Thongchai McIntyre

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Thongchai McIntyre
Background information
Birth nameAlbert Thongchai McIntyre
Also known asBird Thongchai McIntyre
Born (1958-12-08) December 8, 1958 (age 60)
Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Thai pop, R&B, Dance-pop, Pop rock, Electro pop, Electronica
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active1986–present
Labels GMM Grammy

Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre (Thai : ธงไชย แมคอินไตย์, pronounced  [tʰōŋ.tɕʰāj] ; born Albert Thongchai McIntyre; December 8, 1958) is a Thai of Scottish descent pop singer who released his debut album in 1986. He is also sometimes known as Bird Thongchai, Phi Bird ("elder brother Bird") or simply Bird. He finished high diploma management major from Thonburi Commercial.

Thai language language spoken in Thailand

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Thailand Constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

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Considered to be Thailand's No.1 superstar, [1] he is one of the most successful singers in Thailand's history, having sold more than 25 million albums. [2] He is best known for his string (Thai pop) and luk thung music. He has also acted in numerous films, on television, musicals, and in commercials.

Luk thung, or Phleng luk thung, often known as Thai country music, is an acculturated song genre that emerged after World War II in the central region of Thailand. The genre was derived from phleng Thai sakon, and developed in the early-20th century. Suphan Buri in particular became the center of luk thung music, producing many major artists, including Suraphol Sombatcharoen, and Pumpuang Duangjan. The genre has been prominently popularized in the northeastern region, having from its beginnings drawn upon northeastern mor lam musical traditions and the northeastern Isan language.

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Early life

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Bird Thongchai in Concert

In 1958, Thongchai McIntyre was born in one of the slums inside Bangkok to parents Udom and James McIntyre. His birth name was Albert McIntyre with the nickname of "Bird." Born as the 9th child of 9 siblings, his life in the slums did not give him much of a head start, thus his childhood was filled with struggle to supplement the income of his family. As a child, he sometimes taught English to other children in the slum in exchange for 5 to 10 baht. Raised in a music-loving family. Bird loved to sing and dance, school stage was the first place that his talent shined. [3] His father died when Bird was still a child, [4] [5] He then started working as a bank officer.

Bangkok Special administrative area in Thailand

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country's population. Over fourteen million people lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok the nation's primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand's other urban centres in terms of importance.


While still working as a bank officer, he met the famous Thai TV producer "Kai Varayuth" who recognised Bird's talent. Bird débuted in his first TV series with the help of Kai. His most memorable role was that of Captain Kobori in the 1990 television series Khu Kam , a tragic love story about a Japanese soldier (Bird) and a local Thai girl during World War II. He reprised this role in the 1996 film adaptation, Sunset at Chaophraya .

Koo Kam is a Thai novel written by Thommayanti. It was also adapted into a film, Sunset at Chaopraya.

Empire of Japan Empire in the Asia-Pacific region between 1868–1947

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World War II 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

He reached the height of his musical career in the early nineties. Among his best-known songs are Duay Rak Lae Pook Pan, Koo Gud, Sabai Sabai and Kob Jai Jing Jing. His popular singles released recently include luk thung singles Mah Tummai (with Jintara Poonlarp), Fan Ja (with Jintara and Jarin B. (Joey Boy), Nat Myria Benedetti, and Katreeya English), Lao Su Kan Fang, and Yak Tham Kor Tob and Mai Kang Ying Pae from his album "Volume One". In the mid-nineties, he became the first Thai artist to receive an International MTV Award for his performance in Sunset at Chaophraya .

Song Composition for voice(s)

A song is a musical composition intended to be sung by the human voice. This is often done at distinct and fixed pitches using patterns of sound and silence. Songs contain various forms, such as those including the repetition of sections. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word "song" may refer to instrumentals.

Jintara Poonlarp Thai female singer

Jintara Poonlarp b. March 6, 1969 in Kaset Wisai District, Roi Et Province, Thailand) is a Thai mor lam, luk thung and pop music singer. She is one of the most popular and prolific of the artists in the mor lam and luk thung genres, having released 40 original albums as well as many compilations. She records roughly equal amounts of mor lam and luk thung, but two of her best-known songs are the string hits "Ma Tammai" and "Faen Ja," recorded with Thongchai McIntyre. She is also sometimes known by her nickname Jin or the epithet sao siang pin.

Joey Boy Thai rapper

Joey Boy or Apisit Opasaimlikit, is a Thai hip hop singer and producer known as the Godfather of Thai Hip Hop.

He was featured on CNN and in Variety magazine. An award-winning documentary of his life entitled Crossing Borders, directed by Phanjanit Garnploog, can be seen at St. John's University in New York. In 2010, Bird made his first international tour in Los Angeles and the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center in New York.

