Bae In Soon didn't even consider herself a singer on that fateful night in 1967 when, on a whim, she decided to enter a singing contest hosted by the 8th US Army. But then she won. And if you've ever had the eyes of a hundred handsome soldiers locked on you for seven minutes straight then you understand why she was instantly hooked on the entertainment industry. That very night she convinced her sister Bae In Sook to become her partner and together they formed The Pearl Sisters. The only problem was their complete and utter lack of musical skill. Sure they could sing, but could they write songs or play any instruments? Hellz noou, as they say in Little Korea. But never fear, Pearl Sisters, the Godfather of Korean rock is here!
Shin Jung Hyun was already producing some of Korea's best female artists, including Kim Chu Ja and Park In Su. The moment he heard the sisters' raw talent trapped in such a coarse shell he made it his mission to culture a pearl. Uh, make that two pearls. Within months they were ready to record their debut. The album was a smashing success, selling over 1 million copies, and the Pearl Sisters became fixtures on the Korean music scene.
Sadly, the sisters had a falling-out in the mid-1970s. Bae In Soon quit the music business all together, but luckily her younger sister launched a solo career right at the dawn of the disco era! Her music will be featured in a later post.