Akira Terao（寺尾聡） has had a long and varied career since he started as a bassist with the Group Sounds band, The Savage, in 1965. He's now known mostly as a dramatic actor and commercial pitchman. Somewhere in between the two endpoints, he starred for a few years as a detective in the police drama "Seibu Keisatsu"(西部警察....West Division Police) between 1979 and 1982. And in 1981, he became something that I'm fairly sure even he hadn't bargained for: a music superstar.
On April 5 1981, his second of his solo original albums was launched called "Reflections". The cover had him in zipped-up jacket and jeans, smoking a ciggie whose end somehow traced out "Love". Aside from the "Love", it was a pretty shibui (渋い....ruggedly cool) image. Terao composed all of the songs which he sang in a low crooning rumble with a nighttime City Pop arrangement; reminiscent of the neighbourhood in which his detective character Takeshi Matsuda patrolled.
"Reflections" became the No. 1 album of the year and sold 1.6 million discs. And it occupied the No. 1 weekly position from April 13 to June 29. In a year where aidoru were popping up like rabbits, this was no mean feat. And three of the songs ranked in the Top 100.
The most famous track on the album is "Ruby no Yubiwa"(ルビーの指輪.....A Ruby Ring), a song of lost love. The opening notes with the guitar are famous, and the entire song dares to be played in a hotel-top bar over a whiskey-on-the-rocks. This song itself also covered itself in glory as it became the No. 1 single of the year, won 3 prizes at the year-end Japan Record Awards, and got Terao his first appearance at the Kohaku Utagassen; he would appear a second time in 2007 to play an updated version of "Ruby no Yubiwa".
Thanks to J-Wiki.