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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Chikaco Sawada -- Happy Ever After
Although I will always associate Chikaco Sawada（沢田知可子） with her big hit, the heartwrenching "Aitai"（会いたい）from 1990, I also liked this song by her which I first heard from one of her BEST compilations. It was actually a cover of Julia Fordham's 1988"Happy Ever After", but Sawada's version was the one I heard first. It came out as the singer's 6th single in September 1989, several months before "Aitai". What I've liked about it is Sawada's gentle way of singing it although I could also feel some of the sense of joy and power through the chorus and the African percussion.
Fordham was responsible for the original music and lyrics but Chihiro Sawa（沢ちひろ） provided the Japanese words for Sawada.
Above is the original by Julia Fordham.
And here is another guest cameo by Miku Hatsune! Enjoy!