Kiyotaka Sugiyama

Kiyotaka Sugiyama (杉山清貴, Sugiyama Kiyotaka; born July 17, 1959[1][2] in Isogo-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese singer-songwriter.

Kiyotaka Sugiyama
Born (1959-07-17) July 17, 1959 (age 63)
EducationYokosuka Gakuin High School [jp]
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
  • Triangle Productions
  • Horipro
  • Island Afternoon Co., Ltd
Musical career
GenresJ-pop · soft rock
Years active1978–present
Japanese name
Hiraganaすぎやま きよたか
Katakanaスギヤマ キヨタカ
Kiyotaka Sugiyama signature.svg

Sugiyama's career began after joining the band "Kyutipanchosu," and subsequently winning 19th Popcon with the single, "Gospel No Yoru." After being scouted by producer Koichi Fujita, Sugiyama's band became "Kiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe," releasing five studio albums that all ranked on the Oricon charts. After breaking up the band in December 1985, he went on to have a successful solo career.


Early life and careerEdit

Sugiyama was born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama on July 17, 1959 to his father, a police officer, and his mother, a shamisen teacher.[3] While in elementary school, he wanted to be a manga artist and was invited to his friend Miura's house to make a manga. While in his friend's home, Miura's brother listened to The Beatles, and borrowed the record to listen to while drawing.[4] He stopped drawing after and bought Let It Be in 5th grade with his own pocket money.[5] He attended Yokohama Municipal Okamura Junior High School and Yokosuka Gakuin High School. In 1980, he became the lead vocalist of the band "Kyutipanchosu," which won the 19th Popcon with their song, "Gospel No Yoru." After the debut of Kyutipanchosu and receiving the Popcon prize, Sugiyama was unsatisfied with the song, feeling that it was incomplete. He refused the invitation from Popcon and sought to make his own debut. Koichi Fujita, a producer who was president of Triangle Productions, paid attention to Sugiyama after the win, presenting Sugiyama with an idea to change the band's name. In 1983, the band changed their name from "Kyutipanchosu" to "Kiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe," debuting with the single, "Summer Suspicion."[6][7][8][9]

Kiyotaka Sugiyama and Omega TribeEdit

The band included, of the Kyutipanchosu members, guitarist Shinji Takashima, new members Keiichi Hiroishi for drums, Takao Oshima for bass, and Kenji Yoshida for guitar, and replaced keyboardist Akira Senju with Toshitsugu Nishihara. "Summer Suspicion" peaked at No. 9 on the Oricon charts while their freshman album, Aqua City, reached No. 4. The band continued to make music until the end of 1985, when Sugiyama proposed that the group have a "developmental dissolution" and break up. Takashima and Nishihara initially opposed the dissolution, but the group decided that it would happen, and the greatest hits album, Single's History, would be the last album. At the suggestion of producer Tetsuji Hayashi, it was decided that they would make another album called First Finale. First Finale was released on December 11, 1985, with the band breaking up 13 days later.

Solo debut and careerEdit

After the band disbanded, Sugiyama went to have a solo career as a vocalist. On May 28, 1986, he debuted with the single "Sayonara no Ocean," which peaked at No. 3 on the Oricon charts and sold 20 million copies.[10][11][12] On May 27, 1987, he released his third single, "Mizu no Naka no Answer," which gave Sugiyama the No. 1 spot on the Oricon charts and gave Sugiyama his first solo hit on the Oricon charts.[13][14][8] In 1990, he transferred from VAP to Warner Pioneer, and sometime after, transferred from Triangle Productions to Horipro.

In 2000, he was re-signed to VAP. Sometime after, he left Horipro and became independent, establishing Masterwork Co., Ltd. before reorganizing the company as Island Afternoon Co., Ltd. In 2006, Sugiyama decided to hold a concert for the 20th anniversary of his solo debut, with the order of the songs being decided by vote on the Internet. The "Solo debut 20th Anniversary The Open Air Live High & High 2006" concert was scheduled on August 6, but cancelled due to Sugiyama's poor condition at the time. Sugiyama commented, "It's the first time I've been living for 47 years and being so conscious of a cold. I'd like to continue my musical activities for the next 30 or 40 years." The event was rescheduled on September 10, with 3,000 fans gathering.[15][16]

In 2013, he transferred from Warner Pioneer to King on the 30th anniversary of Omega Tribe's debut, and held tour for his 30th anniversary called "I Am Me."[17] He held the tour "The Open Air Live "High & High 2016"" at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in 2016.[8][18] He released the album "Ocean" in 2016.[19][20]

In 2016, he sang a duet with actress and singer Momoko Kikuchi in the song "Kaze no Kioku." The two had previously starred in the movie Idol wo Sagase as siblings. Yasushi Akimoto, who had written songs for Sugiyama during the Omega Tribe era, wrote the song.[21]

In 2019, he made his first appearance in Nippon BS Broadcasting's Momoiro Uta Gassen (ももいろ歌合戦).

