Mari Amachi

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Mari Amachi (天地 真理, Amachi Mari, born November 5, 1951) is a Japanese female singer and actress, who was famous in 1970s' Japan. On October 1, 1971, she debuted with the single "Mizuiro no Koi." She was born as Mari Saito in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture. She got five Oricon No.1 songs, a record as a female singer which was later broken by Seiko Matsuda. She started the era of Japanese idols in the 1970s and 1980s.[1][2] Mari Amachi was the top female vocalist of Sony Music Entertainment in Japan.[3]

Biography[edit]

Mari Amachi debuted in 1971 with the single "Mizuiro No Koi".[4] She was promoted alongside Rumiko Koyanagi and Saori Minami, and they were dubbed the "San-Nin Musume" (Three young girls).[5][6][7] Before them, Hibari Misora, Chiemi Eri and Izumi Yukimura were promoted in the same fashion.[8] In 1973, Amachi, Koyanagi and Minami were followed by Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada and Masako Mori, who were known as "Hana No Chu 3 Trio" (The Trio of Third-Year Junior High School Students).[5]

Mari Amachi proved to be a huge success in Japan.[9][3] She was one of the first Japanese singers to be deemed an "idol".[10][1][2] Her single "Chiisana Koi" was the first of five number 1 hits on the Oricon chart list.[11] No other female Japanese entertainer had achieved this, yet her record was broken by Pink Lady in the late 70s and their record was subsequently broken by Seiko Matsuda in the 80s.[6]

By the summer of 1972, her single "Hitori Janai No" had sold over 600,000 copies and proved to be her second #1,[6][12] and she was invited to perform on the 23d edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen.[13] That same year Mari Amachi starred in her own television series, "The Mari Amachi Show", which was aired by TBS.[14][15] The following year, Mari Amachi and fellow idol Hiromi Go were reported to be responsible for grossing more than $45 million for Sony Music Entertainment.[16] She was dubbed "Sony's Snow White".[17]

Mari Amachi also performed on the 24th edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen,[18] as well as the 25th.[19]

Apart from being a singer, Mari Amachi was also an actress.[20]

By the end of 2015, Mari Amachi was reported to live in poverty in a retirement home.[21]

Discography[edit]

Top 10 singles[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 Mizuiro No Koi (水色の恋 Light Blue Love)
Debut single
1971-10-01 (#3)
2 Chiisana Koi (ちいさな恋 A Little Love) 1972-02-05 (#1)
3 Hitori Janai No (ひとりじゃないの Not Alone) 1972-05-21 (#1)
4 Niji Wo Watatte (虹をわたって Over The Rainbow) 1972-09-01 (#1)
5 Futari No Nichiyobi (ふたりの日曜日 A Sunday For Two) 1972-12-05 (#3)
6 Wakaba No Sasayaki (若葉のささやき In The Whispers Of The Leaves) 1973-03-21 (#1)
7 Koisuru Natsu No Hi (恋する夏の日 Summer Days Of Love)
Signature song
1973-07-01 (#1)
8 Sora Ippai No Shiawase (空いっぱいの幸せ A Sky Full Of Happiness)' 1973-10-21 (#3)
9 Koibito Tachi No Minato (恋人たちの港 Harbour Of The Lovers)
1974-02-01 (#4)
10 Koi To Umi To T-SHIRT To (恋と海とTシャツと Love And The Sea And A T-Shirt) 1974-06-01 (#8)
11 Omoide No SERENADE (想い出のセレナーデ A Serenade Of Memories) 1974-09-01 (#4)

Top 10 Albums[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 Mizuiro No Koi (水色の恋 Light Blue Love)
Debut album
1971 (#1)
2 Chiisana Koi (ちいさな恋 A Little Love) 1972(#1)
3 Niji Wo Watatte (虹をわたって Over The Rainbow) 1972 (#2)
5 Ashita He No MELODY (明日へのメロディー Melody Of Tomorrow) 1972 (#1)
6 Wakaba No Sasayaki (若葉のささやき In The Whispers Of The Leaves) 1973 (#1)
7 Koisuru Natsu No Hi (恋する夏の日 Summer Days Of Love) 1973 (#3)


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Show biz exploits 'volunteerism' image in packaging of latest teen idol". The Japan Times. 2006-07-06. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b シングル主流の70年代、高度経済成長時代の後に見え始めた新トレンド (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard Magazine, 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Kikuchi, Hiroshi (1995). 文藝春秋. 文藝春秋社. p. 388. 
  5. ^ a b Craig, Timothy J. (2000). Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture. M.E. Sharpe. p. 317. ISBN 0-7656-0561-9. 
  6. ^ a b c "Sponichi article on Mari Amachi" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Aoyagi, Hiroshi. Island Of Eight Million Smiles. p. 6 & 130. 
  8. ^ "Hara, 82, to hang up saxophone". The Japan Times. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. ^ Kase, Kimio (2005). Transformational CEOs. EE. p. 163. 
  10. ^ Galbraith, Patrick (2012). Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-230-29830-9. 
  11. ^ Billboard Magazine, April 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ Billboard Magazine, Hits of the world, 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ "Official NHK site detailing the 23d edition of Kohaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ Billboard Magazine, October 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ Stage & Television Design of Japan. Keishosha Pub. Co. 1985. p. 226.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  16. ^ Billboard Magazine, 1973. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  17. ^ 音楽CD検定公式ガイドブック. ONGAKUSHUPPANSHACo. 2007. ISBN 4861710308. 
  18. ^ "Official NHK site detailing the 24th edition of Kohaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ "Official NHK site detailing the 25th edition of Kohaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  20. ^ Clements, Jonathan (2003). The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama Since 1953. Stone Bridge Press. 
  21. ^ "2015 article on Mari Amachi" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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