Pumpuang Duangjan

Singer, Musical Artist

1961 – 1992

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Who was Pumpuang Duangjan?

Pumpuang 'Pueng' Duangjan, or simply 'Pueng', was a Thai megastar singer, actress who pioneered electronic Luk Thung. She is considered one of the most important Luk Thung vocalists in Thailand. The child of poor farmers, Pumpuang had only two years of primary education before her family's plight forced her to take to the fields as a sugar cane cutter. Although illiterate, she was adept at memorising lyrics and participated in many local singing competitions. At age 15, she came to the notice of a visiting band, and from the late 1970s onwards her fame skyrocketed.

Today she is remembered for her powerful lyrics, which told compelling stories of Thailand's rural poor. She adapted pleng luk thung into a dance-ready form known as electronic luk thung. Although loved by millions of fans, her music career was marred by Pumpuang's lovers, managers, and promoters, who deprived her of her earnings, to the extent that she could not afford treatment for a blood disorder that eventually caused her death at the age of 30.

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Born
Aug 4, 1961
Suphan Buri Province
Also known as
  • Ramphueng Chithan
  • Pueng
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  • Thailand
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Died
Jun 13, 1992
Phitsanulok

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on July 23, 2013

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