Sim Min-kyung (born, arguably, September 11, 1955) is South Korean singer known professionally as Sim Soo-bong. When she was a senior at Myongji University, she debuted in 1978 through MBC College Song Contest (MBC 대학가요제) at which she performed her self-composed song "Geuddae Geu Saram" (그때 그사람).
She was born to a Korean traditional folk song collector, Sim Jae-deok who was a Korean traditional music
lecturer in Ewha Womans University
. He died when Sim was 3 years old. Her uncle, Sim Sa-geon, was a Pansori
singer and her aunt, Sim Hwa-yeong, was a traditional dancer
. Her mother had been a student of her father.
Sim learned to play the piano when she was an elementary school student in Seosan, and later she came to Seoul and attended Eunro Elementary School in Heukseok-dong after her mother had been divorced from a second husband. By 13, she was adept at playing drum, piano, and guitar.
At that time, she suffered from an unknown disease causing her to quit school. She retreated to a small island near Incheon, and her mother devoted herself to a new cult. She graduated from Inhwa Women's High School in Incheon.
Career as a singer
She met teuroteu
singer Nah Hoon-ah
who was a top singer at that time. Nah was impressed by her singing and introduced to Sinsegi Records but her album was not able to come out to the market because the record company did not think that it would be successful.
In 1976, Sim applied to Sookmyung Women's University as a composition major but was rejected. In the following year, she was admitted to Myongji University with a major of Business administration.
In 1978, when she was 27, she appeared with her own song she wrote in MBC College Song Contest, and immediately she got media attention. That year, she made a huge success with her first record which was a new-style trot music.
After witnessing the assassination of Park Chung-hee
She was one of the witnesses of the 1979 assassination of South Korean president Park Chung-hee
. Park was a fan of Sim, and Sim had performed for the former president before the assassination. For being a witness to the incident, she was banned from television until 1984.She has said that she was present at his banquet three times. In an interview given during later years, she contested a misconception that he was a fan of enka
. When she sang a song by Misora Hibari
("Kanashii Sake"), he yelled angrily, "Who brought a Japanese girl? For the first time, she discussed the incident to the Japanese press in November 2006
. Her interview was published in Asahi Shimbun