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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hiromi Ohta -- Momen no Handkerchief (木綿のハンカチーフ)

One of those evergreen kayo kyoku tunes that never fades, "Momen no Handkerchief"(Cotton Handkerchief) was sung by fresh-faced Hiromi Ohta(太田裕美) who was raised in Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture. Perennially played on any televised nostalgia special on music, the Takashi Matsumoto/Kyohei Tsutsumi(松本隆・筒美京平)song spoke on a long-distance relationship between a guy who has gone to the big city (i.e. Tokyo) and the gal he left behind in his hometown. The arrangement has that classic 70s combination of guitar and strings and the high voice of Ohta-san.

Released just before Christmas Day in 1975, "Momen no Handkerchief", her 4th single, peaked at No. 2 on the Oricon weeklies and became the 4th-ranked song for 1976. It became Ohta's biggest hit and is basically her trademark song. It is also included on her 3rd album, "Kokoro ga Kaze wo Hiita Hi"(心が風邪をひいた日.....The Day My Heart Caught A Cold) which had been released a couple of weeks earlier.

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