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Kyu Sakamoto


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Kyu Sakamoto
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Sukiyaki
(1963) US #1. UK #6. US #1. UK # 6. ‘Ue o muite arukō’ ("I look up when I walk") topped the Billboard pop charts - to date the first & only song sung entirely in Japanese to do so. The lyrics tell the story of a man who looks up & whistles while he is walking so that his tears won't fall. The song describes him doing this through each season of the year. The original Japanese title was considered too difficult for American audiences to remember and pronounce, therefore a word that people could associate with Japan was used - Sukiyaki, even though the word does not actually appear in the song.
Kyu Sakamoto
   reached no. 1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with   
Sukiyaki
For 3 weeks in 1963






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