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Li Tai-hsiang, composer of Olive Tree and other hits, dies at age 72

Published on Jan 3, 2014 5:56 PM
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Li Tai-hsiang (above), the Taiwanese composer of the plaintive Olive Tree and other songs at the peak of the 1970s folk era in Mandarin pop, died on Thursday, Jan 2, 2014, after a 25-year battle with Parkinson's disease, said China Times. -- FILE PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Taipei - Li Tai-hsiang, the Taiwanese composer of the plaintive Olive Tree and other songs at the peak of the 1970s folk era in Mandarin pop, died on Thursday after a 25-year battle with Parkinson's disease, said China Times. He was 72.

He died in Taipei Tzu Chi General Hospital in Xindian, northern Taiwan. The cause of death was multiple organ failure, said the report.

Li, who was born to the Amis aboriginal tribe in Taichung on Feb 20, 1941, spoke of his compositions as his children and said Olive Tree was the best of them, reported United Daily News.

The ethereal wanderer's song, which became famous when it was performed by his protege, Chyi Yu, was notoriously hard to sing, said the report. Chyi once confessed to a critic: "Every time I sing this song, I'm nervous."

 
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