Saori Minami

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Saori Minami (南 沙織 Minami Saori; Real Name: Akemi Uchima (内間明美); Christian Name: Cynthia) was born in Okinawa on July 2, 1954 to Japanese parents. She is a singer who debuted in June of 1971 with her with the hit song Seventeen Years Old.[1] In 1972, she was recognized as one of the three popular Idols singers of that time, together with Koyanagi Rumiko, and Amachi Mari. [2]

She is married to photographer Kishin Shinoyama, and has a son, Akinobu Shinoyama.

Partial Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 17sai (Jyunanasai) (17才 Seventeen Years Old?)
Debut single and biggest hit
1971-06-01 (#2)
2 Shiokaze no MELODY (潮風のメロディ Melody of the Seabreeze?) 1971-10-01 (#7)
3 Tomodachi (ともだち Friends?) 1972-02-01 (#7)
4 Junketsu (純潔 Chastity?) 1972-06-01 (#3)
5 Aishuu No PAGE (哀愁のページ A Page Full of Sorrow?)
1972-09-21 (#3)
6 Soushun No Minato (早春の港 Harbour in the Early Spring?) 1973-01-23 (#11)
7 Kizutsuku Sedai (傷つく世代 Wounded Generation?) 1973-05-01 (#3)
8 Irozuku Machi (色づく街 A Painted City?)
1973-08-21 (#4)
9 Hito Kakera No Junjou (ひとかけらの純情 A Little Naive?) 1973-12-05 (#8)
10 Bara No Kageri (バラのかげり Total Eclipse of the Rose?) 1974-03-21 (#15)
11 Natsu No Kanjou (夏の感情 Summer Feelings?) 1974-06-21 (#16)
12 Yogiri No Machi (夜霧の街 The City of the Mist?) 1974-09-21 (#17)
13 Hito Koishi Kute (人恋しくて A Wonderful Person?) 1975-08-01 (#8)
14 Hitonemuri (ひとねむり Sleeping People?) 1975-11-21 (#27)
15 Kiga Mukeba Denwa Shite (気がむけば電話して Call Me When You Get That Feeling?)
1976-03-01 (#29)
16 Kanashii Yousei (哀しい妖精 The Sad Fairy?) 1976-09-1 (#20)
17 Machikado No LOVE SONG (街角のラブソング A Street Love Song?) 1977-07-21 (#36)
18 Haru No Yokan ~I'VE BEEN MELLOW~ (気がむけば電話して Premonition of the Spring?)
1978-01-21 (#25)
19 GOODBYE GIRL (グッバイガール?) 1978-10-21 (#-)

Studio albums[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 17sai (17才?)
Debut album
1971-10-01 (#8)
2 Junketsu/Tomodachi (純潔/ともだち?) 1972-06-21 (#2)
3 Aishuu No PAGE (哀愁のページ?) 1972-09-21 (#4)
4 Kizutsuku Sedai (傷つく世代?) 1973-05-21 (#9)
5 Hatachi Mae (20才まえ?) 1973-09-21 (#5)
6 Hito Kakera no Junjou (ひとかけらの純情?)' 1974-02-21 (#6)
7 Natsu No Kanjou (夏の感情?)
1974-07-21 (#7)
8 Nin Koishi Kute (人恋しくて?) 1975-12-05 (#19)
9 Sugao No Mama De (素顔のままで?)
1976-04-21 (#20)
10 Kanashii Yousei (哀しい妖精?) 1976-09-21 (#19)
11 HELLO! CYNTHIA (-?) 1977-08-21 (#29)
12 SIMPLICITY (-?) 1978-10-01 (#37)

EP's[edit]

# Title Release Date
1 CYNTHIA no Kurisumasu (シンシアのクリスマス?)
1975-11-21

Live albums[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 CYNTHIA IN CONCERT (-?)
First live album
1974-09-01 (#5)
2 SAORI ON STAGE (潮風のメロディ?) 1977-12-05 (#74)
3 Sayonara CYNTHIA (さよならシンシア ?)
Goodbye concert
1978-12-05 (#-)

Greatest hits[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 Minami Saori Pops Wo Utau (南沙織 ポップスを歌う?)
First best of album
1975-02-21 (#40)
2 Minami Saori No Subete (南沙織のすべて?) 1983-11-05 (#-)
3 Minami Saori BEST SELECTION (ベスト・コレクション 南沙織?) 1986-05-21 (#-)
4 Minami Saori BEST RECALL ~28 SINGLES SAORI +1~ (-?) 1992-02-21 (#-)
5 Cynthia BEST ~ ETERNITY (-?)
1996-06-21 (#-)
6 DREAM PRICE 1000 Minami Saori Iro Zuku Machi (DREAM PRICE 1000 南沙織 色づく街?)' 2001-10-11 (#-)
7 GOLDEN BEST Minami Saori Tsutsumi Kyouhei wo Utau (GOLDEN☆BEST 南沙織 筒美京平を歌う?)
2002-06-19 (#-)
8 Minami Saori THE BEST ~Cynthia-ly (南沙織 THE BEST 〜 Cynthia-ly?) 2003-11-19 (#-)
9 Minami Saori BEST OF BEST (南沙織 BEST OF BEST?) 2006-09-21 (#-)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 長田美穂「スターに愛されたガサコの編集者人生」『新潮45』2008年2月号、新潮社
  2. ^ jpop_no_oya, . "Minami Saori ." J-pop no oya (Parents of J-pop) . LiveJournal.com, 25 AUG 2004. Web. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. <http://jpop-no-oya.livejournal.com/4117.html>.

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