‘Perfume’ Lee Dong-won becomes a singing star [고인을 기리며]

‘To the eastern end of the broad bee / The old story of the gulf of a stream swirling around (…) / That place will never be forgotten in my dreams.’

Singer Lee Dong-won, who sang ‘Nostalgia’, a song depicting his hometown, passed away on the 14th. 70 years old.

According to the music industry, Lee Dong-won was suffering from terminal esophageal cancer. He died while fighting the disease at the foot of Jirisan Mountain in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do, where comedian Jeon Yoo-seong lived. It is said that Lee Dong-won and Jeon Yoo-seong have been friends for decades because they lived together when they were young.

Lee Dong-won was born in Busan in 1951, at the height of the Korean War. His parents were from North Korea. The following year, he moved to Seoul and debuted as a solo singer in 1970.

Lee Dong-won is well known as a ‘singer who sings poetry’. ‘Autumn Letter’ and ‘Farewell Song’, which start with ‘I will write a letter in the fall/ Anyone can be you’, received great love. ‘Perfume’ (1989), which he sang with tenor Park In-soo, by adding a poem of the same name to poet Jung Ji-yong, became his representative song. In addition, he enjoyed singing songs with beautiful poems such as ‘Pollack’ (Poet Yang Myeong-Moon) and ‘Hydrangea in Water’ (Poet Kim Seong-Woo). Singer Eunmi Lee sang a new song ‘Goodbye Song’ from the remake album released in 2000, and YB reinterpreted ‘My Person’ as a rock version. Park Seong-seo, a popular music critic, said, “Lee Dong-won is a singer who delivered a song that is more beautiful than any other words.

Singer Lee Dong-won (left) passed away on the 14th of a chronic disease of the esophagus. The photo shows Lee Dong-won performing with his juniors at the Walkerhill Hotel in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul on October 22, 1989. yunhap news

It is reported that acquaintances who recently learned of the battle were preparing for a sponsored concert for Lee Dong-won. Broadcaster Jeong Deok-hee and others are scheduled to hold a ‘Concert of Love’ in Seoul on the 22nd, but when the news of Lee Dong-won’s passing came, they decided to arrange a place to commemorate him. The concert will be attended by Jo Young-nam, Kim Do-hyang, Lim Hee-sook, and Yoon Hyeong-joo.

The burial place of the deceased was prepared at the funeral hall of Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, and the funeral was held at 11:30 am on the 16th.

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