Eiichi Ohtaki

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Eiichi Ohtaki
大瀧 詠一
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Eiichi Ohtaki in 1981 promoting A Long Vacation.
Background information
Birth name Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧 榮一?)
Also known as Eiichi Ohtaki (大滝 詠一?)
Born (1948-07-28)July 28, 1948
Esashi District, Japan
Died December 30, 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 65)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active 1969–2013
Associated acts Happy End
Website http://www.fussa45.net

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.[2]


Ohtaki was born in Esashi District, what is now part of Ōshū. Before joining Happy End, Ohtaki was guitarist in a group called Taboo with future Blues Creation singer Fumio Nunoya.[3]

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,[4] 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.[5]

Ohtaki produced the rock band Sugar Babe and its members Taeko Onuki and Tatsuro Yamashita after the group's break up.[6]

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.[7][8] His official cause of death was a dissecting aneurysm.[9] Ohtaki was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Japan Record Awards in 2014.[10]


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


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