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    (August 23, 1932-circa June 18, 1976)
    Born in Stung Treng, Cambodia
    Widely viewed as the ‘King of Khmer Music’
    Recorded ‘Oudom Dueng Chet’, ‘Ohn Chea Tevy Duorng Chet’, ‘Min Baj Ray Rab Brab Teat Te’, ‘Pael Reathrey’, ‘Cham Churb Reul Tgnai Lich’, ‘Chamreang Et Preang Tuk’, etc.
    Published a song book called ‘A Collection of Sentimental Songs’, which contained 500 songs sung by him only (1972-1973)
    Most likely killed by the Khmer Rouge regime
    His father worked as a prison warden.
    He was married twice.
    He married his cousin in an arranged marriage.
    His family disapproved of his music career, believing that it would disrupt his medical studies.
    He was a quiet man, sometimes speaking no more than ten words a day and often locking himself in his own room writing songs.
    He enjoyed cock-fighting up to the point that he even raised fighting birds.
    He didn’t have much of a love life, and his relationships with women usually never went past romance, which explained why his first marriage fell apart.
    There are many unconfirmed theories about how he died, including how he sang to the troops, who killed him because they didn’t like his music.
    He remains a popular figure in Cambodia.
    He blended traditional Khmer music and Western music together.
    His father died of an illness when he was a child.
    He was said to keep his promises at all times.
    He earned a meager income despite his fame.
    He never smoked cigarettes or drank wine.
    One of his sons was killed under the Khmer Rouge regime.
    He was basically an easy target for the Khmer Rouge because of his education, ties with the former government, and occupation.

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