In late 2007, he released another album entitled "Simply Bird", which features songs such as Chuay Rap Tee and Mee Tae Kid Tueng.

<i>Simply Bird</i> 2007 studio album by Thongchai McIntyre

Simply Bird is the fifteenth studio album by Thai recording artist Thongchai McIntyre. The album was released on November 26, 2007 by GMM Grammy.


Albums and singles

YearAlbum NameSpecial albumsConcert
1986Hard-Sai Sai-Lom Song-Rao (Beach, Wind, and two of us)-Sudchevit Thongchai (All of Life "Thongchai") / Babb Bird Bird Show #1
1987Sabai-Sabai (easy-easy)-Babb Bird Bird Show #2 (Another)
1987Rub-Kwun-Wan-Mai (Blessing for a new day)--
1988Sor-Kor-Sor (Greeting Card)Thongchai 2501Soup with no Bean sprouts concert / Bird-perd-sa-card
1989--Babb Bird Bird Show #3 (Fly to herizon)
1990Boomerang-Concert Boomerang man / Babb Bird Bird Show #4 (It's in the Boomerang man hand)
1991Prik-Kee-Noo (Bird Chilli)-Babb Bird Bird Show #5 (Happies and our memories never end)
1994Tor-Thong (The Flag)Wan-Nee Tee Ror-Koy (TV drama Soundtrack)TorThong and Torther (that you)/Babb Bird Bird Show #6 (Dream & Reality)
1995DreamKon-nok-kab-Dok-Mai (Feather & Flowers)Dream concert
1996--Feather & Flowers concert
1997-Niramit (TV drama soundtrack)Green concert no.3 Singing Bird
1998Thongchai ServiceThongchai Special ServiceConcert Thongchai service / Concert Thongchai special service
1999Tu-Pleng Saman Prajam Barn (The Everyhouse Jukebox)-Babb Bird Bird Show #7 (Aroka)
2000-100 Pleng Rak Mai Roo Job (100 everlasting love songs)-
2001Thongchai Smile clubBird Love Beat 1 & 2Smile club concert
2002Chud Rab Khak (Welcome, Guests!)-Concert For Fans by Thongchai McIntyre
2003--Babb Bird Bird Show #8 (TOGETHER)
2004-Bird-Sek with Sek LosoBird-Sek concert
2005Bird Volume 1-Volume 1 concet Oh la nor My Love
2006Thongchai VillageBird Perd FloorConcert Bird Perd Floor
2007Simply Bird--
2008--Babb Bird Bird Show #9 MAGIC MEMORIES
2009--Fancy fans zone concert
2010Bird Asa sanook--
2011--Bird Asa sanook concert
2012-Secret gardenBabb Bird Bird Show #10 (Our day is still)
2013--Feather & Flowers Secret garden
2014-Kolkimono (TV drama soundtrack)-
2015-Feather & Flowers The Original Returns
2016--Romwong THONGCHAI concert
2018Bird mini marathon-Babb Bird Bird Show #11 "DREAM JOURNEY"

