Saori Yuki

Saori Yuki (由紀さおり, Yuki Saori, born November 13, 1948) is a Japanese singer and actress. She was born as Akiko Yasuda (Yasuda Akiko (安田 章子) in Kiryū, Gunma, Japan and raised in Yokohama. She started her singing career with her older sister Sachiko as a child singer. In 1965 she debuted with the single "Hitchhike Musume (Hitchhiking girl)" on King Records (Japan) as Akiko Yasuda.

Saori Yuki
Birth nameAkiko Yasuda
Born (1948-11-13) November 13, 1948 (age 71)
Kiryū, Gunma, Japan
GenresPop, jazz, chanson
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
  • talent manager
Years active1965–present

HistoryEdit

In 1969, Saori Yuki had a hit with "Yoake no Scat (Scat at dawn)", which sold 2 million units in two months, stayed at the top spot for 10 weeks and in the top ten for four months.[1][2] The song's success led her to appear at the NHK's Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the annual year-end music show (after that, she continued to appear consecutively up until 1978). In 1970, the single "Tegami (The Letter)" peaked at No. 1[3][4] and was the second best-selling single in Japan of 1970.[5] For "Tegami", she won the vocal award at the 12th Japan Record Awards.[6] She received the Best Vocalist Award at the 15th Japan Record Awards for her hit "Koibumi (Love Letter)".

She quickly became a popular TV personality, appeared on a number of variety shows, and acted in several movies. She received the Award of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Japan Academy Prize in 1983 for her role of Chikako Numata, a mother of two difficult sons in The Family Game.[7]

In 1985, she started appearing on stage with her sister, Sachiko. They toured around Japan with their specialty of Japanese children's songs[8] and received the Best Planning Award in 28th Japan Record Awards for their hit album Ano-toki, Kono-uta (あの時・この歌 ("Those Times, These Songs"). Their repertoire was not limited to children's songs, but also included pop, classical, and anime songs.

In 2009, she released her first original album since 1984, commemorating the 40th anniversary of her singing career as Saori Yuki. A collaboration album with Pink Martini titled 1969 was released in November 2011[9] in more than 20 countries, and quickly gained popularity[10] in various places including the United States, Canada, Singapore and Greece. She also appeared as guest soloist on Pink Martini's festive album, Joy to the World, singing the Japanese language version of "White Christmas".

In 2012, Saori Yuki won the US Billboard Publisher's Award.[11]

FilmographyEdit

DiscographyEdit

As Akiko Yasuda:

  • Hitchhike Musume (1965)
  • Doko ni iruno Papa? (1965)
  • O-wakare no Namida (1965)
  • Furusato no Bokujō (1966)
  • Kuore no Uta
  • Roman "Uki Uki"

As Saori Yuki:

  • Yoake no Scat (1969) (#1)
  • Tenshi no Scat (1969) (#15)
  • Kareha no Machi (1969) (#29)
  • Suki yo (1970)
  • Tegami (1970) (#1)
  • Cleopatra no Namida (1970)
  • Ikigai (1970) (#6)
  • Kono Ai o Eien ni (1971) (#57)
  • Otoko no Kokoro (1971) (#80)
  • Valerie/Tōsui no Waltz (1971)
  • Hatsukoi no Oka (1971) (#68)
  • Tsuchi ni Kaeru made (1972)
  • Furusato (1972)
  • Rindō no Hana (1972) (#64)
  • Room Light (1973) (#23)
  • Koibumi (1973) (#32)
  • Hakata Ningyō ni Yosete (1973)
  • Haru no Arashi (1974) (#67)
  • Michiko (1974)
  • Banka (1974) (#15)
  • Kisetsufū (1975) (#68)
  • Sayonara no Hashirigaki (1975)
  • Bojō (1975)
  • Katachi-bakari no Kōfuku (1976)
  • Tsukanoma no Ame (1976)
  • Kokoromochi Kimagure (1976)
  • Furari Furarete (1976) (#38)
  • U・Fu・Fu (1977)
  • Yarinaoshitai no (1977)
  • Garasu no Hibi (1978)
  • Tokyo Babylon (1978)
  • Ai o Kirifuda ni Shite (1979)
  • Aishita mou Koto na Kare (1979)
  • Tasogare Tapestry (1980)
  • Otoko Tomodachi (1980)
  • Kanashii Akuma (1980)
  • Ryōgokubashi (1981)
  • Atsumi Chihō no Komori-uta (1981)
  • Adieu (1982)
  • Straight (1982)
  • Single Night (1983)
  • Konomama ga Ii no (1984)
  • TOKYO Waltz (1984)
  • Kiyari Sodachi (1985)
  • O-saki ni dōzo (1987) (#62)
  • Yagurumasō〜Yumeji no Onna〜 (1988)
  • Kokoro no Ieji (1988)
  • Yurayura (1988)
  • HIROSHIMA (1989, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Nedoganse (1990, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Akai Hoshi Aoi Hoshi (1995)
  • Koimatsuri (1996)
  • Suite Waltz no Nagareru Kawa ni (1998)
  • Yume Mousukoshi (1998)
  • Yorimichi (1999)
  • Toruko-kōshinkyoku (1999, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Kono Hoshi no Doko ka de (2000, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Asakiyumemishi (2001)
  • Nijiiro no Sunadokei (2002, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Yotte Hizamakura (2002)
  • Saikai Love Song (2003)
  • Kisei (2003, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • "Ryokka Fair・Image Song Taiyō Sanka" Who are you? (2005, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Izayoi no Tsuki (2005, with Sachiko Yasuda)
  • Kono Yo no Hate made Soba ni Ite (2006)
  • Komoro Waga Omoide (2006)
  • Shiawase no Canon〜Chapter 2〜 (2007)
  • Kisetsu no Ashioto (2011)
  • Ai da Toka (2013) (#145)
  • Watashi no Uta (2013)

Duet with Pink Martini :

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joseph Murrells (1977). The Book of Golden Discs. p. 270. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "由紀さおり「夜明けのスキャット」40年の時を経て復刻". June 19, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (February 13, 1999). Billboard Magazine, 1999. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (1999). Billboard Magazine, 1999. p. 71. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 19, 1970). Billboard Magazine, 1970. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (January 23, 1971). Billboard Magazine, 1971. p. 59. Retrieved January 1, 2016. Saori Yuki Billboard.
  7. ^ Alastair Phillips, Julian Stringer (2007). Japanese Cinema. p. 240. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Robert Deam Tobin (2007). A Song For Europe. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Pink Martini & Saori Yuki – 1969 [7237721600556] – $15.00 : Pinki Martini Store". Pinkmartini.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  10. ^ J-CASTニュース 2011/11/ 7 「夜明けのスキャット」の由紀さおりアルバム 米、カナダで次々1位と世界的ヒットの快挙
  11. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (January 7, 2012). Billboard Magazine, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2019.

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