I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for over 35 years, and have managed to collect hundreds of CDs during that time. So I decided I wanted to talk about Showa Era music with like-minded fans. My particular era is the 70s and 80s (thus the "kayo kyoku"). The plus part includes a number of songs and artists from the last 20 years and even some of the early stuff. So,let's talk about New Music, aidoru, City Pop and enka. (Sorry but music163 is now dead so ignore those links.)
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Junko Ohashi -- Tasogare My Love (たそがれマイ・ラブ）
"Tasogare My Love" (Sunset My Love) is another one of my favourite natsumero (懐メロ....nostalgic melodies) from the 1970s just from the arrangements and Junko Ohashi's (大橋純子）resonant voice. Nice sax in there, too. It was released in August 1978 and peaked at No. 2 on the Oricon charts. It also sold half a million records. It was first used as the theme for a TV drama, but I think the song has easily outlasted any memory of that show. And no surprise there considering the pedigree of the team responsible for creating it: lyricist Yu Aku（阿久悠）and composer Kyohei Tsutsumi（筒美京平）.