2017-11-16

Profiles of My Favorite Singers

The information in this section comes from a variety of sources, such as Wikipedia, webpages, album liner notes, old magazines, and my collection of vintage karaoke books. I try to confirm the accuracy of everything I post on this blog, as much as is possible. Entries are in alphabetical order by surname.


Male Singers:

Those Who I Love And Worship:

1. Hiroshi Inoue (井上ひろし)
• real name: same, but using different kanji (井上博)
• birth date: August 23, 1941
• birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
• height: 178cm
• weight: 70kg
• hobbies: listening to Western music
• collections: toy dogs and small bottles of liquor
• debut date: November, 1959
• debut song: "The Rain is Crying" (雨は泣いている)
• record label: Columbia Records
• date of death: September 19, 1985
• cause of death: heart attack
• my top 3 favorite songs: 明日咲く花, 南国の夜, 巷の雨

2. Hiroshi Mifune (三船浩)
• real name: (森田肖三 or 森田省三 or 森田宵三?)
• birth date: September 28, 1930
• birthplace: Niigata Prefecture
• hobbies: reading, sports - especially judo
• debut date: December, 1956
• debut song:
• record label: King Records
• date of death: July 8, 2005
• place of death: Tokyo
• cause of death: heart attack
• my top 3 favorite songs:

3. Michiya Mihashi (三橋美智也)
• real name: Michiya Mitsuhashi (adopted name: Michiya Kitazawa - 北沢美智也)
• birth date: November 10, 1930
• birthplace: Kamiiso (now Hokuto), Oshima Subprefecture (Hokkaido)
• nickname: used the name "Mitchie" for his radio call-in show in the 1970s
• height: 158 cm
• hobbies: photography, making 8mm movies, golf, hunting
• collections: unusual cigarette lighters
• respected person: Tarō Shōji (東海林太郎)
• debut year: 1954
• debut song: "Bitter Sake" (酒の苦さよ)
• record label: King Records
• date of death: January 8, 1996
• place of death: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
• cause of death: multiple organ failure, after becoming comatose due to a heart attack
• grave location: Ishikiri Cemetery in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
• my top 3 favorite songs: 鳴門海峡, 君よいずこ, リンゴ村から

4. Hiroshi Mizuhara (水原弘)
• real name: Masahiro Takahi (高和正弘)
• birth date: November 1, 1935
• birthplace: Tokyo
• nickname: “Omizu”
• debut year: 1959
• debut song: "Black Petals" (黒い花びら)
• record label: Toshiba Records
• date of death: July 5, 1978
• place of death: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
• cause of death: rupture of esophageal varices due to severe cirrhosis of the liver
• my top 3 favorite songs: 愛の渚,

The Next Best Thing:

1. Koji Hara (原耕二)
• real name:
• birth date: March 14, 1944
• birthplace: Kyoto
• debut year: 1965?
• debut song: "Crying" (男泣き)
• record label: Gramophone Records
• date of death: not known if living or dead
• my top 3 favorite songs:

2. Kōji Hirano (平野こうじ)
• real name: Kōichi Hirano (平野弘一)
• birth date: August 22, 1943
• birthplace: Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture
• debut year: 1961?
• debut song: White Flower Blues (白い花のブルース)
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: not known if living or dead
• my top 3 favorite songs:

3. Hachiro Izawa (井沢八郎)
• real name: Kinichi (Kōichi?) Kudō (工藤金一)
• birth date: March 18, 1937
• birthplace: Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture
• debut year: 1963
• debut song: "Man Boat" (男船)
• record label: Toshiba Records
• date of death: January 17, 2007
• cause of death: esophageal cancer
• my top 3 favorite songs: ゆさぶり船, 男傘, 男の流れ星

4. Mitsuo Kaji (梶光夫)
• real name:
• birth date: 1944
• birthplace: Osaka
• debut year: 1964
• debut song:
• record label: Columbia Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

5. Shūji Kanō (叶修二)
• real name: Shuji Komata (古俣修二)
• birth date: January 1, 1949
• birthplace: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
• debut year: 1965
• debut song: "Nice Guy" (素敵なやつ)
• record label: Polydor Records
• date of death: February 21, 2014
• place of death: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
• cause of death: hemorrhagic shock due to abdominal aortic aneurysm
• my top 3 favorite songs:

