Mickey Mouse

Haishan Records released many of Taiwan’s biggest pop stars of the 1960s and 1970s but started off life pressing pirate copies of western acts for sale to troops stationed in the region after the Korean war. This album dates from 1973 (Tseng was 20 at the time) and is by local Hong Kong singer Jenny Tseng. It is apparently what is known as Mandopop, or Mandarin-Chinese language popular music.
It would be interesting to know how this album (the title is Chinese and translates as Wonderful Love (Believe It Or Not)) ended up in a charity shop in the UK but the strange cover drew me to it. The photograph is seemingly cut out (poorly) from a magazine source, with Tseng clutching a Mickey Mouse scrapbook, though it might just be poor half tone screening at the repro house! To this image has been painted the headband, ears and tiny wings.
All Tseng’s other records are fairly standard photo shoots so what inspired this we may never know. Although she eventually moved to America to live she does plays shows everywhere still, and sold out four nights in Hong Kong Stadium not long ago.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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1 Response to Mickey Mouse

  1. No expense was expended on that cover, certainly.

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