It was a pretty darn good lineup on tonight's "Kayo Concert" on NHK. The theme was once again duets but this time, the producers decided to split up the lyrics for non-duet kayo and give them to the pairs. It worked the majority of the time although I wasn't quite sold on Rimi Natsukawa and Hiromi Go on that old Momoe Yamaguchi tune. Anyways, I have a feeling that for the remainder of this week, I'll be putting up a number of the songs that I heard for the first time from that episode including a couple of 2015 songs. This one, though, is definitely in the yesteryear column.
It's been a while since I put up a Group Sounds song but I heard this one on "Kayo Concert" by The Golden Cups, a band whose name I've heard over the years alongside other similar bands such as The Tigers and The Spiders but didn't know their discography. "Nagai Kami no Shojo" (The Long-Haired Girl) was the band's 3rd single from April 1968 and was created by Jun Hashimoto and Kunihiko Suzuki（橋本淳・鈴木邦彦）. Just hearing the original version right now, it's got that familiar twangy guitar sound and lead vocal here Mamoru Manu（マモル・マヌー）plaintively calls out to that supposedly lonely long-haired girl and offer solace after a breakup. It rose as high as No. 14 on Oricon.