The answer was a social phenomenon. Once "Namida no Request"(A Tearful Request) got out, these guys from Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture probably ended up in every schoolgirl's dreams and record rack. One of my old friends in university who was officially a landed immigrant from Japan repeatedly played "The Checkers"on her stereo in her apartment while whispering the lead singer's name....like the wind.
Fumiya Fujii （藤井フミヤ）is his name, and initially, musical tributes to the 50s was his game. "Namida no Request"was the 2nd single released by The Checkers in January 1984. However, it was the first song recorded by the band. No matter....it zipped up to No. 2 on the Oricon weeklies and became the 4th-best selling song of 1984. The lyricist, Masao Urino（売野雅勇） (who has also written songs for that other big doo-wop group Rats & Star), got his inspiration for the hit from watching George Lucas' "American Graffiti". The song was also included as a track on the band's first album, "Zettai Checkers!"(絶対チェッカーズ！....Absolute Checkers!) which reached the No. 1 spot on the album charts. In fact, "Zettai Checkers!" has the record of having the most number of LPs sold in one week., which was attained the week after it had been released in July 1984. The achievement was never eclipsed right until the end of the LP sales statistic in 1989.
The video above has the band singing the song somewhat later in their career, their fashion looking like a cross between M.C. Hammer and United Colors of Benetton.