Kyu Sakamoto (坂本 九, Sakamoto Kyū; born as: 大島 九, Ōshima Hisashi ; Kawasaki10 december 1941 - Gunma12 August 1985) was a Japanese singer-songwriter and actor.


[hide]*1 Biography


Sakamoto was born in Kawasaki, he was the youngest of nine children. His call sign is Kyū (九), which is Japanese for ' nine '. Sakamoto is a cousin of the free jazzsaxophonist Kaoru Abe. Sakamoto began singing in high school and quickly became popular. In 1958, he was a singer in the Japanese pop band ' The Drifters '.

One of his best known and most beloved songs was "Ashita ga aru sa (there's always tomorrow). The song was covered by the Japanese bandUlfuls in 2001. Sakamoto was closely involved in the welfare of the elderly, young people and disabled people in Japan. His song "Ashita ga aru sawas also the theme song of the summer Paralympics were held in Tokyo in 1964.

Sakamoto had an international hit In 1963 with Ue o muite arukō, the song that has become known worldwide under the title: "Sukiyaki".

On 12 August 1985 came Kyu Sakamoto died in a plane crash with his Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed when it hit the mountain ridge of the Takamagahara in GunmaPrefecture, some 100 kilometers outside of Tokyo. Before the plane crashed has still a farewell note Sakamoto can write to his wife, Yukiko Kashiwagi, with whom he had his two daughters Hanako and Maiko. Kyu Sakamoto is 43 years old.


His most popular song, SukiyakiUe o muite arukō that actually is called, concerned Sakamoto international renown. The song was in 1963 in the charts in both the United Statesand Japan . In the United States for three weeks at the top of the Sukiyaki was Billboard Hot 100 list and was also the first and only fully Japanese-language song that that listing ever obtained. The song lyrics were written by Rokusuke Ei and the music was composed by Hachidai Nakamura. The song text tells of a man who looks up while running so as to prevent his tears fall in every season of the year.

Sakamoto has only with one other song in the foreign charts within find out. It's Chinese nights (Shina no yoru) took out number 58 on the singles chart in 1963. His only American album, Sukiyaki and other Japanese hits (Capitol 10349), peaked in 1963 and stayed 17 weeks in the u.s. charts are.

On 16 March 1999, the Japanese posterij Japan Post issued a stamp in which a man with his head raised runs. The stamp refers to the story that is told in the song of Sakamoto.

Culinary Association[Edit]Edit

The song is called Sukiyaki unofficially because one the original Japanese title it deemed too complex for the American public. Therefore became a well-known Word chosen that people would associate with Japan; even though the word Sukiyaki no as such related to the story that is told in the song. A columnist of the magazine Newsweek commented that the hertiteling would be similar with the release of the songMoon River in Japan under the title: Beef Stew (beef stew). In all likelihood, this association with food made because Sukiyaki is a popular Japanese stew. Despite this fact the song was still successful in the foreign public.


  • Sukiyaki And Other Japanese Hits (1963)
  • Kyu Sakamoto Memorial Best (2005)
  • Kyu Sakamoto CD & DVD The best (2005)

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number with listing (s)

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Sukiyaki - - - - - - - 1870 - - 1662 1533 1609 1679 1680


  • Subete Ga Kurutteru (1960)
  • Kigeki: ekimae daanen (1961)
  • Ushichi jini such aimasho (1963)
  • Shiawase nara to o tatake "Slap in your hands when you're happy." (1964)
  • Garibā no Uchū Ryokō "Gulliver's travels beyond the Moon" (1965)
  • Kyu-chan no Dekkai Yume '"Kyu-CHAN's big dream" (1967)
  • Tokkan (1975)



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