|Birth name||Katsu Shinno|
November 6, 1904|
Nigata prefecture, Japan
|Died||June 21, 1974(aged 69)|
Katsutaro Kouta (小唄 勝太郎 Kouta Katsutarō?, November 6, 1904 – June 21, 1974) was a Japanese female geisha and ryūkōka singer. The genre like her songs was called "New-Minyo". The era when she had a high popularity with another popular geisha singer Ichimaru was called the "Katsu-Ichi Era".
Katsutaro was originally a geisha. She debuted as a recording artist with the song "Sado Kouta" (佐渡小唄?) in 1930. She released song "Shima no Musume" (島の娘 lit. Island Girl?) in 1932. The song became a big hit in 1933, selling 600,000 copies. However, the song also angered members of the Home Ministry because the song described illicit sexual relations.
- Shima no Musume (島の娘 Island Girl?) : 1932
- Tokyo Ondo (東京音頭?) : 1933
- Manshu Gurashi (満州ぐらし Life in Manchu?) : 1936
- Kenkoku Sakura (建国さくら National Foundation Sakura?) : 1940
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