Karaoke Book Paragraphs

Old karaoke books are a wealth of information. Not only do they have listings, pictures and lyrics for now-obscure singers and songs, but they often had profiles and small paragraphs about all the singers, as well. Entries are in alphabetical order by surname, then by date.

Hiroshi Inoue (井上ひろし)

Kazuo Kitami (北見和夫)

1. [Fans say:] “I’m looking forward to seeing handsome singer Kazuo Kitami star in a movie!”

(from Myojo’s “Golden All Hit Parade” - 7/1960)

[Kazuo Kitami remarked:] “Being told that I’m handsome is embarrassing. I’m trying to learn a lot about acting because Ichiro Kanbe, who debuted at the same time as me, is already appearing in films. Additionally, I’m going to learn not only about love songs, but also about the songs of historical plays, as well as show tunes.”

2. “I’d rather have a hit song, than have romance...”

(from Heibon’s “Your Request 300” - 11/1960)

One of the most handsome popular song singers, Kazuo Kitami, is embarrassed by gossip these days, which is not about his fame, but about his good looks. Just recently, he was embarrassed by the rumor of a romance with a beautiful star songstress (I assume Midori Satsuki, who he was pictured with underneath the paragraph). He’s not interested romance currently, because he very much desires a big hit this year. We, and his legion of fans, look forward to his marvelous smash hit!

Akira Matsushima (松島アキラ)

Hiroshi Mifune (三船浩)

Michiya Mihashi (三橋美智也)

1. “How’s Michiya Mihashi doing, lately?”

(from Myojo’s “Diamond Scope of Songs” - 11/1960)

“After spending the summer cooling off in Hokkaido, I appeared at the Tokyo National Theater in September for the first time in a year and a half. This time, I changed my program and performed with (actor) Yatarou Kitakami as the duo ‘Yaji and Kita’ (old Japanese comedy) and sang many folk songs. We’re now in the best season for sports, so I go to the golf course every time I’m free. I got more tanned and my muscles have gotten stronger. I’m also proud of my considerable golf skills. I’ll be sure to win a prize in King’s in-company golf competition, which I haven’t been able to join very often, until now.”

Kōichi Miura (三浦洸一)

Hiroshi Mizuhara (水原弘)


Risu Belochka

Author:Risu Belochka
42 years old / female
Wahiawa, Hawai'i

I especially love
Michiya Mihashi
Hiroshi Mizuhara
Hiroshi Mifune (三船浩)!

I'm a member of
(the Michiya Mihashi
fan club)
since 2016.

Note: All articles
and captions
were translated
into English
by T. Nonaka.