Public imageEdit

Sugiyama was known to wear a pair of sunglasses during concerts and in pictures. He did not wear sunglasses at the beginning of his career, but shortly thereafter, appeared in the media in black sunglasses. This was to hide the swelling of his face after a live performance by covering it just before his debut, but since it was well received by fans, he continues to do so. He was known during this time as "a top class man who looked good with sunglasses." However, during the performance of "Futari no Natsu Monogatari" in The Best Ten, he took off his sunglasses while singing. His face without the sunglasses can now often be seen during concerts and in photos.

Personal lifeEdit

Sugiyama married fellow singer Yuko Yanagisawa, the sister of comedian Shingo Yanagisawa who had debuted with little success and recorded narrations for Live Emotion, in 1985.[22] The two had previously met during the after party of the 19th Popcon.[23] They had one daughter, Maho, a year after they married.[24] The three had moved to Hawaii and lived in Hawaii Kai, going back and forth between Los Angeles, Japan, and Hawaii for recording activities. In 1992, he was granted permanent residence for the United States. Sometime after, Yanagisawa divorced Sugiyama, and with Maho moved to the mainland U.S, where they were granted permanent U.S. residence in 2006 while Sugiyama moved back to Japan.[25][26] After 10 years, Maho and Kiyotaka reunited.[24]



Year A-Side B-Side(s) / Double A-Side Chart positions
Peak Sales Weeks
1986 "Sayonara no Ocean" "Shadow" 4 203,000 14 VAP
"Saigo no Holy Night" "Ubawareta Kentai" 2 253,000 15
1987 "Mizu no Naka no Answer" "In The Vision" 1 159,000 13
"Shade" "Mizu no Naka no Answer (Long Version)"
"Angel Eyes"
143,000 8
1988 "Kaze no Lonely Way" "Mugon no Dialogue" 187,000 12
"Boku no Ude no Naka de" "Ano Sora Mo. Kono Umi Mo." 2 187,000 11
"Nagisa no Subete (Morning Moon, Rising Sun)" "Boys of Eternity" 3 155,000 12
1989 "Purizumu Rain ni Tsutsuma rete" "My Girl" 12 49,000 7
"Kimi ga Koko ni ite Hoshī" "Inside Colors" 48,000 6
1990 "Itsumo Kimi o Omotteru" "Yokohama Sundown" 10 62,000 7 Warner Pioneer
1991 "Aozora Ga Menishimiru" "Happy End Singles" 26 25,000 4 Warner Music Japan
"Kaze no Ichi-byō" "November Storm – Kotoshi Saigo ni Kuru Harikēn" 19 42,000 5
1992 "Love Is You" "Kawaru-sa" 30,000 4
"Natsufuku Saigo no Hi" "Hana to Niji to Hoshi no Machi" 28 21,000 3
1993 "Livin' in a Paradise" "Trade Wind" 29 60,000 5
1994 "Boku no Shatsu o Kite Nasai" "Falling" 89 4,000 1 Warner Japan
1995 "Eien no Natsunidakarete" "Coming To Oasis" 88 3,000 1
1997 "Taiyō wa Shitte Iru" "Somebody Loves You"
1996 "Saigo no Holy Night (Version '96)" "Saigo no Holy Night (Version '96 Type II)"
"September Song" "Kokoro no Holiday"
1998 "Loving" "If" 95 2,000 1
"Owaranai Rēsu" "Owaranai Rēsu (Instrumental)" 94 2,000 1
2001 "EXiT" "Toki wa Modoranakute mo – Lost Day"
"Alone Again (2001 Version)"
67 4,000 1 VAP
2002 "Wishing Your Love" "Summer Dimension"
"Joanna (2002 Version)"
95 3,000 2
2005 "Nami" "Kaze no Lonely Way (2005)" 75 2,000 2
"Thank You for Christmas" "This Is Life" 76 2,000 2
2006 "Gift" "Hometown Train" 84 2,000 2
2009 "Glory Love" "Namida no Riyū" 56 2,000 3
2013 "Yumewomita no Sa" "Hateshinai Sora no Mukō" 84 1,000 1 King

