2017-11-16

Singer Profiles and Song List - A through L

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.


my personal song ratings:
★★★★ - Yes, yes, a thousand times YES!
★★★ - Sure, I can dig it.
★★ - Meh.
★ - "No sir, I didn't like it!"
no stars - I haven't heard it, yet.

✱ - lyrics are available
✱✱ - lyrics & music are available
✱✱✱ - lyrics, music & Romaji lyrics are available

Jiro Akagi (赤木二郎)

His songs:
01. (ヤングマン・ブルース) Toshiba Records / TP-1322 / side A / 1966 (★)
01. (俺はせつないぜ) Toshiba Records / TP-1322 / side B / 1966 (★★★)
02. (北国の夜) Toshiba Records / TP-1362 / side A / 1966 (★★★★)
02. (さすらいの星) Toshiba Records / TP-1362 / side B / 1966 (★★★)
03. (トニーよわが胸に) Toshiba Records / TP-1402 / side A / 1967 (★★★)
03. (泣きたくなるぜ) Toshiba Records / TP-1402 / side B / 1967 (★★★★)
04. (雨の中のおもかげ) Toshiba Records / TP-1427 / side A / 1967 (★★)
04. (慟哭) Toshiba Records / TP-1427 / side B / 1967 (★★★★)

Hisashi Futaba (双葉ひさし)

His songs:
01. (哀愁行路) Victor Records / VS-795 / side A / 1962 (★★★★)
01. (気まま鴉) Victor Records / VS-795 / side B / 1962 (★★)

Kotobuki Hananomoto (花ノ本寿)

His songs:
01. (元禄美少年) Columbia Records / SA-1001 / side A / November, 1962 (★★★★)
01. (桜井の別れ) Columbia Records / SA-1001 / side B / November, 1962 (★★★)
02. (緋桜若衆) Columbia Records / SA-1099 / side A / May, 1963 (★★★★)
02. (前髪吉三) Columbia Records / SA-1099 / side B / May, 1963 (★★★★)
03. (別れてよかったわるかった) Crown Records / CW-85 / side A / June, 1964 (★★)
03. (東京チャカホイ) Crown Records / CW-85 / side B / June, 1964 (★★)

Kōji Hara (原耕二)

He was born on March 14, 1944, in Kyoto. It's unknown whether he's currently alive or deceased.

He signed with Gramophone Records in 1965(?), and debuted with the song "Crying" (男泣き).

His songs:
01. (男泣き) Polydor Records / SDR-1058 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
01. (街灯り) Polydor Records / SDR-1058 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
02. (純情ギター) Polydor Records / SDR-1095 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
02. (男一匹の唄) Polydor Records / SDR-1095 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
03. (鮎太郎仁義) Polydor Records / SDR-1107 / side A / date unknown (★★)
03. (天城の鮎太郎) Polydor Records / SDR-1107 / side B / date unknown (★★★)
04. (恋愛射撃隊) Polydor Records / SDR-1139 / side A / 19?? (★)
04. (泣くのはよそう) Polydor Records / SDR-1139 / side B / 19?? (★★★)
05. (関の弥太っぺ) Polydor Records / SDR-1170 / side A / 19?? (★★)
05. (憎まれっ子) Polydor Records / SDR-1170 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
06. (黒潮そだち) Polydor Records / SDR-1184 / side A / 19?? (★★)
06. (俺の舞台だ) Polydor Records / SDR-1184 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
07. (達者でいるだろか) Polydor Records / SDR-1201 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
07. (ソーラン東京) Polydor Records / SDR-1201 / side B / 19?? (★)
08. (泣き虫艶歌) Polydor Records / SDR-1228 / side A / 19?? (★★)
08. (男だぜ) Polydor Records / SDR-1228 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
09. (おさらば港の赤い灯よ) Polydor Records / SDR-1247 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
09. (さすらいの曠野) Polydor Records / SDR-1247 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
10. (男が泣いてなぜ悪い) Polydor Records / SDR-1272 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
10. (泣き虫くん) Polydor Records / SDR-1272 / side B / 19?? (★★★)
11. (赤提灯の女) Polydor Records / SDR-1293 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
11. (艶歌師) Polydor Records / SDR-1293 / side B / 19?? (★★★)
12. (嘘じゃないんだ) Polydor Records / SDR-1333 / side A / 19?? (★★)
12. (だますなよ) Polydor Records / SDR-1333 / side B / 19?? (★★★)
13. (みちのくの雨) Polydor Records / SDR-1349 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
13. (女の火山) Polydor Records / SDR-1349 / side B / 19?? (★★)
14 (新ダンチョネ節) Polydor Records / DR-1531 / side A / 19?? (★★)
14. (男の夢は夜ひらく) Polydor Records / DR-1531 / side B / 19?? (★★)

