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Kim Hye-ja (Korean김혜자; Hanja金惠子; born February 28, 1938),[1][2] better known by her stage name Patti Kim (Korean패티 김), is a South Korean pop singer. She debuted in 1959 and "ruled the country's entertainment scene" in 1960s and 1970s.[3] She was the first South Korean singer to perform in Japan (following the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea), in Las Vegas, and on The Johnny Carson Show.[4] Kim retired in 2013.[5]

Patti Kim
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Patti Kim in 2012
Background information
Birth nameKim Hye-ja
Born (1938-02-28) February 28, 1938 (age 81)
Seoul, Japanese Korea
Years active1959–2013
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Hye-ja
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyecha


In 1959, one year after Kim graduated from Seoul Jungang Girls' High School, she debuted as a singer at a stage of the Eighth United States Army. In 1963, as a recommendation by composer, Park Chun-seok, Kim sang Pledge of Love (Sarangui maengse), an adapted song of Till and gained a popularity. In the same year, she got a chance to sing at a stage in Las Vegas, United States. With the collaboration with Gil Ok-yun, a renowned composer and her first husband, Kim announced a lot of hit songs, and albums including "Sawori gamyeon" (literally, Once the April is gone), "Sarangui changa" (Song in praise of Love), "Saranghaneun Maria" (Dear Maria), "Motiteo" (Don't forget you) which are still favored by mid aged fans. During the marriage until 1972, they produced about 70 albums, and 500 to 600 songs.[6]

In 1978 Patti Kim became the first Korean pop singer who showed her singing performance at the stage of Sejong Center, which only allowed for classical musicians at that time. In 1989, she had a performance in Carnegie Hall, New York City. In 1996, she was honored the prestigious Hwagwan Cultural Merit by the South Korean government as the third singer after Kim Jeong-gu, and Lee Mi-ja.[6]


  1. ^ Park, Eun-ju (1999-02-02). "[한국인터뷰] "진쨔디바는 라이브로 말하죠"". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. ^ "패티 김 소개". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ Cho, Chung-un (2012-02-15). "Korean diva Patti Kim to retire". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ "Patti Kim Marks 50th Anniversary of Singing Career". The Chosun Ilbo. 2008-03-25. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ "Veteran singer Patti Kim says goodbye to fans". The Korea Times. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. ^ a b Yang, Seong-hui (양성희) (1999-02-02). 패티김 ‘絶唱의 힘’ 40년 [Patti Kim, "The power of excellent singing" for 40 years] (in Korean). Munhwa Ilbo.