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The Pearl Sisters 펄씨스터즈

pearl-sisters-1971.jpgIn the late 1960s and early 1970s the Pearl Sisters were fairly popular, partly because they had the genius of composer – and Korea’s granddaddy of Rock ‘n Roll – Shin Chunghyŏn (of Add 4 fame) behind them, but also because they looked much better than the competition and were often duly complimented on their legs. The album ‘My Dear’ (Nima; 1968), named after their best selling song, also included the hit ‘A Cup ofpearl-sisters-nima-1968.jpg Coffee’ (커피한잔). Other albums were called ‘First Love’ (Ch’ŏt sarang; Shinsegi Records 1969), and ‘Goodbye Rain’ (비 안녕; 1970). The whole concept of the duo was, of course, not new, and had been introduced by actress/singer Yi Nanyŏng during the Korean War by letting her teenage daughters perform as the Kim Sisters chigu-pearl-sisters-1970.jpg(and, later, her sons as the Kim Brothers). It was Pae Insun who picked up on the idea and after winning a contest at a quintessential 8th-Army show stage managed to enthuse her sister Insuk to form a duo. One problem remained: their talent lay primarily in their presentation, which is why Master Lee was one of their biggest fans (he pearl.jpghimself always getting credit for having great talent, but failing to make busting up a hundred opponents in 5 minutes look pretty).pearl-sisters.jpg In the mid 1970s the sisters could no longer stand each other, and split. Sue Kim of the Kim Sisters told Master Lee that they got in touch with her at some point, hoping to make it in the US as well, but to be frank, they never had any real talent beyond that wicked leg and hip action that makes even Master Lee’s heart pound a little faster (up to 1 beat a minute). Here is a website from a fan with more detailed information on the records and sounds of the Pearl Sisters. And here’s one with more information on both Shin Chunghyŏn and the Pearl Sisters. But of course we all want to SEE the Pearl Sisters, so here goes nothin’ (enjoy!): In 2003 Pae Insun published a book detailing her marriage to and divorce from her selfish and promiscuous tycoon-husband Ch’oe Wônsuk (of Dongah Construction Industrial Co.). Ch’oe’s company fell into debt as a result of the economic financial crisis in 1997 and has reportedly so far failed to become solvent again. He does, of course, still deserve an ass-kicking by Master Lee.

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3 Comments»

  Hal Bower wrote @

Good comments, and thanks for the link to my old site. I enjoyed the youtube video of the Pearl Sisters, but the audio was very bad. I am still manually removing the noise from my vinyl records to listen to the clean songs again.

  masterlymasterlee wrote @

Dear Hal,

And thank YOU for posting all that wonderful stuff on your old site. If we ever come across more stuff on the Sisters, Master Lee will certainly prompt us to post it immediately (he has a soft spot – one of very few – for the sisters, see…) 🙂

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