6. Koichi Kita (北耕一)
• real name:
• birth date: August 7, 1946
• birthplace: Tokachi District, Hokkaido
• debut year: 1965?
• debut song: "First Love" (初恋)
• record label: King Records
• date of death: not known if living or dead
• my top 3 favorite songs:

7. Kazuo Kitami (北見和夫)
• real name: Kusumi Yoshinori (久須美嘉忠)
• birth date: November 7, 1937
• birthplace: Kitami, Okhotsk Subprefecture (Hokkaido)
• height: 170cm (in 1958)
• weight: 64kg (in 1958)
• hobbies: playing the drums and the guitar, table tennis, watching movies
• debut date: August 20th, 1958
• debut song: "Tokyo Mountains" (東京山脈)
• record label: King Records
• date of death: possibly still alive
• my top 3 favorite songs: 雨の喫茶店, なさけ横丁, 君恋い舟唄

8. Akira Matsushima (松島アキラ)
• real name: Shigeto Hatsuma (松島重彦)
• birth date: July 5, 1944
• birthplace: Kyobashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
• blood type: B
• nickname: “Spitz”
• debut date: November, 1961
• debut song: "Sentimental Lake" (湖愁)
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs: 湖愁,

9. Kenichi Mikawa (美川憲一)
• real name:
• birth date: May 15, 1946
• birthplace: Tokyo
• hobbies:
• debut date: 1965?
• debut song: (だけどだけど)
• record label: Crown Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

10. Katsuhiko Miki (美樹克彦)
• real name: Makoto Mekata (目方誠)
• birth date: October 22, 1948
• birthplace: Kyoto
• height: 167 cm
• weight: 52 kg
• debut year: 1965
• debut song: "I Am Wearing My Tears" (俺の涙は俺がふく)
• record label: Crown Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

11. Kōichi Mito (水戸光一)
• real name: Nukaga Toshiyuki (額賀利之)
• birth date: March 15, 1933
• birthplace: Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
• hobbies: driving cars at top speed, watching movies
• respected person: Haruo Oka (岡晴夫)
• debut date: June, 1958
• debut song: "Blowin' in the Wind" (風に吹かれて)
• record label: King Records
• date of death: not known if living or dead
• my top 3 favorite songs: 風に吹かれて, みの虫さん, 錨まけまけ

12. Kōichi Miura (三浦洸一)
• real name: Shigeru Kuwata (桑田利康)
• birth date: January 1, 1928
• birthplace: Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
• blood type: A
• hobbies: swimming, watching movies
• collections: various records
• debut year: 1953
• debut song:
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

13. Hidekazu Nagai (永井秀和)
• real name:
• birth date: December 3, 1951
• birthplace: Tokyo
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label:
• date of death:
• my top 3 favorite songs:

14. Shinichi Sasaki (佐々木新一)
• real name: same, but using different kanji (佐々木 新市)
• birth date: December 3, 1946
• birthplace: Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture
• debut year: 1965
• debut song: (若さの世界)
• record label: King Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

15. The Tsukuba Brothers (つくば兄弟)
• real names:
• birth dates:
• birthplace:
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death:
• my top 3 favorite songs:

Worth A Listen:

1. Yukio Hashi (橋幸夫)
• real name: same, but using different kanji (橋幸男)
• birth date: May 3, 1943
• birthplace: Arakawa Ward, Tokyo
• height: 168 cm
• weight: 54kg
• blood type: A
• hobbies: golf, baseball, tennis, judo, karate, boxing
• debut year: 1960
• debut song: "Seaside Shrine" (潮来笠)
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs: 霧氷, 花太郎笠, そばにいておくれ

2. Masaaki Hirao (平尾昌章)
• real name: Isamu Hirao (平尾勇)
• birth date: December 24, 1937
• birthplace: Tokyo
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label: King Records
• date of death: July 21, 2017
• my top 3 favorite songs:

3. Hiroshi Kubo (久保浩)
• real name: Masanori Kubo (久保正憲)
• birth date: November 1, 1946
• birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
• debut year: 1964
• debut song:
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

