Roman Tam

Roman Tam Pak-sin (Chinese: 譚百先; pinyin: Tán Bǎixiān; 12 February 1945 – 18 October 2002), known professionally by his stage name Law Man (Chinese: 羅文; pinyin: Luó Wén), was a Hong Kong singer. He is regarded as the "Grand Godfather of Cantopop".[1]

Roman Tam
Tam Pak-sin ()

(1945-02-12)12 February 1945
Died18 October 2002(2002-10-18) (aged 57)
Years active1960s–2002
AwardsRTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards
1991 RTHK Golden Needle Award
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asLaw Kee ()
Saint of Singing ()
Associated actsRoman and the Four Steps


Born in Baise, Guangxi, China, with family roots in Guiping, Guangxi. He moved to Guangzhou (Canton) in 1947 at the age of 2. He later emigrated to Hong Kong in 1962 at the age of 17.[2] After forming a short-lived band known as Roman and the Four Steps,[3] he became a contract singer under studios term at TVB. He briefly switched to Asia Television in the early 1990s.

During the 1990s, he accepted many budding singers as his students.[citation needed] Some of whom that became famous included Shirley Kwan, Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. He had sung many well-known solos and duets for various TV series including Below the Lion Rock, and the famous 1983 TVB TV series The Legend of the Condor Heroes main theme duet with Jenny Tseng.

Tam never married. He died in Hong Kong at Queen Mary Hospital from liver cancer.


  1. ^ HKVPradio, "Roman Tam: The Grand Godfather of Cantopop". Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2011., Retrieved 7 April 2007. Article archived in 2008. Excerpted from the original article in Rhythm magazine by Lucia Chan, 8 June 2004.
  2. ^ (in Chinese)"你记得吗?他来自广州..." Southern Metropolis Daily. 18 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  3. ^ Allen Chun; Ned Rossiter; Brian Shoesmith, eds. (2004). Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos, and Aesthetic Industries. Routeledge. ISBN 9781135791506.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wong Jim
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Leslie Cheung