Kyu Sakamoto

Kyu Sakamoto | 坂本 九 | サカモト キュウ | さかもと  きゅう

Name in Japanese: 坂本 九, サカモト キュウ, さかもと きゅう

Birth name: Hisashi Oshima ( 大島 九)

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar

Born: December 10, 1941

Died: August 12, 1985

Years Active: 1958 - 1985

Kyu Sakamoto has the distinction of being the only Japanese artist to ever to score a #1 hit internationally. His song "Ue o Muite Aruko", known outside Japan as "Sukiyaki", went to #1 in the US Billboard charts, in 1963, and no Japanese act has managed to crack the top 40 since (Seiko Matsuda came closest with her single "The Right Combination" in 1990). "Sukiyaki" stands as proof that Japanese pop can have international appeal, and a as challenge, given...

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Siz added self as a fan of Kyu Sakamoto in February, 2010.

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Modcineaste added the Katakana name "キュウ" in December, 2009.

Modcineaste added the Katakana name "サカモト" in December, 2009.

Modcineaste added the Hiragana name "きゅう" in October, 2009.

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