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Kyōhei Tsutsumi
Kyōhei Tsutsumi
Birth nameEikichi Watanabe
Also known asJack Diamond
Born(1940-05-28)May 28, 1940
OriginUshigome, Tokyo, Japan
DiedOctober 7, 2020(2020-10-07) (aged 80)
GenresPop, rock, kayokyoku, soft rock, enka, easy listening
Occupation(s)Composer, music producer, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, harpsichord
Years active1963–present
LabelsSony, EMI, Victor, King, Nippon Columbia
Kyōhei Tsutsumi (筒美 京平, Tsutsumi Kyouhei) (born Eikichi Watanabe, May 28, 1940 - October 7, 2020), was a Japanese composer, record producer and arranger.
Tsutsumi began his career as a songwriter circa 1966, and he came to prominence as a composer of Ayumi Ishida's chart-topping hit "Blue Light Yokohama" in the late 1960s. He has released nearly 3,000 compositions to date, over 500 of which have entered the Japanese Oricon singles chart. Tsutsumi is the most commercially successful composer of the Japanese popular music of last five decades, selling over 76 million units on the country's single chart from 1968 onwards.
Two of his compositions won the grand prix of Japan Record Award— "Mata Au Hi Made" performed by Kiyohiko Ozaki in 1971 and "Miserarete" by Judy Ongg in 1979. Tsutsumi himself has also won the awards for best songwriting category for five times. Recognized for his long-term contribution to establish Japanese popular music, Tsutsumi received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the Government of Japan in November 2003.
Tsutsumi died of aspiration pneumonia on October 7, 2020, after home recuperation, at age 80.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Selected discography
3.1 Studio albums
3.2 Number-one hits on the Oricon singles chart
3.3 Compilation and tribute albums
4 Further reading
5 References
Early life
Eikichi Watanabe (渡辺 栄吉, Watanabe Eikichi) was born on May 28, 1940 in Ushigome, Tokyo City, now part of Shinjuku Ward. He was a student of Aoyama Gakuin, one of the most prestigious educational institutes in Japan. Watanabe learned piano when he was in kindergarten, and joined the college's jazz club in his teen years. After graduating from University, Watanabe worked as a director of Nippon Grammophone, a Japanese record label in which later changed its name to Polydor Japan and now owned by Universal Music Group. Tadataka Watanabe, his younger brother, became a record executive too, who has been chief producer of Warner Music Japan and well known as a discoverer of multi-million selling folk-rock duo Kobukuro.
Career
On the suggestion of a composer Jun Hashimoto, his senior graduate of University, Watanabe began his songwriting career under the pen name Kyohei Tsutsumi. "Kiiroi Lemon", his first recorded compositions co-written by Hashimoto and sung by then-unknown Masato Shimon (using stage name Kōichi Fuji), was issued as a single in 1966. However, it was initially released as a work composed by Kōichi Sugiyama, and Tsutsumi's name was not credit on the original pressing of the record.
Tsutsumi's first hit, "Barairo no Kumo", was performed by the Village Singers and released as a single in 1967. He rose to fame in 1969, after release of "Blue Light Yokohama" recorded by singer and actress Ayumi Ishida. It was released as a single on Christmas Day of 1968 and topped the Japanese Oricon sales chart in the following year, becoming the fifth record to have sold over 1 million copies since the chart started counting sales in 1968. As a composer of the song, Tsutsumi won the 11th Japan Record Awards for the best songwriting category on December 31, 1969.
Selected discography
Studio albums
During the late 1960s and the 1970s, Tsutsumi released following his own albums. Most of those efforts were reissued in 2006, as part of compilation series entitled Kyohei Tsutsumi Solo Works Collection released by five different labels — EMI Music Japan, Sony Music Entertainment, King Records, Victor Entertainment, and Nippon Columbia.