愛の焔
雪明りの宿

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

Tamotsu Hiraizumi (平泉保)

His songs:
01. "Blue Star" (ブルースター) Minoruphone Records / KA-130 / side A / 1967 (★★★★)
01. (もうひとりの僕) Minoruphone Records / KA-130 / side B / 1967 (★★)

Yukio Hirakawa (平川幸夫)

His songs:
01. "Aomori" (ああ青森) King Records / BS-882 / side A / 1969 (★★★★)
01. (すすきのの女) King Records / BS-882 / side B / 1969 (★★)
02. (東北本線) King Records / BS-993 / side A / 1969 (★★★★)
02. (さよなら東京) King Records / BS-993 / side B / 1969 (★★★★)
03. (日本海流れ旅) King Records / BS-1077 / side A / 1969 (★★★)
03. (弘前のひと) King Records / BS-1077 / side B / 1969 (★★★★)

Kōji Hirano (平野こうじ)

Real name: Kōichi Hirano (平野弘一). He was born in the city of Kobe, in Hyōgo Prefecture, on August 22, 1943. However, it is unknown whether he is currently alive or deceased.

He dropped out of Takigawa High School. He then signed with Victor Records in 1961(?) and debuted with the song "White Flower Blues" (白い花のブルース).

His songs:
01. "White Flower Blues" (白い花のブルース) Victor Records / VS-595 / side A / 1961 (★★★★)
01. "I'm Crying" (泣き濡れて) Victor Records / VS-595 / side B / 1961 (★★★)
02. "You Left" (君去りて) Victor Records / VS-641 / side A / 1962 (★★★★)
02. "I Can't Sleep Tonight" (僕は今夜も眠れない) Victor Records / VS-641 / side B / 1962 (★★★★)
03. "A Token Of Love" (はてしなき旅情) Victor Records / PV-24 / side A / 1962 (★★★★)
03. "Angel" (ぼくのエンジェル) Victor Records / PV-24 / side B / 1962 (★)
04. (悲恋) Victor Records / VS-938 / side A / 1963 (★★★)
05. (愛情の系譜) Victor Records / VS-962 / side A / 1963 (instrumental)
05. (愛別) Victor Records / VS-962 / side B / 1963 (★★★★)
初恋の並木道
ふるさとはふるさとは
涙をふいてあげるから
東京コンチネンタル
若者
君は可愛い恋人さ

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:

Ken Horikawa (堀川健)

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His songs:
01. (夜の鴎) King Records / EB-282 / side B / date unknown (★★★)

Kazuhiro Horiuchi (堀内一宏)

His songs:
01. (潮来の女) Victor Records / SV-644 / side A / November, 1967 (★★★★)
01. (霧の中の眉子) Victor Records / SV-644 / side B / November, 1967 (★★★★)

Fusao Hoshi (星富佐夫)

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Real name: Isao Hoshi (星功). He was born on August 14, 1939, in Fukushima. However, it is unknown whether he is currently alive or deceased.

As a young man, he left Fukushima by himself to try his fortune in Tokyo. After he arrived, he began learning to sing popular songs while holding a string of jobs, including Chinese restaurant delivery, bartender, sales clerk, band boy, traveling street singer, and so on. He entered a singing contest sponsored by Tokyo Broadcasting System and was noticed by composer Tadashi Yoshida, who was one of the judges. He signed with Victor Records and debuted with the song "I Want To See Her Again" (も一度逢いたい). He recorded a handful of songs, but it seems he disappeared after 1964.

