Tatsuo Kamon

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Tatsuo Kamon
嘉門 達夫
Birth name Tatsuo Torikai
鳥飼 達夫
Born (1959-03-25) March 25, 1959 (age 56)
Origin Japan
Genres Kayōkyoku, novelty song
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocal, guitar
Years active 1975–1980 (rakugoka)
1983–present
Labels Nippon Columbia
Victor Music
Daipro-X
Website Official site

Tatsuo Kamon (嘉門 達夫 Kamon Tatsuo?), real name Tatsuo Torikai (鳥飼 達夫 Torikai Tatsuo?),[1] is a Japanese singer-songwriter born 25 March 1959 in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.[1][2][3] He is represented by the talent management firm Daikan'yama Production, and releases works through Daipro-X, a record company which is a subsidiary of Daikan'yama.

He made his professional singer-songwriter debut in 1983 by winning two major awards and being named the "Rookie of the Year" for his single Yankee no Niichan no Uta (ヤンキーの兄ちゃんのうた Yankī no Niichan no Uta?).[1]

Biography[edit]

Kamon was born as Tatsuo Torikai on 25 March 1959 in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Chūjō Elementary School and Yōsei Junior High, both part of the Ibaraki municipal school system. While attending Osaka Prefectural Kasugaoka High School, he began studying as an apprentice to rakugo master Tsuruko Shōfukutei beginning in 1975.[1][3] After graduating, he became a regular guest on the MBS Young Town radio program from April 1978 until September 1980. He also co-hosted the show with Naoko Kawai from July 1984 to September 1992.[1]

In 1981, after meeting Keisuke Kuwata of the Southern All Stars, he changed his name to "Kamon" from "Torikai" in honor of Kuwata's pseudonym of Yūzō Kamon.[1][3] Kamon made his professional debut as a recording artist on 21 July 1983 with the release of his single Yankee no Niichan no Uta. He won both the Yomiuri TV Cable Broadcast First Prize and the TBS Cable Broadcast First Prize and was named Rookie of the Year for this release.[1][3]

Kaeuta Medley, a single released in 1991, sold over 820,000 copies and was Kamon's first big hit.[4] In 2000, Kamon changed to his current "trademark" look by bleaching his hair.

