ลูกทุ่ง or "LUUK TUNG" (literally "children of the fields") music came from the folk music and traditions of Northeastern Thailand. It has become a favorite throughout Thailand. Songs are about love, sadness and sorrow.

Luuk tung has traditionally been a symbol of Thailand. During the economic boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the music waned in popularity as Thai people embraced Western pop music. But after the financial collapse of 1997 a renewed sense of national pride took hold, including "LUUK TUNG" music.

The singer Monsit Kamsoi sings "LUUK TUNG" songs.

Click on the loudspeaker Listen to listen to a song from "MONSIT KAMSOI" (มนต์สิทธิ์ิ์) Windows Media Player

Pumpuang Duangchan
พุ่มพวง ดวงฉันทร์ or "PUMPUANG DUANGCHAN" was a Thai singer called the Queen of Thai country music ("RATCHINI LUUK THUNG KHONG MEUANG THAI" - ราชินีลูกทุ่งของเมืองไทย)
Pumpuang Duangchan

She came from central city of Suphanburi and adapted "LUUK TUNG" to 1980s Thai pop music with an emphasis on youth, look and orchestra with many dancers dressed in glittering costume. She died from overwork when she was 36 years old in 1992.

Click on the loudspeaker Listen to listen to a song from "PUMPUANG" (พุ่มพวง) Windows Media Player

She was also an actress and has played in a few Thai movies.

"NAK RONG NAK LENG" movie Click on the projector View to start the movie. Windows Media Player

Suraphol Sombatcharoen
Suraphol Sombatcharoen is Thailand's all-time king of country music. When Thai people refer to a long past they normally associate it with Suraphol's immortal song, "Siphok Pi Haeng Khuam Lang" (16 Years of Our Past). It was his last and most memorable creation. It has become a classic.
Suraphol Sombatcharoen

Suraphol died on year 1968 from gunshot wounds, leaving a rich repertoire of "LUUK TUNG" songs that embodied the spirit of the 1960s. His music was rich in style and his lyrics reflected the changes Thai society was undergoing at that time.

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