Lo Ta-yu 罗大佑 is a Taiwanese singer and songwriter who, during the 1980s, affected Chinese pop and rock music with his melodic lyrics, his love songs, and his wittiness he infused in his songs, He is recognized as a major cultural icon in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
Stylistically, Lo defies classification, though his contribution to Taiwanese campus folk song (校園民歌) genre was most significant. His early music in particular shows strong folk roots, and many of his songs tap into native Taiwanese cultural influences. Some songs are reminiscent of 1950s American diner and soda shop rock, and others exhibit a 1970s lounge lizard growl. What captured the hearts of a generation, however, were his lyrics, touching on issues of life with a sense of humor. The lyrical style is rather conversational; the cleverness comes in the meaning, not how the words are put together.
In 1985, inspired by the success of the charity single We Are the World by USA for Africa, Lo wrote "Tomorrow will be Better" (明天會更好), a highly successful charity single of his own. It was ultimately performed by over 60 different artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, including Tsai Chin, Chyi Chin, Chyi Yu, Sarah Chen, Eric Moo, Fei Yu-Ching, Angus Tung, and Jonathan Lee.