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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Misato Watanabe -- Niji wo Mitakai (虹をみたかい)

Misato Watanabe(渡辺美里) has that voice which can knock a ball out of the park just on her vocal cords. She unleashes that power on "Niji wo Mitakai"(Have You Seen The Rainbow?) as she rocks out with that resonant voice of hers. Released in October 1989, it was written by Misato and composed by Yasuyuki Okamura(岡村靖幸).

This was her 15th single and up to now, it remains her last No. 1 song; Watanabe has two No. 1s, the other one being her 4th single "My Revolution"in 1986 (already profiled). However, no need to be sorry since she's had a lot of her singles penetrate the Top 10.

 Her lungs were, and hopefully still are, mighty powerful. The song was also a track on her 6th album, "Tokyo"(released in July 1990), which also hit the No. 1 spot on the album charts. The song itself became the 58th-ranked single in 1989 while "Tokyo"became the 4th-ranked album of 1990. (Thanks again to for the rankings information)

The song also became the jingle for Maxell Cassette Tapes, which is where I first heard the song, and was thrilled enough to grab "Tokyo". Another hit, "Summertime Blues"is also on it which provided added incentive.

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