Alan Tam is one of the living legends in Hong Kong’s Canto-pop scene and this Sunday, August 23, sees him celebrate his 70th birthday. He was the singer in 1970s pop band The Wynners and had a stellar solo career through the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. A staunch believer in age being nothing but a number, Tam famously said that he turns 25 every year. With a net worth in the multimillions, his discography, films and concerts are all a testament to his almost five-decade career. Being a mentor to many stars in the Hong Kong music industry – notably Hacken Lee – has earned him the moniker of Principal Tam. 7 things you didn’t know about Leslie Cheung In recent years, he became better known for his political stance which led to him quitting Twitter after cyberbullying. Love him or hate him, Tam is one of the most enduring Canto-pop artists of our time – here are some of our favourite tunes by this icon. Love in Autumn One of the signature tunes that shot Tam to superstardom in the 1980s, this song is still part of the set list in his concerts to this day. Half Dazed, Half Awoken This is one of the most iconic ballads of the 1980s. There is a lot of tame kissing in this strange music video, but you can see many fresh-faced silver screen beauties such as Maggie Cheung and Pauline Yeung making an appearance. The Root of Love This eponymous album is the first of the trilogy of albums that saw Tam claim the crown as king of Canto-pop. Canto-pop queen Anita Mui was the ‘Madonna of Asia’ Foggy Love This video alludes to a Chinese ghost romance, but the lyrics are quite sweet and about stargazing lovers. Love Trap Principal Tam giving off synth-pop vibes in front of a live audience. Illusion Esprit D’ Amour marks one of Tam’s earlier forays in film, the story of a bittersweet romance between a ghost and a young man which captured the hearts of audiences in Asia, with a theme song that was an instant hit. Where Bruce Lee lived, filmed and trained in Hong Kong – STYLE’s DIY tour Friends This ballad about friendship was the anthem for farewell parties for decades after its release. Love of My Life Tam partnered up with long-time friend Eric Tsang and then-starlet Maggie Cheung in this film about childhood friendship and long-lost love. Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye earned Tsang best actor in the Hong Kong Film Awards and Tam another hit single. Left Alan, Right Hacken In 2003, Tam teamed up with his long-time protégé Hacken Lee to launch a world tour that combined the best of their track lists. Whether it was this wacky number, or the fact that seeing both vocalists together proved a hit, the duo went on to perform many concerts together thereafter. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .