TAIPEI • Taiwanese crooner Fei Yu-ching's concert tour next year will be his swansong.
He announced yesterday via a handwritten note that he will be retiring after 46 years in show business.
The 63-year-old, whose real name is Chang Yen-ting, will be holding five concerts in Taipei and Kaohsiung in February and May next year.
In the note, Fei wrote that due to the support and love from fans and the media since his singing debut at the age of 17, he has been very happy and fortunate to turn his passion into a career.
However, he added: "Over the years, I have been forging fast ahead in order to reach a higher level, but I have also neglected to enjoy the scenery along the way."
He said he lost his sense of belonging after his parents died.
His father, Chang Wu-hsi, died at the age of 96 in September last year. The singer missed his father's final moments as he was performing in China.
Fei added that without their concern and presence to share his moments, the glittering lights of the stage and the applause have not been able to fill his sense of loss.
"I know that it is time for me to stop. I can learn to enjoy life calmly only after I stop," he wrote.
He hopes to live a carefree life and tend to his plants after retirement.
Best known for his mellifluous voice as well as soulful rendition of songs such as A Spray of Plum Blossoms and Good Night Song, he gained popularity in the late 1970s for performing several television drama serials' theme songs.
He is also known for cracking jokes on stage and impersonating other singers for their singing styles and stage demeanour.
In 2006, he endeared himself to younger pop fans with his collaboration with Mandopop king Jay Chou on the hit ballad Faraway.
His brother Chang Fei is a singer and television personality best known for hosting the variety show Variety Big Brother.