Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
A Song From Japan By Kyu Sakamoto
Kyu Sakamoto has the distinction of being the only Japanese artist to have a Number 1 song on the US music charts with the track, Sukiyaki.
A worldwide hit in 1963, the original Japanese title is Ue O Muite Aruko, meaning I Shall Walk Looking Up (So My Tears Won't Fall), a tale of isolation, sadness and a missing love. In the wake of the recent earthquake disaster in Japan, this title translation resounds profoundly for those families currently suffering loss and anguish.
The song was re-recorded with English lyrics by female duo A Taste of Honey in 1981 and this too was a highly successful Top 10 hit in America.
Always a favourite foreign language track of mine, let's celebrate this popular song, while remembering the sadness of what has occurred in Japan.
Sukiyaki | The Original Version
This is a 1960s television recording of Kyu Sakamoto singing Sukiyaki. The title was chosen for release in English-speaking countries for its ease of pronunciation and because the word is a familiar reminder of Japanese culture.
Sukiyaki: The Version By A Taste of Honey
This 1981 version of the song was recorded by A Taste of Honey, with English lyrics by vocalist Janice Marie Johnson.
Eighteen years later, the song had maintained its popularity and reached Number 3 on the American music charts.
Sukiyaki: The Version By 4 P.M.
Another version of Sukiyaki also reached the Top 10 of the US music charts.
This one is by RnB male group 4 P.M., who take A Taste of Honey's English lyrics and turn them into a soul/doo-wop combo. This track was also very successful in Australia and New Zealand.
The Sukiyaki Poll - Please Leave Your Vote!
Which version of Sukiyaki do you prefer?
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