TV dramas

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Bird Thongchai McIntyre


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Bird and his awards
The best of Thongchai
*1984 Siam-Kollakarn Contest : The Best Singer Thai Music for See Wit Lakorn and Chud Hmay Play Tang, The Special from Dr. Thaworn Pornprapa*1986 Mekala : The Best Man Presenters
*1987 The office of national young people or Sor Yor Chor : The Best Artist )*1990 Coke Music Award : The album was a success for Boomerang
* Mekala : The Best Man Actor for Sunset At Chaopraya (TV Lakorn)* TV Golden : The Best Man Actor for Sunset At Chaopraya (TV Lakorn)
* MTV Asian Viewer's Choice Award* NCSWT : The Outstanding child
* 1993 Vote Award : The Best Man Actor for Wannee Tee Raw-Koy (TV Lakorn)*1994 TV Golden : The Best Man Actor for Wannee Tee Raw-Koy (TV Lakorn)
*1995 Saraswati : The Best Man Actor for Sunset At Chaopraya (Movie)* 1995 Saraswati : The Best Movie music for Thoe Khon Diaw (Music)
*1995 Vote Award : The Popular Man Actor for Sunset At Chaopraya* 1996 Billboard Viewer's Choice Award first in Asia
* 1997 Ganesha Golden : The Special Creative Music for Ton Mai Khong Por
* 2002 Seesun Award : The Best Song for Lao Su Kan Fang*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2002)
* 2002 Top Awards : The Best Singer for Lao Su Kan Fang* 2002 Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Popular Man Artist Music video for Lao Su Kan Fang
*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2003)
*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Best Music video for Fan Ja (2003)*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Popular Artist (2003)
*Diamond Siam : The Sampler for Promotion of Thai arts and culture (2003)*MTV Asia Awards  : The Favorite Artist Thailand (2004)
*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2004)*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2005)
*Annual Chalermthai Awards : The Thai Artist of the year (2005)*Oops! awards : The Popular Man Singer (2005)
*MTV Asia Awards : The Inspiration Award (2006)*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Popular Music video for My love (2006)
*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Popular Artist (2006)*Virgin Hitz Awards : The Achievement Awards (2006)
*FAT award : The Best Music video of the year for My love (2006)*Sor Nor Chor : The Popular Man Artist of the year (2006)
*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2007)*Star Entertainment Awards : The Popular Man Singer (2007)
*In Young Generation Choice : The Long man acting actor of the year (2007)*TVPool Star Party Award : The Artist in heart (2007)
*Seed AWARDS : The Popular Man Artist (2007)*Seed of the month awards : The Popular Man Artist for November (2007)
*Ministry of Culture : The Gratitude (2007)*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2008)
*Seesun Award : The Best Song for Nam Ta (2008)*Star Entertainment Awards : The Best Man Singer (2008)
*Nine Entertain Awards : The Man Singer of the year (2008)*In Young Generation Choice : The Long man acting actor of the year (2008)
*TVPool Star Party Award : The Popular singer for people (2008)*Seed AWARDS : The Quality artists (2008)
*Pet Nai Plang : The Outstanding singing in the Thai language for Me Tea Kid Thung (2008)
*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Thai invention for Babb Bird Bird Show Concert (2009)
*Annual Chalermthai Awards : The Song of Thai Film of the Year for Chadaimailumkan (2009)*In Young Generation Choice : The Long man acting actor of the year (2009)
*TVPool Star Party Award : The Popular singer for Superstar (2009)*Pet Nai Plang : The Outstanding singing in the Thai language for Pai Thew Kan (2009)
*TV INSIDE HOT AWARDS : The King of Hot (2009)
*Prakaipet : The Outstanding Thai Artist (2010)*Thailand National Film Association Awards : The Best Movie Music for Chadaimailumkan (2010)
*Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards : The Popular Music video for Too Much so Much Very Much (2011)*Seed AWARDS : The Inspirational artist (2011)
*Ministry of Culture : The Virtuous artist promotes Buddhism of Thailand (2011)*SiamDara Star awards : The Popular Thai singers (2011)
*Bang Awards : The Dead dance music for Too Much so Much Very Much (2011)*Intensive Watch : The Popular Song for Yatamyangnee Maiwakapkai Kawjaimai (2011)
*Gmember Awards : The most beloved artist (2011)*Top Awards : The Best Singer (2011)
*TVPool Star Party Award : The Popular for people (2012)*Pet Nai Plang : The Outstanding singing in the Thai language for Tam Roi Pra Racha (2012)
*SiamDara Star awards : The Popular Thai singers (2012)*SiamDara Star awards : The Siam Dara Star for People (2012)
*Gmember Awards : The most beloved artist (2012)*MThai Top Talk-About : The most talked-about singer (2012)
*Shining star : The Successful artists and social activities (2012)*Office of the Secretary of the Supreme Patriarch : The benefit of Buddhism (2012)
*Tara Award : People with a Bodhisattva Heart, which is beneficial to society (2012)*TV Golden : Best voice cartoon actor Bird : The Flying With Byrd (2012)
*SiamDara Star awards : The Superstar Forever (2013)*Shining star : The Successful artists and social activities (2013)
*Kinnara : Good people think good society Follow the Royal footprint (2013)*Daradaily Award : The Best Person (2013)
*9 people prototype Steps to the king project : The Best singer (2013)*CROW Awards : The Best singer (2013)
*TVPool Star Party Award : The Popular for people (2013)*Shining star : The Successful artists and social activities (2014)
*Japan Tourism Award : The special award for People who play an important role To travel to Japan (2014)*SiamDara Star awards : The Star Idol (2014)
*GMM Digital Domain : Top Load via *123 for Kon Pea Timaimee Namta (2015)*KPN Award : The Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)
Joox Icon Award from JOOX Thailand Music Awards 2018

Covers by other artists

In 2012, the popular Japanese girl group Berryz Kobo released a song titled "Cha Cha Sing" as a single. The title track is a cover of the song "Row Mah Sing" by Bird Thongchai. The first coupling track "Loving You Too Much" is also a cover of a Bird Thongchai's song, "Too Much So Much Very Much". Both were translated into Japanese. [6] The single debuted at number 6 on the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.


Tongchai has received the following royal decorations in the Honours System of Thailand:

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