||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (September 2014)|
|Born||January 24, 1951|
|Origin||Nakano, Tokyo, Japan|
|Genres||Japanese pop, folk, kayōkyoku, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, composer, lyricist, keyboardist|
Her first studio album entitled Shoujo was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Grammy Award winner John Fischbach, with distinguished musicians such as David Campbell, Carole King and Charles Larkey who was King's husband at that time. Owing to her introspective compositions, Itsuwa was often nicknamed "Japanese Carole King", along with other Japanese singer-songwriters like Yumi Matsutoya (who had worked under her birth name "Yumi Arai" during the mid-1970s) and Minako Yoshida.
Itsuwa gained moderate success on the Japanese albums chart in her early career, and received massive popularity and acclaim through a single "Koibito yo" released in 1980. A song topped the Japan's Oricon chart for three consecutive weeks, and won the 22nd Japan Record Award for "Gold Prize" in a same year. It was covered by the country's legendary singers including Hibari Misora and Noriko Awaya in later years, and became a signature song for Itsuwa. in 1981 her song "Revival" also become a very will recognizable hit.
After "Koibito yo" became a hit, Itsuwa gained popularity also in non-Japanese Asian countries during the 1980s.
In Indonesia, "Kokoro No Tomo", "Amayadori" and "Rebaibaru" become the most popular songs ever released by her. In 2006, Mayumi Itsuwa and Delon Thamrin recorded an Indonesian and Japanese version of the song. This was later included on the 2006 compilation album "Duet Love Songs". Many of her songs would fall into the musical genre of torch songs because they often describe the lingering memory of past loves.
|1973||Kaze no Nai Sekai (風のない世界?)||14|
|1974||Fuyuzareta Machi (冬ざれた街?)||9|
|Toki wo Mitsumete (時をみつめて?)||25|
|1975||Hontou no Koto wo Ieba (本当のことをいえば?)||9|
|Mayumity (Utsuro na Ai) (MAYUMITY・うつろな愛?)||37|
|1977||Etranger (えとらんぜ Etoranze?)||34|
|1978||Itsuwa Mayumi (五輪真弓?)||9|
|1980||Koibito yo (恋人よ?)||1|
|Collection (cassette only, compilation)||17|
|1982||Collection '82 (compilation)||64|
|1984||Atsui Sayonara (熱いさよなら?)||15|
|1985||Best (compilation, cassette only)||33|
|Kaze no Uta (風の詩?)||31|
|1986||Best Collection (compilation, compact disc only)||64|
|Toki no Nagare ni (時の流れに?)||12|
|Best Selection (compilation, cassette only)||36|
|1987||Wind and Roses||31|
|1989||New Best Selection (compilation)||64|
|1990||Na mo Naki Michi (名もなき道?)||47|
|1992||The Memorial Album||70|
- "List of number-one hits on the Japanese Oricon Weekly Singles Chart". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Japan Composer's Association "History of the Japan Record Awards - List of the 22nd Award Winners" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Yamachan Land (Japan's charts archives) - Albums Chart Daijiten - "List of the Oricon Top 100 Charting Albums by Mayumi Itsuwa". Retrieved 2008-12-13.