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 28, 2012

Linda Yamamoto -- Dounimo Tomaranai (どうにもとまらない)

Linda Yamamoto(山本リンダ) from Kita-Kyushu. If there is one lasting image from the 1970s kayo kyoku scene, she would be part of it. About as far from the cutey-pie aidoru image of Agnes Chan as one can get, she probably had both men and women dropping their jaws at her while she just galloped all over the stage in her bell-bottoms and midriff-baring top. I just marvel that she could sing coherently in that husky voice of hers while boom-shakalaka-ing like that....a marvel of Japanese technology and biomechanics.

The daughter of a Japanese woman and a US serviceman who died early in her life, she debuted in 1966 at the age of 15. "Dounimo Tomaranai"(Just Can't Stop) was her 20th single, released in June 1972, and it's the song that has become her trademark. It peaked at No. 3 on the Oricon weeklies and sold over 300,000 records. The lyrics and music were provided by Yu Aku(阿久悠) and Shunichi Togura(都倉俊一) respectively, the same team which would later write many of Pink Lady's hits.

I just had to also show her performance at the 1972 Kohaku Utagassen because of that iconic performance. Much fainting ensued.

Purely fantasy thought: if someone ever did a biopic of her, I would cast Reiko Aylesworth ("24", "Hawaii Five-O")....just putting it out there.


  1. I guess the first video you shared was the ending for the anime Legendz? Seemed the singer has changed the lyrics to suit the story. Anyways, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello there.

      Thanks for letting me know. I was fortunate in finding the original recorded version.


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