Kōji Tamaki

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Koji Tamaki
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Koji Tamaki 2004
Background information
Native name 玉置 浩二
Born (1958-09-13) September 13, 1958 (age 55)
Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Genres Pop, rock
Occupations Singer, composer, actor, lyricist
Years active 1973–2008, 2009–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Kitty Records, BMG Japan, Universal Music Japan
Associated acts Anzen Chitai
Website www.tamakikoji.jp

Koji Tamaki (玉置 浩二 Tamaki Kōji?, born September 13, 1958) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, and actor. He has been well known as a frontman of the band Anzen Chitai that debuted in 1982 and enjoyed their successful career particularly during the 1980s.

As a vocalist and a songwriter of the band, Tamaki spawned multiple successful compositions which were mostly co-written by lyricists including Goro Matsui and Yosui Inoue, by the time that the group suspended their career in 1993.

In 1987, Tamaki released the first solo single "All I Do", and continued his solo career after Anzen Chitai went into hiatus (1993–2001, 2004–2009). Throughout his solo career, he has released 23 singles and over a dozen of studio albums. His song "Den-En" released as a single in 1996 became a massive hit, which reached the number-two on the Japanese Oricon charts and sold in excess of 900,000 copies.

Tamaki has also been known as an actor who has appeared in seven feature films and numerous television dramas. He has started acting career for the first time on "Prussian Blue no Shozo", the 1986 motion picture he starred.

He has been married three times; the second wife was actress Hiroko Yakushimaru (divorced in 1998), and the third spouse was keyboardist Satoko Ando, who had formerly worked on his albums and live tours (divorced in 2007).

During Tamaki's first marriage, he had an extra-marital affair with actress Mariko Ishihara between 1983 and 1986. In her autobiography published in 2006, Ishihara confirmed her affair with Tamaki two decades ago. She also described episodes of severe domestic violence meted out to her by Tamaki, which Tamaki later admitted.

After Tamaki's retirement announcement due to health issues in 2008, Ishihara contacted Tamaki and the two began dating again. On February 25, 2009, Tamaki and Ishihara submitted their application for marriage in Tokyo. However, the application was not accepted and he split up with Ishihara after all. Anzen Chitai returned from a recess and released their new single "Aoi Bara/Wine Red no Kokoro (2010 version)" on March 3, 2010.

On his 2012 album Offer Music Box, Tamaki—who composed the original song—covered Yuki Saito's song "Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa", which was used as the first theme song for the television anime series Maison Ikkoku.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "All I Do" (1987) - #10
  • "Ki Tsu I" (キ・ツ・イ?) (1989) - #7
  • "Hyouten" (氷点?) (1989) - #12
  • "I'm Dandy" (1989) - #10
  • "Ikanaide" (行かないで?) (1989) - #16
  • "Call" (1993) - #22
  • "Genki na Machi" (元気な町?) (1993) - #41
  • "Love Song" (1994) - #35
  • "Star" (1995) - #90
  • "Melody" (1996) - #49
  • "Den-En" (田園?) (1996) - #2
  • "Mr. Lonely" (1997) - #14
  • "Rookie" (1998) - #49
  • "Happy Birthday" (1998) - #69
  • "Nijiiro Datta" (虹色だった?) (1999) - #26
  • "aibo" (2000) - #54
  • "Kono Rhyzhm de" (このリズムで?) (2001) - #96
  • "Shiawase no Lamp" (しあわせのランプ?) (2004) - #83
  • "Aisaretai Dakesa" (愛されたいだけさ?) (2005) - #35
  • "Itsumo Dokoka de" (いつもどこかで?) (2005) - #48
  • "Present" (2005) - #13
  • "Lion" (2006) - #60
  • "Wakusei" (惑星?) (2007) - #67

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label Chart positions
JP
[2]
1987 All I Do Kitty Records 2
1993 Akogare (あこがれ?) 4
Karinto Kouba no Entotsu no Ue ni (カリント工場の煙突の上に?) Sony Music Entertainment Japan 17
1994 Love Song Blue 18
1996 Cafe Japan 4
1997 Junk Land 9
1998 Grand Love 12
1999 Winered no Kokoro (ワインレッドの心 Wainreddo no Kokoro?) BMG Funhouse 11
2000 Nisemono 19
2001 Spade (スペード Supēdo?) 19
2005 Kyou to Iu Kono Hi wo Ikiteikou (今日というこの日を生きていこう?) Sony Music Entertainment Japan 26
2006 Present 25
2007 Wakusei (惑星?) 30

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Label Chart positions
JP
[2]
1995 T Sony Music Entertainment Japan 18
2005 Live!!; "Kyou to Iu Kono Hi wo Ikiteikou" (LIVE!! 『今日というこの日を生きていこう』?) 26
2006 "Hassan Da-!!"; '06 Present Tour Live ('06 PRESENT TOUR LIVE "発散だー!!"?) 56
2008 Koji Tamaki '07; "Wakusei" Tour Live (☆惑星☆TOUR LIVE?) 154

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