Album
Details
Piano ga Utau "Osanai Hi" (ピアノが歌う“幼い日”)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1968
Label: King Records
Cembalo Deluxe Vol.1: Koi no Kisetsu (恋の季節)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1968
Label: King Records
Cembalo Deluxe Vol.2: Nanairo no Shiawase (七色のしあわせ)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1969
Label: King Records
Cembalo Deluxe Vol.3: Ano Hi Nagisa de... (あの日渚で…)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1969
Label: King Records
Futatsu no Hoshi (二つの星)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and Kunihiko Suzuki
Released: July 10, 1969
Label: Nippon Columbia
Hit Piano Touch
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi Orchestra
Released: 1969
Label: Toshiba EMI
Hit! Hit! Hit!: "Shiranaide Aisarete/Koibito" (知らないで愛されて/恋人)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi Orchestra
Released: March 1970
Label: Nippon Columbia
Easy Listening Deluxe Album: Kyohei Tsutsumi Hit Original Sound by 16-ch System
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi Orchestra
Released: 1970
Label: Victor
Headlight
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi Orchestra
Released: May 10, 1970
Label: Nippon Columbia
Bacharach Meet the Beatles
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1971
Label: King Records
Dynamic Young Hit Deluxe
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and the Feather Tones
Released: 1971
Label: Toshiba EMI
Tsutsumi Kyohei no Hibiki (筒美京平の響)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and Sound Now Orchestra
Released: 1972
Label: Sony
Seishun no Harmony: Mirai kara Kita Tegami (青春のハーモニー~未来からきた手紙~)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and Sound Now Orchestra
Released: 1972
Label: Sony
Eiko e no Dasshutsu (栄光への脱出)
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and Sound Now Orchestra
Released: 1972
Label: Victor
Spectacle Sound by Special Request
Performer: Kyohei Tsutsumi and Silver Strings
Released: 1973
Label: Toshiba EMI
Hit Machine: Tsutsumi Kyohei no Sekai (筒美京平の世界)
Performer: Doctor Dragon and the Oriental Express
Released: 1976
Label: Toshiba EMI
Number-one hits on the Oricon singles chart
Year
Single
Performer
Lyricist
1968
"Blue Light Yokohama" (ブルー・ライト・ヨコハマ)
Ayumi Ishida
Jun Hashimoto
1971
"Mata Au Hi Made" (また逢う日まで)
Kiyohiko Ozaki
Yū Aku
1973
"Akai Fūsen" (赤い風船)
Miyoko Asada
Kazumi Yasui
"Watashi no Kare wa Hidari-kiki" (わたしの彼は左きき)
Megumi Asaoka
Kazuya Senke
1974
"Yoroshiku Aishū" (よろしく哀愁)
Hiromi Gō
Kazumi Yasui
"Amai Seikatsu" (甘い生活)
Gorō Noguchi
Michio Yamagami
1975
"Romance"
Hiromi Iwasaki
Yū Aku
"Sentimental"
1979
"Miserarete (Theme of Aegean Sea)" (魅せられて (エーゲ海のテーマ))
Judy Ongg
Yōko Aki
"Sexual Violet No. 1"
Masahiro Kuwana
Takashi Matsumoto
1980
"Sneaker Blues" (スニーカーぶる~す)
Masahiko Kondō
1981
"Blue Jeans Memory"
"Gingiragin ni Sarigenaku" (ギンギラギンにさりげなく)
Ayumi Date
1982
"Jōnetsu Neppū Serenade" (情熱熱風せれなーで)
Ayumi Date
"Furarete Banzai" (ふられてBANZAI)
Takashi Matsumoto
"Harajuku Kiss" (原宿キッス)
Toshihiko Tahara
Akira Miyashita
"Shower na Kibun" (シャワーな気分)
Tokuko Miura
"Horetaze! Kanpai" (ホレたぜ! 乾杯)
Masahiko Kondō
Takashi Matsumoto
1983
"Midnight Station"
"Tameiki Rockabilly" (ためいきロ・カ・ビ・リー)
"Royal Straight Flush"
1984
"Ichiban Yarō" (一番野郎)
Masao Urino
"Meikyu no Androla" (迷宮のアンドローラ)
Kyōko Koizumi
Takashi Matsumoto
"Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge" (ヤマトナデシコ七変化)
Chinfa Kang
1985
"Majo" (魔女)
Takashi Matsumoto
"Nantettatte Idol" (なんてったってアイドル)
Yasushi Akimoto
"Kamen Butōkai" (仮面舞踏会)
Shōnentai
Tetsuya Chiaki
1987
"Ballad no You ni Nemure" (バラードのように眠れ)
Takashi Matsumoto
"Naimono Nedari no I Want You" (ないものねだりのI Want You)
C-C-B
1987
"Mizu no Rouge" (水のルージュ)
Kyōko Koizumi
"Stripe Blue"
Shōnentai
"Sayonara no Kajitsu Tachi" (さよならの果実たち)
Yōko Oginome
Masao Urino
"Kimi Dake ni" (君だけに)
Shōnentai
Chinfa Kang
"Naite Mirya Iijan" (泣いてみりゃいいじゃん)
Masahiko Kondo
"ABC"
Shōnentai
Takashi Matsumoto
1988
"Jirettai ne" (じれったいね)
Hiromi Mori
1994
"Tenca wo Torō (Uchida no Yabō)" (TENCAを取ろう―内田の野望)
Yuki Uchida
Kohmi Hirose, Sora Kawasaki
1999
"Yamenaide, Pure" (やめないで、Pure)
KinKi Kids
Takashi Matsumoto
2003
"Ambitious Japan!