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
Peak Sales Weeks
1986 Beyond... 1 253,000 20 VAP
1987 Realtime to Paradise 137,000 19
Kona Weather 2 419,000 18
1989 Here & There 271,000 14
Listen to My Heart 4 124,000 9
1990 Sprinkle 1 180,000 11 Warner Pioneer
1991 Moonset – Yasashiku Nareru Made 4 157,000 10 Warner Music Japan
1992 Island Afternoon 7 * *
Kanata Kara no Kaze 19 56,000 5
1994 Add Water 14 32,000 4 Warner Japan
1995 Rhythm From The Ocean 29 22,000 2
1996 Rainbow Shave Ice 30 17,000 2
1997 Honolulu City Lights 81 4,000 1
Harvest Story 91 3,000 1
2000 Ocean Side Company 40 8,000 1 VAP
2001 Zampa 67 4,000 1
Heaven's Shore 96 3,000 1
2002 Aloe Vera 99% 80 4,000 1
2003 Hula Moon Sessions 44 14,000 6
Shima Kara no Tegami, Umi Kara no Henji. 76 4,000 6
2004 Bay Area Kids 78 4,000 2
2006 The Sunshine Band 63 4,000 1
2007 Favorite Eternal Numbers – Desperado 82 4,000 3
2008 Favorite Eternal Numbers II – Asunikakeruhashi 73 2,000 2
2009 Veteran
2010 Island Afternoon II – Pacific Rim 49 3,000 2
2013 I Am Me 25 5,000 5 King
2014 Island Afternoon III – Da Kine of Da Buds
2016 Ocean
2017 Driving Music
2020 Rainbow Planet

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
Peak Sales Weeks
1988 Time Is A Good Time 2 152,000 10 VAP
1990 Summer Selections 8 142,000 11
The Ballads With Love 9 93,000 7
1991 Greatest Hits 8 76,000 5 Warner Music Japan
1993 Paradise – Natsu no Koi o Tsudzukeyou 19 40,000 5
1998 15 Summers: Greatest Hits Vol.II Warner Japan
2005 KT's Best
(Natsu no Hi no Melody/Fuyu no Hi no Melody)
65 5,000 2 VAP
2008 25 Summers 1983 – 2008 75 6,000 4
2010 Special Edition
(Surf Days/City Lights)
2012 The Collaboration Best

Live albumsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
Peak Sales Weeks
1988 The Warm Front, Long Sight 5 85,000 7 VAP
1993 I Wanna Hold You Again 28 21,000 3 Warner Music Japan
2001 Endless Wave '00 VAP
2004 Hula Moon Sessions in Tokyo Night
2014 Live Best King

Songs provided to other artistsEdit

Year Artist Title Occupation Collection
1987 Jackie Lin & Par Avion [jp] "Romance Door" Composer "Strangers Dream"
Masanori Ikeda "All or Nothing" Quarterback
"Room Ocean View"
"River Side Dilemma"
1988 "Rock'n Roll Band" Natural 22
"Ashita e no Sentaringu"
RA MU [jp] "One and Only" Thanks Giving
1989 Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe "Last Train" Be Yourself
1990 TWIN FIZZ [jp] "Omoide to Te o Tsunagazu ni" Composition "Omoide to Te o Tsunagazu ni"
1992 Junichi Kawauchi [jp] "Kimi no Hitomi-ippai no Natsu" Lyricist "Kimi no Hitomi-ippai no Natsu"
Kato Reiko [jp] "Hāfumūn wa Kizutsui Teru" Composer Querido
"Hikishio Hoteru"
1993 "Forever" '"Kakugo o Kimeta Hi"
Murata Kazuto [jp] "Sayonara Jamaica" Hello Again
1994 Hiromi Go "Summer Again" GOrgeous
1998 Jean & Gingers "Ie o Tobidase Papa" The Greatest Hits
2014 Yosuke Tagawa "Michi wa Tsudzuku" Songwriter Toki no Tabibito


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