Kamon married for the first time on 15 January 2009.[5]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  Single title Japanese Release date Lyrics Composition Arrangement Notes
1 "Kekkon Shiyō yo" 結婚しようよ September 21, 1989 Tatsuo Kamon
Takuro Yoshida
Takuro Yoshida
Tatsuo Kamon
Takashi Kudō VDRS-10004 (CD), VST-10559 (cassette)
2 "Tarirarirān Rock 'n' Roll" タリラリラーンロックンロール February 1, 1990 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō VIDL-10001 (CD), VISL-2 (cassette)
3 "Futamata" March 21, 1990 Tatsuo Kamon
Zenjirō
Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō VIDL-10018 (CD), VISL-20 (cassette)
4 "Katte ni Sinbad" 勝手にシンドバッド July 4, 1990 Keisuke Kuwata
Tatsuo Kamon
Keisuke Kuwata
Tatsuo Kamon
Takashi Kudō VIDL-10041 (CD), VISL-46 (cassette)
Reached #89 on Oricon chart, on the chart for one week[6]
5 "Yatte Miso!" やってミソ! October 21, 1990 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Ryō Yonemitsu
Mother Goose
VIDL-36 (CD), VISL-74 (cassette)
used in a commercial for Calbee Spicy Miso Sauce flavored Potato Chips
used in a commercial for JFE Shoji Trade Corporation
6 "Karaoke No.1" カラオケNo.1 February 21, 1991 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō VIDL-10098 (CD), VISL-104 (cassette)
with Satomi Harada
7 "Kaeuta Medley" 替え唄メドレー May 21, 1991 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Ichirō Nitta
Yukihiro Matsubara
VIDL-10130 (CD), VISL-137 (cassette)
Reached #9 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 32 weeks[7]
8 "Kaeuta Medley 2" 替え唄メドレー2 September 21, 1991 Tatsuo Kamon
Yukihiro Masuno
Tatsuo Kamon Ichirō Nitta
Takashi Kudō
VIDL-10158 (CD), VISL-165 (cassette)
Reached #4 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 22 weeks[8]
9 "Kaeuta Medley 3" 替え唄メドレー3 September 21, 1991 Tatsuo Kamon
Radio Comedy Allstars
Tatsuo Kamon
Takashi Kudō
Ichirō Nitta
Takashi Kudō
VIDL-10197 (CD), VISL-189 (cassette)
Reached #3 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 13 weeks[9]
10 "Hana kara Gyūnyū" 鼻から牛乳 April 21, 1992 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō
Ichirō Nitta
VIDL-10228 (CD), VISL-215 (cassette)
Reached #8 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 10 weeks[10]
11 "Hana kara Gyūnyū Dai-2-shō" 鼻から牛乳-第2章- July 22, 1992 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō
Ichirō Nitta
VIDL-10264 (CD), VISL-243 (cassette)
Reached #12 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 9 weeks[11]
12 "Duet Kaeuta Medley" デュエット替え唄メドレー December 5, 1992 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Takashi Kudō
Hiroshi Takada
VIDL-10295 (CD), VISL-260 (cassette), with Miyoko Asada
Reached #28 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 8 weeks[12]
13 "Go! Go! Schoolmates" Go! Go! スクールメイツ March 24, 1993 Yoshii
Tatsuo Kamon
Tatsuo Kamon
Ichirō Nitta
Ichirō Nitta
Jun'ichi Kanazaki
VIDL-10318 (CD), VISL-264 (cassette)
used in commercial for "Shinken Seminar Junior High Course"
Reached #24 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 4 weeks[13]
14 "Nippon no Sazae-san" NIPPONのサザエさん July 21, 1993 Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon Tatsuo Kamon
Daimyō Gyōretsu
VIDL-10368 (CD), VISL-10089 (cassette)
used in commercial for UHA Mikakutō "Nagai Kajitsu"
Reached #48 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 5 weeks[14]
15 "Smokin' Boogie Ladies" スモーキン・ブギ レディース January 1, 1994 Takeshi Arai
Tatsuo Kamon
Ryudo Uzaki Takashi Kudō VIDL-10458 (CD)
Reached #86 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 3 weeks[15]
16 "Murphy's Law" マーフィーの法則 February 2, 1994 Price Sterm Sloan, In
Tatsuo Kamon
Tatsuo Kamon Hayato Kanbayashi VIDL-10487 (CD)
Reached #69 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 3 weeks[16]
17 "Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu" 君がいた季節 March 2, 1994 Tomoyuki Michiyama Kazuo Zaitsu Mitsuo Hagita VIDL-10489 (CD)
Reached #64 on Oricon chart, on the chart for 2 weeks[15]

Albums[edit]

Collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 嘉門達夫のプロフィール (in Japanese). Daipro-X. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  2. ^ "嘉門達夫 PROFILE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d "アメリカで輝いている人 Vol.19: 嘉門達夫 Tatsuo Kamon" (in Japanese). Odekake.US. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ [長寿のヒミツ]音楽と笑い融合嘉門達夫バカソング一筋25年 (in Japanese). Hochi Shimbun. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  5. ^ 嘉門達夫夫妻が2ショットで結婚報告会見 (in Japanese). Eltha: Oricon Beauty & Healthy. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  6. ^ 勝手にシンドバッド/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  7. ^ 替え唄メドレー/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ 替え唄メドレー2/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  9. ^ 替え唄メドレー3/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  10. ^ 鼻から牛乳/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  11. ^ 鼻から牛乳-第2章-/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ デュエット替え唄メドレー/嘉門達夫,浅田美代子 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  13. ^ "Go! Go! スクールメイツ/嘉門達夫" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  14. ^ "NIPPONのサザエさん/嘉門達夫" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  15. ^ a b スモーキン・ブギ レディース/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  16. ^ マーフィーの法則/嘉門達夫 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-07-09.