Eiichi Ohtaki in 1981 promoting A Long Vacation.
|Birth name||Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧 榮一?)|
|Also known as||Eiichi Ohtaki (大滝 詠一?)|
July 28, 1948|
Esashi District, Japan
|Died||December 30, 2013
|Associated acts||Happy End|
Eiichi Ohtaki (Japanese: 大瀧 詠一 Hepburn: Ōtaki Eiichi?, July 28, 1948 – December 30, 2013) was a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He first became known as a member of the influential rock band Happy End, but was better known for his solo work. In 2003, Ohtaki was ranked by HMV Japan at number 9 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts.
His 1981 solo album A Long Vacation is particularly well-known and highly acclaimed. It was the first Japanese album to be released on CD, was named "Best Album" at the 23rd Japan Record Awards, certified double platinum by the RIAJ and has been re-released in 20th anniversary and 30th anniversary editions. In 2007, it was named the 7th greatest Japanese rock album of all time by Rolling Stone Japan; the list was topped by Happy End's Kazemachi Roman.
After choking on an apple and collapsing in his Tokyo home at 5 p.m. on December 30, 2013, Ohtaki was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards. His official cause of death was a dissecting aneurysm. Ohtaki was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Japan Record Awards in 2014.
- Studio albums
- Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧詠一?, 1972)
- Niagara Moon (1975)
- Go! Go! Niagara (1976)
- Niagara Calendar (1977)
- Let's Ondo Again (1978) credited to "Niagara Fallin' Stars"
- A Long Vacation (1981)
- Each Time (1984)
- Niagara Triangle albums
- Niagara Triangle Vol. 1 (1976) with Tatsuro Yamashita and Ginji Ito
- Niagara Triangle Vol. 2 (1982) with Motoharu Sano and Masamichi Sugi
- "City pop revival is literally a trend in name only". The Japan Times. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
- "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.9". HMV Japan (in Japanese). 2003-11-22. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- "Blues Creation". Japrocksampler. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
- "第２３回 日本レコード大賞". Japan Record Awards (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-06.
- "Finally! "The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" Listed". Exclaim!. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- "Happy End's Eiichi Ohtaki Dies at 65". Exclaim!. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
- "大滝詠一さん急死 リンゴのどに詰まらせ(tr: Otaki Eiichi's Sudden Death, Chokes on Apple)". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2013-12-31.
- "ミュージシャンの大滝詠一さんが死去 (tr: Otaki Eiichi's musicians death)". NHK (in Japanese). 2013-12-31.
- "Singer-songwriter Eiichi Ohtaki dies after collapsing at home". Japan Today. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
- "大滝詠一、貴重なナイアガラ音源満載の12枚組BOX全楽曲を発表". Natalie (in Japanese). 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2016-01-06.