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For five decades—from their early years in Hong Kong as the Fabulous Echoes to standing-room-only performances in clubs and concert halls around the world—the saga of the Society of Seven has been one of the most enduring success stories in show business. After encouragement from friends, the group’s longtime confidante and manager, Frances Kirk, sat down to recount her personal journey with the band, which happens to be deeply enmeshed with the history of the group itself. In her memoir, The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands, Kirk recounts the wild ride of a revolving cast of world class entertainers, who overcame dramatic turnover and personal tragedy to build a unique legacy in the rough-and-tumble world of showbiz.
A savvy businesswoman born and raised in Hong Kong, Kirk joined the family business, Diamond Music Company, in 1960 when her father fell gravely ill. She went on to establish the company’s recording department and concert promotion arm, building Diamond Music into a major player in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, Singapore and Southeast Asia. In 1980 Kirk was appointed entertainment director at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, where her duties included promoting and booking talent at the Outrigger Main Showroom and later the Polynesian Palace.
The Society of Seven is a 362-page softcover book with black-and-white photo insert sections.
This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run.
The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands is available via our online store and at local bookstores, as well as select churches and hospital gift shops.
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