Right from the start, Ozaki had a larger-than-life presence. Known for his tuxedo, huge sideburns and his booming voice, he definitely stood out on the stage. Though even his most ardent female Japanese fans wouldn't have thrown their underwear to him, he was often known as the Japanese version of Welsh singer Tom Jones. Strangely enough, he does have a personal link with the UK since his father was half-Japanese, half-British.
The song was once again the product of Yu Aku（阿久悠）and Kyohei Tsutsumi（筒美京平）. Originally meant as a jingle for a Sanyo air conditioner commercial, the song underwent two changes in titles and lyrics, it was third-time lucky when they finally found the right singer (ah...actually, it was a tad more complicated than that). Indeed, Ozaki's 2nd single spent 9 weeks from May to July 1971 at the top spot, and was the 3rd-ranking song of the year. It also earned the Grand Prize at the Japan Record Awards and became a million seller.
The video above shows a young Ozaki at the Japan Record Awards performing his signature tune. My personal thought about the song is that this was the right song for him. With that voice of his, he could convey that feeling of hope despite the parting that is described in the lyrics. And what a great title for a singer to leave this mortal coil on.