Thursday, July 21, 2016
I always keep Christmas albums for the yearly Christmas special but will share this one now. No dry season this year in West-Java, it's been raining every day since october last year so it feels like it's Christmas now.... A christmas album by 60's garage band Blue Comets from Japan....
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Great early 60's hula hula/a go go/off beat cha cha album from Maurice Patton & The Melodians....
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Hideo Murata (村田英雄 Murata Hideo?, January 17, 1929 – June 13, 2002) was a Japanese rōkyoku and enka singer, and an actor. He has taken part in the Kōhaku Uta Gassen 27 times.
Murata was born as a son of rōkyoku singer Senyu Hirosawa (広沢仙遊 Hirosawa Senyū?) and Tsutako Yano (矢野ツタ子 Yano Tsutako?). However, he was immediately adopted by Sumiko Deriba (出利葉スミ子 Deriba Sumiko?) and Haruo Kajiyama (梶山春雄 Kajiyama Haruo?) became his stepfather. His real name was Isamu Kajiyama (梶山勇 Kajiyama Isamu?). He studied rōkyoku under one of Kumoemon Tochuken's disciples, Kumo Sakai.
Murata was scouted by Masao Koga, debuting with "Muhōmatsu no Isshō" (無法松の一生 lit. "Life of Outlaw Pine"?) in 1958. His 1961 single "Ōshō" sold over one million copies. Along with Hachiro Kasuga and Michiya Mihashi, he became a famous enka singer and Haruo Minami was regarded as his rival. He died on June 13, 2002
You can hear him sing in many movies from Akira Kurosawa......
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Inside this booklet was also another flexi disc, beautiful, beautiful music, but I have no idea who the artist(s) is, I included it in the download, the last two songs....
Now this is what treasure hunting is all about, found this today and I'm completely blown away by the music and singing from this incredible Japanese singer and actress, Chiemi Eri, incredible moody jazzy songs, songs she probably did on stage and covers from the Tennessee Waltz and Swanee River, 5 flexi discs, 10 songs in all....
Chiemi Eri (江利 チエミ Eri Chiemi?, January 11, 1937 – February 13, 1982), was a Japanese popular singer and actress.
Eri was born as Chiemi Kubo on January 11, 1937 in Tokyo, Japan. She started her singing career at the age of 14 with her version of "Tennessee Waltz." She sang American songs such as "Jambalaya" and "Come on-a My House". Eri started her career as an actress similar to Misora Hibari. Eri, Misora and Izumi Yukimura formed a trio. In her concerts, she was supported by Nobuo Hara's jazz band.
Eri married Ken Takakura in 1959 but divorced in 1971. She released the single "Sakaba Nite" (酒場にて lit. "At The Bar"?) in 1974. The song was later included in the omnibus album "Enka no Kokoro".
On the afternoon of February 13, 1982, Eri was found prone and not breathing on the bed of her Minato Ward apartment in Tokyo, by her manager. Her cause of death was listed as a stroke with asphyxiation due to vomit in the trachea. A further report indicated that while she had a cold and had already been drinking, a combination of whiskey mixed with milk, as well as cold medicine that she had heated up may have had a role in her death.
Eri began her career as a singer at the age of 14 and would continue to record throughout her career. Many of her albums focused on Japanese folk music though she would often blend American standards with Latin grooves at the behest of Nobuo Hara, a prolific Jazz musician and leader of Eri's backing band.
Again, I'm completely blown away by Chiemi Eri and I can only hope I will find moore of her music in the future....
Hopefully I will finally have a scanner/printer this week, I'll scan the booklet then ok....
What do you say, Dolmance :)
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