4. Akira Mita (三田明)
• real name: Ushio Tsujikawa (辻川潮)
• birth date: June 14, 1947
• birthplace: Akishima-shi, Tokyo
• height: 165 cm
• weight: 58 kg
• blood type: AB
• debut year: 1963
• debut song:
• record label: Victor Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

5. Hideo Narumi (鳴海日出夫)
• real name: same
• birth date: November 2, 1929
• birthplace: Takada (now Jōetsu), Niigata Prefecture
• hobbies: baseball (he was the ace pitcher and the cleanup hitter of Columbia's artist team)
• debut: he won first prize in the NHK singing contest in 1952, and signed with Columbia in 1953
• debut song: "Island Beyond the Border" (島は国境の彼方へ)
• record label: Columbia Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs: 白壁の町, さざん花の歌, 涙のグラス

6. Teruhiko Saigo (西郷輝彦)
• real name: Morihiro Imagawa (今川盛揮)
• birth date: February 5, 1947
• birthplace:
• height: 177 cm
• weight: 60 kg
• blood type: A
• debut year: 1964
• debut song:
• record label: Crown Records
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

7. Hideki Saijo (西城秀樹)
• real name: Tatsuo Kimoto (木本龍雄)
• birth date: April 13, 1955
• birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
• height: 181 cm
• blood type: AB
• hobbies: playing the drums, swimming
• debut date: March 25, 1972
• debut song: "The Season To Fall in Love" (恋する季節)
• record label: Victor Records, Sony BMG Records, others
• date of death: May 16, 2018
• place of death: Yokohama
• cause of death: acute heart failure
• my top 3 favorite songs: ブーツをぬいで朝食を, 炎, ブーメラン・ストリート

8. Kazuhiko Shima (島和彦)
• real name: Yuichi Morimoto (森本由一)
• birth date: July 15, 1944
• birthplace: Tokyo
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label:
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

9. Yasuo Tanabe (田辺靖雄)
• real name: same
• birth date: April 5, 1945
• birthplace: Tokyo
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label:
• date of death: still living
• my top 3 favorite songs:

10. Ichiro Wakahara (若原一郎)
• real name:
• birth date:
• birthplace:
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label:
• date of death:
• my top 3 favorite songs:

Honorable Mention:

1. Yujiro Ishihara (石原裕次郎)
• real name:
• birth date:
• birthplace:
• height: 183 cm
• weight: 75 kg
• debut year:
• debut song:
• record label:
• date of death:
• my top 3 favorite songs:

2. Kenji Kitahara (北原謙二)
• real name: Kentaro Kitahara (
• birth date:
• birthplace:
• debut year: 1961
• debut song:
• record label: Columbia Records
• date of death:
• my top 3 favorite songs:

3. Itsuro Takeyama (竹山逸郎)
• real name: (竹山逸平)
• birth date: October 5, 1918
• birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
• debut year: 1943
• debut song:
• record label: Victor Records, King Records, Teichiku Records, Mercury Records
• date of death: April 4, 1984
• place of death: Nakano Ward, Tokyo
• cause of death: liver failure
• my top 3 favorite songs: 流れの船唄,

Female Singers:

1. Hiromi Iwasaki (岩崎宏美)
• real name:
• birth date:
• birthplace:
• debut year: 1975
• record label:
• date of death: still living
• my favorite songs:

2. Akina Nakamori (中森明菜)
• real name: same
• birth date: July 13, 1965
• birthplace: Ota Ward, Tokyo
• measurements: bust - 80 cm, waist - 58 cm, hip - 87 cm
• debut year: 1982
• record label:
• date of death: still living
• my favorite songs:

4. Hiroko Takekoshi (竹越ひろ子)
• real name:
• birth date:
• birthplace:
• debut year:
• record label:
• date of death:
• my favorite songs:

5. Momoe Yamaguchi (山口百恵)
• real name: same (until her marriage to Tomokazu Miura on November 19, 1980)
• birth date: January 17, 1959
• birthplace: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
• blood type: A
• debut year: 1973 (active until 1980)
• record label:
• date of death: still living
• my favorite songs:
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Author:Anne (アン)
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