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Friday, April 20, 2012

Ami Ozaki -- My Pure Lady

Ami Ozaki(尾崎亜美) was born in Kyoto in 1957. Along with being a veteran singer of mellow ballads and medium-tempo pop tunes, she has written and composed hit songs for other big names such as Anri(杏里) and Seiko Matsuda(松田聖子). It was her 3rd single, "My Pure Lady" in February 1977, that was the breakthrough hit for her. Originally written as a jingle for a Shiseido cosmetics commercial, the single release was given more of an appealing bossa nova touch. It rose up to No. 4 on the Oricon weeklies. I've always enjoyed her songs since they're the ones that can be heard while having a nice cup of tea.

Ozaki was actually born Misuzu Ozaki(尾崎美鈴). Her stage name of Ami came from the French word for "friend".

This is the 1977 Shiseido commercial featuring "My Pure Lady". The young lady with the binoculars is popular model Asami Kobayashi (小林麻美)who had her own singing career from 1972. Arguably her most famous hit was a cover version of "I Love Chopin"by Gazebo.

P.S. Ozaki also helped out as backing vocal on Yuming's hit album, "The 14th Moon" in 1976.

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