His songs:
01. "I Want To See Her Again" (も一度逢いたい) Victor Records / VS-969 / side A / 1963 (★★★★)
01. "Blue Guitar Tears" (泪のブルー・ギター) Victor Records / VS-969 / side B / 1963 (★★★★)
02. "Toward Nagisa" (渚に寄せて) Victor Records / VS-1037 / side A / 1963 (★★★★)
02. "Starry Sky Blues" (星空のブルース) Victor Records / VS-1037 / side B / 1963 (★★★★)
03. "Lonely, Lonely" (淋しい淋しい) Victor Records / VS-1090 / side A / 1963 (★★★★)
03. "Let's Take A Trip" (旅へ行こうよ) Victor Records / VS-1090 / side B / 1963 (★★★)
04. "Misty Farewell" (霧の別れ) Victor Records / VS-1105 side A / 1963 (★★★★)
05. (銀座流し唄) Victor Records / VS-1155 / side A / 1963 (★★★★)
05. (涙の高速道路) Victor Records / VS-1155 / side B / 1963 (★★)

Sources:
1. profile in
2. profile in
3. my record collection and various Heibon and Myojo songbooks from 1963 and 1964.

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

His songs:
01. (別れても) Columbia Records / SA-749 / side A / November, 1961(★★★)
02. (花は散りゆく) Columbia Records / SAS-388 / side A / December, 1964 (★★★)
02. (年上の女) Columbia Records / SAS-388 / side B / December, 1964 (★★★★)

Takashi Irie (アイリー隆)

His songs:
01. (捨て身の恋) Teichiku Records / SN-414 / side A / September, 1966 (★★)
01. (お前を待つぜ) Teichiku Records / SN-414 / side B / September, 1966 (★★★★)
02. (赤い月) Teichiku Records / SN-446 / side A / January, 1967 (★★★)
02. (夜も泣いてる) Teichiku Records / SN-446 / side B / January, 1967 (★★★)
03. (カスバの女) Teichiku Records / SN-468 / side A / March, 1967 (★★★)
04. (消えた太陽) Teichiku Records / SN-488 / side A / April, 1967 (★★★)
04. (男の涙) Teichiku Records / SN-488 / side B / April, 1967 (★★★★)

Shirō Itsuki (五木詩郎)

His songs:
01. (やぶれかぶれの恋なんだ) King Records / BS-631 / side A / 1967 (★★)
01. (さいはて0番地) King Records / BS-631 / side B / 1967 (★★★★)

Hachiro Izawa (井沢八郎)

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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

His songs:
(浮草艶歌) Toshiba Records / JP-1627 / side B / 196? (★★★)
(艶歌一代) Toshiba Records / TR-1053 / side B / 196? (★★★)
(男の火山) Toshiba Records / TR-1076 / side A / 196? (★★★★)
(さいはて列車) Toshiba Records / TR-1076 / side B / 196? (★★★★)
(浮気舟) Toshiba Records / TR-1119 / side B / 196? (★★★★)
(涙の海峡) Toshiba Records / TP-1285 / side B / 196? (★★★★)
(麻里は何処にいる) Toshiba Records / TP-1383 / side B / 196? (★★★)
(津軽っ子) Toshiba Records / TP-1605 / side B / 196? (★★★)
(北国の夜) Toshiba Records / TP-2055 / side A / 196? (★★)
(男同志) Toshiba Records / TP-2055 / side B / 196? (★★★)
(男の世界, 男三味線) Toshiba Records / TP-4021 / side A / 196? (★★★★, ★★★★)
(ダンチョネ, しぶき舟) Toshiba Records / TP-4021 / side B / 196? (★★★★, ★★★★)
恋に泣く
里恋い相馬

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:

Shūji Kanō (叶修二)

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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

