Mayumi Itsuwa

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Mayumi Itsuwa
Born (1951-01-24) January 24, 1951 (age 67)
Origin Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese pop, folk, kayōkyoku, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, lyricist, keyboardist
Instruments Vocals

Mayumi Itsuwa (五輪 真弓, Itsuwa Mayumi) (born January 24, 1951) is a Japanese vocalist, composer, lyricist, and keyboardist who made her debut in 1972.

Her first studio album entitled Shoujo was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Grammy Award winner John Fischbach, with distinguished musicians such as David Campbell, Carole King and Charles Larkey who was King's husband at that time. Owing to her introspective compositions, Itsuwa was often nicknamed "Japanese Carole King", along with other Japanese singer-songwriters like Yumi Matsutoya (who had worked under her birth name "Yumi Arai" during the mid-1970s) and Minako Yoshida.

Itsuwa gained moderate success on the Japanese albums chart in her early career, and received massive popularity and acclaim through the single "Koibito yo" released in 1980. The song topped Japan's Oricon chart for three consecutive weeks, and won the 22nd Japan Record Award for "Gold Prize" in the same year.[1][2] It was covered by the country's legendary singers including Hibari Misora and Noriko Awaya in later years, and became a signature song for Itsuwa. In 1981 her song "Revival" also became a very well recognized hit.

After "Koibito yo" became a hit, Itsuwa gained popularity also in non-Japanese Asian countries during the 1980s.

In Indonesia, "Kokoro No Tomo", "Amayadori" and "Rebaibaru" become the most popular songs ever released by her. In 2006, Mayumi Itsuwa and Delon Thamrin recorded an Indonesian and Japanese version of the song. This was later included on the 2006 compilation album "Duet Love Songs". Many of her songs would fall into the musical genre of torch songs because they often describe the lingering memory of past loves.



Year Album Chart positions
1972 Shoujo (少女) 6
1973 Kaze no Nai Sekai (風のない世界) 14
1974 Fuyuzareta Machi (冬ざれた街) 9
Toki wo Mitsumete (時をみつめて) 25
1975 Hontou no Koto wo Ieba (本当のことをいえば) 9
Mayumity (Utsuro na Ai) (MAYUMITY・うつろな愛) 37
1977 Etranger (えとらんぜ, Etoranze) 34
Aozora (蒼空) 50
1978 Itsuwa Mayumi (五輪真弓) 9
Nokoribi (残り火) 17
1979 Kiro (岐路) 17
1980 Koibito yo (恋人よ) 1
1981 Shunshu (春愁) 9
Collection (cassette only, compilation) 17
Marionette 5
1982 Collection '82 (compilation) 64
Shiosai (潮騒) 6
1983 Live '83 32
Mado () 15
1984 Atsui Sayonara (熱いさよなら) 15
1985 Best (compilation, cassette only) 33
Kaze no Uta (風の詩) 31
1986 Best Collection (compilation, compact disc only) 64
Toki no Nagare ni (時の流れに) 12
Best Selection (compilation, cassette only) 36
1987 Wind and Roses 31
Singles (compilation) 67
1988 Nostalgie 29
1989 New Best Selection (compilation) 64
1990 Na mo Naki Michi (名もなき道) 47
1991 Anniversary Eve 82
1992 The Memorial Album 70
1993 Anthology Vol. 1 (compilation)
Anthology Vol. 2 (compilation)
1994 Personal
1996 21st Century (21世紀)
Now And Forever (compilation)
2002 Mayumi Classics (compilation)
2003 Time to Sing
Blue Anthology (compilation)
2006 Mayumi the Best: Kokoro no Tomo (compilation)
2007 Welcome 6
2009 Golden Best Deluxe Mayumi Itsuwa Complete Single Collection (GOLDEN☆BEST deluxe 五輪真弓 コンプリート・シングルコレクション)
2013 Mayumi Itsuwa 40th Anniversary Best Album "Lovers and Friends" (五輪真弓40周年記念ベストアルバム「Lovers & Friends」) 5
2015 Mayumi Itsuwa Best Encore (五輪真弓BEST ENCORE)
2016 Mayumi Itsuwa Live: Kokoro no Tomo AFTER DECADES (五輪真弓ライブ~心の友~AFTER DECADES)


  1. ^ "List of number-one hits on the Japanese Oricon Weekly Singles Chart". Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  2. ^ "History of the Japan Record Awards - List of the 22nd Award Winners" (in Japanese). Archived from Japan Composer's Association the original Check |url= value (help) on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  3. ^ "List of the Oricon Top 100 Charting Albums by Mayumi Itsuwa". Archived from Yamachan Land (Japan's charts archives) - Albums Chart Daijiten - the original Check |url= value (help) on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2008-12-13.