|Birth name||Rikiji Matsumoto|
August 26, 1908|
Akita Prefecture, Japan
|Died||July 29, 1944
Bin Uehara (上原 敏 Uehara Bin?, August 26, 1908 – July 29, 1944) was a Japanese popular music (ryūkōka) singer and soldier. He was known for using naniwa-bushi's kobushi vocalism in Japanese popular music. He was killed in action during the eastern New Guinea campaign during the Pacific War.
Uehara was born as Rikiji Matsumoto in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Senshu University, and made his professional debut with the song "Tsukimi Odori" (月見踊り lit. "Moon-viewing Dance"?) under the Japanese division of Polydor Records in 1936. His famous songs included the 1937 song "Ruten" (流転 lit. "Stream-rolling"?). His vocal style, called kobushi, became popular as the more emphatic form among modern enka singers.
In 1976, a monument honoring him was established in his home city of Ōdate.
- Tsumagoi Dōchū (妻恋道中 In the Way of Wife-love?) : 1937
- Ruten (流転 Stream-rolling?) : 1937
- Shanghai Dayori (上海だより Shanghai Letter?) : 1938
- Iroha Jingi (いろは仁義 Iroha Benevolence And Righteousness?) : 1938
- Nankin Dayori (南京だより Nanjing Letter?) : 1938
- Hokuman Dayori (北満だより North Manchu Letter?) : 1938
- Butaichō to Heitai (部隊長と兵隊 Unit Commander and Soldier?) : 1938 with Taro Shoji
- Ore wa Funanori (俺は船乗り I am a Sailor?) : 1939
- Otoko Funanori (男船乗り Male Sailor?) : 1939
- Butsuin Dayori (佛印だより French Indochina Letter?) : 1941
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- (Japanese) "ジャングルの鎮魂歌 ～上原敏と戦後～". Fuji Television. 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
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