50 Years Have Passed Since “Ue o Muite Aruko” Topped in Billboard Chart.


Kyu Sakamoto

50 years have passed since Kyu Sakamoto’s “Ue o muite aruko” topped in Billboard chart. To commemorate the 50 th year since this achievement, a compilation album was released on June 15th.

It was on June 15th in 1963 that “SUKIYAKI”, retitled from “Ue o muite aruko”, made a big hit in the U.S and topped in Billboard chart. The song is composed by Rokusuke Ei and the lyric by Hachidai Nakamura. ”SUKIYAKI” is the only Japanese song in Billboard’s chart.

“6×8 Song Book Vol.1 Ue o muite aruko-Rokusuke and Hachidai Nakamura Compositions” includes not only “Ue o muite aruko” but also other covers of the great compositions by the Rokusuke Ei and Hachidai Nakamura, s songwriting duo called “68 Combi”. You can see how their songs have been rooted in the new generations after 50 years.

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