His songs:
(素敵なやつ) Polydor Records / SDR-1057 / side A / 196? (★★★)
(あの娘かわいい月見草) Polydor Records / SDR-1057 / side B / 196? (★★)
(夢でいいから) Polydor Records / SDR-1097 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
(いつもの人は) Polydor Records / SDR-1097 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
(すすきの丘) Polydor Records / SDR-1137 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
(涙にキッス) Polydor Records / SDR-1137 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
(アカシアの別れ) Polydor Records / SDR-1256 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
"Facade" (面影) Polydor Records / SDR-1256 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
(恋が消えた) Polydor Records / SDR-1424 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
(ローラに逢いたい) Polydor Records / SDR-1424 / side B / 19?? (★★)

Jun Kawamura (川村淳)

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His songs:
01. (泣かせるぜ) Victor Records / SV-143 / side A / 1958 (★★★★)
01. (十九の渡り鳥) Victor Records / SV-143 / side B / 1958 (★★)
(雨のギター弾き) (★★★★)
(想い出酒場) (★★★★)

Yoshio Kimoto (紀本ヨシオ)

His songs:
01. (今夜かぎりの恋だから) King Records / BS-3 / side A / 1964 (★★★★)
01. (夢を呼ぶ青い風) King Records / BS-3 / side B / 1964 (★)
02. (だから泣かないで) King Records / KO6S-449 / side A / 1965 (★★★★)
02. (涙のギター) King Records / KO6S-449 / side B / 1965 (★★)
03. (君を抱きしめたい) King Records / BS-486 / side A / 1966 (★★★)
03. (落葉の並木路) King Records / BS-486 / side B / 1966 (★★)
04. "Dance Party" (ダンスパーティー) King Records / BS-501 / side A / 1966 (★★★★)
04. "Ginza Serenade" (銀座セレナーデ) King Records / BS-501 / side B / 1966 (★★)
05. (知床の星) King Records / BS-633 / side A / 1967 (★★★★)
05. (眠れぬ夜) King Records / BS-633 / side B / 1967 (★★★★)
06. (カスマプゲ) King Records / BS-973 / side A / 1969 (★★★)
06. (あなたなんか嫌いさ) King Records / BS-973 / side B / 1969 (★)
(哀愁の湖) (★★★★)

Kōichi Kita (北耕一)

He was born on August 7, 1946, in the Tokachi District of Hokkaido. However, it's unknown whether he's currently alive or deceased.

He signed with King Records in 1965, and debuted with the song "First Love" (初恋).

His songs:
01. (初恋) King Records / BS-153 / side A / 1965 (★★★)
01. (五の木蔭) King Records / BS-153 / side B / 1965 (★★)
02. (夕陽の小径) King Records / BS-234 / side A / date unknown (★★★)
02. (あの娘は僕の花だった) King Records / BS-234 / side B / date unknown (★★★)
03. (東京の僕ふるさとの君) King Records / BS-420 / side A / 1966 (★)
03. (夢見る小径) King Records / BS-420 / side B / 1966 (★★★★)
04. (心に太陽唇に歌を) King Records / BS-471 / side A / 1966 (★★★)
04. (夕愁) King Records / BS-471 / side B / 1966 (★★★★)
05. (東京キャラバン) King Records / BS-525 / side A / 1966 (★★★)
05. (泣かせてごめんね) King Records / BS-525 / side B / 1966 (★★★)
06. (初恋ハーちゃん) King Records / BS-681 / side A / 1967 (★★★★)
06. (札幌は今日も霧だよ) King Records / BS-681 / side B / 1967 (★) 
07. (バラ色の雨) King Records / BS-729 / side A? / date unknown (★★★★)
07. (そよ風の少女) King Records / BS-729 / side B? / date unknown (★★)
08. (チロルの娘) King Records / BS-765 / side A / 1968 (★★★)
08. (新宿ひとり) King Records / BS-765 / side B / 1968 (★)
09. (愛の宝石) King Records / BS-810 / side A? / 1968 (★★★)
09. (今日だけの恋) King Records / BS-810 / side B? / 1968 (★★)
10. (旅恋) King Records / BS-884 / side A / 1968 (★★★★)
10. (ふたりの城) King Records / BS-884 / side B / 1968 (★★★★)
11. (花のいのち) King Records / BS-964 / side A / 1969 (★★★★)
11. (幸せの住む街) King Records / BS-964 / side B / 1969 (★★★★)
12. (小倉の女) King Records / BS-1033 / side A / 1969 (★★★)
12.(熱い雨) King Records / BS-1033 / side B / 1969 (★★)
13. (北そだち) King Records / GK-9009 / side A / 1979 (★★)
13. (karaoke version) King Records / GK-9009 / side B / 1979 (N/A)


