歡[/li]
[li]鎖上記憶 (melody only)[/li][/ul]

林憶蓮 - Sandy Lam
[ul][li]Theme song from Farewell my Concubine: 當愛已成往事[/li]
[li]傷痕 [/li]
[li]為你我受冷風吹[/li]
[li]不必在乎我是誰[/li][/ul]

蔡琴 - Tsai Chin
[ul][li]油麻菜籽[/li][/ul]

蘇慧倫 - Tarcy Su
[ul][li]我一個人住 [/li][/ul]

周華健、成龍、黃耀明、李宗盛
[ul][li]真心英雄[/li][/ul]

周華健 - Wakin Chau
[ul][li]有沒有一首歌會讓你想起我[/li][/ul]

Super Band
[ul][li]給自己的歌[/li][/ul]

Jackie Chan
[ul][li]壯志在我胸[/li][/ul]

Sung by Jonathan Lee himself
[ul][li]鬼迷心竅 Guǐmí xīnqiào[/li]
[li]凡人歌 Fánrén gē[/li]
[li]陰天 Yīntiān[/li]
[li]十七歲女生的溫柔 Shíqī suì nǚshēng de wēnróu[/li]
[li]我是真的愛你 Wǒ shì zhēn de ài nǐ[/li]
[li]希望 Xīwàng[/li]
[li]寂寞難耐 Jìmò nánnài [/li]
[li]愛情少尉 Àiqíng shàowèi[/li]
[li]和自己賽跑的人 Hé zìjǐ sàipǎo de rén[/li][/ul]

Superb thread. You like writing songs or aware of songwriting stuff? How about performing?

Here’s another song written by Jonathan Lee.
愛似流星 sung by 楊紫瓊 (Michelle Yeoh)

Aiya, how can a 李宗盛 list be complete without one of his early hits, 結束, a duet with 鄭怡:

And of course, the Cantonese cover, 還有, with 王傑 and 林憶蓮:

I met Jonathan Lee once in a studio. At that time I was recording a song of mine for a memorial album released by Rock Records for a nationwide song contest. He was the high-ranking officer with Rock Records. He dropped in by the console room, listened to my voice, and uttered only several words: “歌星生涯本是夢” [Gēxīng shēngyá běn shì mèng]. I was in the singing room, so I didn’t hear it. My friend was in the console room at that time and he told me about that. It was really insulting and discouraging for one who really wanted to be a singer, but, well, not for me, because I’ve never wanted to be a singer. Singing and songwriting is just my hobby. I’ll never live on that.

He was mean, but I think he was cool, for he was really insightful – I didn’t become a singer at final :laughing: He deserves being called Godfather of Taiwan’s pop music.

Jonathan Lee also wrote a song for 黃鶯鶯 (Tracy Huang): 寧願相信 (Nìngyuàn xiāngxìn)

She has a very beautiful voice. Heavenly and feminine. But then again, which 1980s Taiwan female singer doesn’t? :sunglasses: