Wednesday, November 6, 2013

thepphon phetubon: kong khao noi kha mae

artist: เทพพร เพชรอุบล (thepphon phetubon)
album: ก่องข้าวน้อยฆ่าแม่ (kong khao noi kha mae)
01. ก่องข้าวน้อยฆ่าแม่ 1 (kong khao noi kha mae 1)
02. ก่องข้าวน้อยฆ่าแม่ 2 (kong khao noi kha mae 2)
03. คนเร่หนัง (khon re nang)
04. อีสานบ้านเฮา (isan ban hao)
05. ศรีธนหลงป่า (si thon long pa)
06. เลิกเป็นลูกจ้าง (loek pen luk chang)
07. ทหารม้าลาเมีย (thahan ma la mia)
08. ของแซบอีสาน (khong saep isan)
09. ส่งใจไปกันฟ้า (song chai pai kan fa)
10. หนุ่มนาสาบาน (num nasa ban)
11. ของดีบ้านเฮา (khong di ban hao)
12. สงกรานต์บ้านนา (songkran ban na)

today i bring sad word that we recently lost the great thepphon phetubon, who passed away on october 22nd. thepphon, as his stage name suggests, was born & raised in thailand's ubon ratchathani province. he attended college in bangkok, but left after 2 years with dreams of becoming a luk thung star like his idol, phon phirom. he returned home to ubon and landed a radio job with nophadon duangphon, then was picked up by phiphat boribun to join saksi siakson's band. in addition to his role as singer, thepphon was selected to transcribe songbooks for the group, because of his beautiful handwriting. through this task, he was able to study the art of composition (which would come to serve him especially well after the loss of his voice in the 80's). when saksi's band broke up, thepphon worked and performed (playing sax & accordion) around the u.s. air force base in ubon, before breaking into the molam scene under the guidance of impresario thepphabut satirotchomphu¹. while his songwriting for star saksiam phetchomphu brought him renown, he was slow to land a hit as singer, until his song "khit hot ai nae doe (please think of me)" became a national farewell anthem as radio djs resigned en masse in protest of severe censorship resulting from the 1971 coup². here's one last farewell to the late great thepphon!



Timmy said...

this is a great posting. Thanx........!

Nik said...

Sad to read about his recent passing, I traveled around SE Asia last spring and at the time listened extensively to these two collections (I think) of absolutely incredible stuff from this man. Everyone I have played it to are blown away. If nothing else, let's hope for a broader global appreciation of this talent after his passing. Would you know if any of his original albums have had proper reissues in Thailand?

Nik said...

And thank you so very much for this upload, I do recognise a few of the songs from these collections I have. Is this a soundtrack?