Jun Kitagami (北上淳也)

His songs:
01. (好き好き好きと何回も) Crown Records / CW-389 / side A / 1965 (★★★★)
01. (俺だけの恋) Crown Records / CW-389 / side B / 1965 (★★★★)
さよならダンドリカ
僕はロンリーボーイ

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:

Kazuo Kitami (北見和夫)

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Real name: Kusumi Yoshinori (久須美嘉忠). He was born in the city of Kitami, Hokkaido, on November 7th, 1937. It's possible that he is still alive. It was reported by his sister on a blog post dated August 13th, 2015 that he was still living, but she also mentioned that he was in poor health.

After winning the title of "Mr. Novel Salon" in a contest for a new singer held by Novel Salon magazine, he signed with King Records and debuted on August 20th, 1958, with the song "Tokyo Mountains" (東京山脈).

His hobbies were: playing the drums and the guitar, table tennis, and watching movies. He was 170cm tall, and weighed 64kg (in 1958).

His songs:
01. "Tokyo Mountains" (東京山脈) (★★)
02. (別離の街) King Records / EB-286 / side A / March, 1960 (★★★★)
02. (夕焼け三度笠) King Records / EB-286 / side B / March, 1960 (★★★)
03. (雨の喫茶店) King Records / EB-332 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
04. (チョペット淋しいんだ) EB-441 (★)
05. (若様やくざ) King Records / EB-462 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
06. (ノサップ岬) King Records / EB-478 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
07. (君恋い舟唄) King Records / EB-491 / side B / 19?? (★★★★)
08. (鴛鴦道中) EB-510 (★)
09. (浅草の屋根の下) King records / EB-525 / side A / 19?? (★★★)
10. (涙をふいてお別れだ) King Records / EB-559 / side A / 19?? (★★★★)
11. (天竜そだちの渡り鳥) EB-644 (★★)
12. (花いっぱい音頭) King Records / EB-875 / side A / 1963 (★★★)
13. (街角の雨) King Records / BS-187 / side A / 1965 (★★★★)
(なさけ横丁) (★★★★)
(僕の東京) February, 1959
(就職列車) April, 1959
(恋人たち) May, 1960
(東京の風) September, 1960
(ブンチャッチャギター) November, 1960
雨の哀唱
東京の灯
デッキに上れよ
片道十円の恋
青森 - 東京 - 青森
ついてないね
はたちの誕生曰
思い出の山小屋
独航船
ついてないね
行く先アどこだい
恋のメトロプロムナード
造船所の男
北海の流し唄
東京の空はなぜ青い
緑の牧場
ちぎり音頭
高原の旅愁
岩国鵜飼音頭
北満だより
雪の進軍

Sources:
1. https://blue.ap.teacup.com/masamichi/1024.html
2. profile in Myojo's 1,000 Hit Song Collection karaoke book - 10/1958

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3. profile in the International Graphic Magazine "Entertainments" (Geinō Gahō), 5/1960

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Hiroshi Kubo (久保浩)

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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

Eiji Kuruma (車英二)

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His songs:
01. (恋の君、ぼく) Toshiba Records / TP-1496 / side A / 1967 (★★)  
01. (星をかぞえて) Toshiba Records / TP-1496 / side B / 1967 (★★★★)
初恋の道
君のひとみがぬれてると
白馬の乙女
からたちの白い花
遠い想い出
ロベリアを君に

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Anne (アン)

Author:Anne (アン)
43 years old / female
Wahiawā, Hawai'i

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

I'm also a member
of the Hawaii
Kokusei-kai
Shigin Association
since 2019.
(I began singing
in October, 2018.)


Contact me at: hello_risu@riseup.net


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

The profile
picture is
my artwork.

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