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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Keiko Takeshita -- Kekkon Shitemo Ii desu ka (結婚してもいいですか)

Never thought that I would ever see actress Keiko Takeshita(竹下景子)within the pages of this blog.

That's simply because I was so accustomed to seeing her on commercials and quiz shows as a tarento and thespian.

However, I should've known better since there has been that custom of actors becoming singers and vice versa back in the earlier days of Japanese entertainment. And so sure enough, Takeshita managed to release 6 singles in her short singing career during the late 1970s to early 1980s. That includes her debut single "Kekkon Shitemo Ii desu ka" (Is It OK If I Get Married?) from 1978.

I rather like this one for its simple old-fashioned melody by Yuuji Nakamura(中村ゆうじ)and lyrics by the late Tsuzuru Nakasato(中里綴). Plus, I gotta say that the young Takeshita had a pretty nice voice, somewhat reminiscent of Hiroko Yakushimaru(薬師丸ひろ子). In the song, the actress sounds as if she is writing a letter to a secret beau who has either gone away or made himself scarce to say that her mother has introduced a prospective life partner and that she will be devoting herself to that fellow if the secret beau doesn't say anything. No pressure there.

Takeshita also released 3 albums up to 1982.

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