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Bae Ho
Bae Ho (portrait sketch of 'Foggy Jangchundan Park').jpg
Background information
Born (1942-04-20)April 20, 1942
Shandong, China
Died November 7, 1971(1971-11-07) (aged 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Trot
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1963–1971
Korean name
Hangul 배호
Hanja 裵湖
Revised Romanization Bae Ho
McCune–Reischauer Pae Ho
Birth name
Hangul 배신웅
Hanja 裵信雄
Revised Romanization Bae Si-ung
McCune–Reischauer Pae Si-ung

Bae Ho (Hangul: 배호; April 20, 1942 – November 7, 1971) was a South Korean singer, known as the "Elvis of Korean trot." A statue commemorating his biggest hit, "Turning around at Samgakji (돌아가는 삼각지)" stands in front of Samgakji Station in Seoul.

Early life

Bae was born Bae Sin-ung (Korean: 배신웅) in Shandong, China, the son of Korean independence activist Bae Gook-min. He moved to what would become South Korea with his family in 1945 following the end of the Japanese occupation.

Career

Bae debuted as a singer in 1963. His popularity grew after the 1967 release of his song "Turning around at Samgakji" (Hangul: 돌아가는 삼각지), which topped music charts for five consecutive months. He ultimately released about 300 songs.

In 1966 he fell ill with nephritis and spent his last years battling the disease. He died in 1971.

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