Tokio
Rei Nakanishi
Compilation and tribute albums
Various artists - Hit Story: Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 Volume 1 (4-CD box set) (1997, Sony)
Various artists - Hit Story: Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 Volume 2 (4-CD box set) (1997, Sony)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / Soul & Disco (1998, Victor)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / 60's Rare Tracks (1998, Victor)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / 70's Collection (1998, Victor)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / 80's Girlie Pop (1998, Victor)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / Polygram Girls Pop (1998, New Taurus)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / Polygram GS and Guys (1998, New Taurus)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / Columbia Edition Vol.1 60's and 70's (1998, Nippon Columbia)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / GS and Rarities (1998, Toshiba EMI)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks / Girls Pop 80's (1998, Toshiba EMI)
Ayumi Ishida - Kyohei Tsutsumi Tracks (2-CD) (1998, Nippon Columbia)
Yukari Itō - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks (1998, Nippon Columbia)
Goro Noguchi - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks (1998, New Taurus)
Miki Hirayama - Kyohei Tsutsumi Ultra Best Tracks (1998, Nippon Columbia)
Saori Minami - Golden Best: Cynthia Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi (2-CD) (2002, Sony)
Yukiji Asaoka - Golden Best: Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi (2002, Sony)
Miki Hirayama - Golden Best: Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi and More (2003, Sony)
Sumiko Sakamoto - Golden Best (2003, Sony)
YuYa - Idol Miracle Bible Series: Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi and More (2003, Sony)
Yū Hayami - Golden Best: Yu Hayami/Kyohei Tsutsumi Pops Best (2003, Universal)
Various artists - The Hit Maker (6-CD box set) (2006, Sony)
Various artists - Kyohei Disco Night: Kyohei Tsutsumi Remix (2007, Nippon Columbia)
Various artists - Kyohei Tsutsumi Tribute: The Popular Music (2007, Universal)
Chiyo Okumura - Chiyo Tsutsumi Kyohei o Utau (2010, HotWax/Solid)
Yūko Asano - Golden Best Limited: Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi (2011, Sony)
Hiroyuki Okita - Golden Best Limited: Sings Kyohei Tsutsumi (2011, Sony)
Various artists - Mayonaka no Bossa Nova: Jun Hashimoto and Kyohei Tsutsumi Golden Album Around 1969 (2012, Nippon Columbia)
Further reading
Takanami, Takaaki; Morimitsu, Atsuo (1998). 筒美京平の世界 (in Japanese). Toshima, Tokyo: Burrn Corporation/Shinko Music. ISBN 4-401-70139-9.
Takanami, Takaaki; Morimitsu, Atsuo (2011). 筒美京平の世界 ] (in Japanese). P-Vine Books. ISBN 978-4-906700-00-4. 
Takahashi, Tadayuki (2000). 紅白50回〜栄光と感動の全記録 (in Japanese). NHK Service Center.
Ko, Mamoru (2008). 歌謡曲 名曲名盤ガイド 作曲家編 1959 - 1980 (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo: Shinko Music Entertainment. ISBN 978-4-401-75123-5.
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