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Monday, October 1, 2012

Kentaro Shimizu -- Shitsuren Resutoran (失恋レストラン)

Kentaro Shimizu(清水健太郎) started out as an actor and tarento when he got his big musical break with "Shitsuren Resutoran"(Heartbreak Restaurant). Written and composed by R&B singer Hiro Tsunoda(つのだ☆ひろ) (he was the deep voice at the very beginning of Akemi Ishii's 1986 hit "Cha-Cha-Cha"), the song is a kayo kyoku funk classic with all of the Rhodes Piano and guitar and horns....just has that cool urban sound that I enjoyed in 70s Japanese pop.

Released in November 1976, Shimizu's debut single was a monster hit which spent a month at the top of the Oricon charts in 1977, and became the 9th-ranking song of that year. He also won the Newcomer's Award at the Japan Record Awards and an invitation to perform at that year's Kohaku Utagassen.

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