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Monday, September 8, 2014
Yujiro Ishihara/Yuzo Kayama -- Yogiri yo Konya mo Arigatou (夜霧よ今夜も有難う)
Written by the late musician Kuranosuke Hamaguchi (浜口 庫之助) and released in 1967, the bluesy single 'Yogiri yo Konya mo Arigatou' ('Thanks for the night fog tonight' when literally translated) was also the theme song for the movie of the same name that came out in the same year, featuring Ishihara himself as the lead - of course - and actress Ruriko Asaoka (浅丘ルリ子) as the leading lady.
The song itself did well and was another big hit for the big fella (the guy stood at an imposing 183cm!), selling about 2.5 million singles. Not too sure how the movie did though, but I'm sure it was well received since you've got one equivalent to the Wakadaisho being the front man.
Speaking of the Wakadaisho, Yuzo Kayama (加山雄三) did a cover of this song - not too sure when though - and I suppose it is sort of a tribute to Tough Guy as well. His version is faster in pace but still as bluesy as the original with that husky voice of his.