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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Yu Hayami -- Nagisa no Lion (渚のライオン)

Not quite as famous as her 5th single and breakthrough hit, "Natsu Iro no Nancy"(夏色のナンシー), Yu Hayami's(早見優)6th single "Nagisa no Lion" (Beach Lion) from July 1983 was still a song that ended up one of those compilation tapes that I bought at Wah Yueh many moons ago.

Written by the same duo behind "Natsu Iro no Nancy", Kyohei Tsutsumi and Yoshiko Miura(三浦徳子・筒美京平), "Nagisa no Lion" is another summery aidoru tune which has less soaring and more Charleston than the preceding song. The lyrics talk about that hunk on the beach who has got all of the girls' eyes trained on him....think of Chris Hemsworth in his Speedo strutting on the sand. Now that the good weather has finally arrived here even in my burg, I'm sure there are probably going to be a lot of folks hitting the sea...or lake, as it were, over here.

"Nagisa no Lion" got as high as No. 10 and ended up as the 77th-ranked song of 1983. The Force was definitely with her during those days.

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