Todays Doodle celebrates Japanese singer and actor Kyu Sakamoto, on the 59th anniversary of the release of the record including his notorious tune “Ue o Muite Aruko” (“Let’s Look Up As We Walk”, 1961).
Following its delivery in English business sectors under the title “Sukiyaki,” the passionate tune turned into the principal Japanese track to sell 1,000,000 duplicates just as the first by an Asian account craftsman to head the American Billboard Chart.
Kyu Sakamoto was conceived Hisashi Oshima on December tenth, 1941 in Kawasaki, Japan. His dad’s ninth youngster, he was nicknamed “Kyu,” a substitute perusing of his first name (九), which means the number nine.
Sakamoto started his profession at age 16 as a back-up performer before he chose to take his risks as an independent craftsman. The move immediately took care of when he was marked to a record name the next year.
Sakamoto saw accomplishment in Japan, promoting numerous pop hits and appearances in motion pictures and TV shows. After a jazz front of “Ue o Muite Aruko” turned into a hit in the U.K., Sakamoto’s unique was delivered in the U.S. under the name “Sukiyaki,” catapulting him to global fame.
A demonstration of its incredible achievement, an instrumental rendition of “Sukiyaki” got one of the primary tunes sent over the radio to space explorers in space in 1965!
Plan to utilize his popularity for good, Sakamoto helped bring up assets for kids with incapacities all through his profession, including holding a show to profit the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics.
Here’s to you, Kyu!