Mickie Yoshino

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Mickie Yoshino
Mickie Yoshino Sep.2018.jpg
Mitsuyoshi Yoshino

(1951-12-13)13 December 1951
OccupationMusician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer
Years active1968–present
Musical career
InstrumentsKeyboards, vocal
LabelsToshiba EMI[1], Nippon Columbia[2], Satril Records[3], BBC Records[4], Universal Music Japan[5], G-matics[6][7] ,Bandai Music Entertainment[8], Omagatoki[9][10], A.La.Mode Co.,Ltd.[11][12], Pioneer[13], Pony Canyon[14]
Associated actsThe Golden Cups, Sunrise, Flesh & Blood, Dutch Baker, Mickie Yoshino Group, Godiego, P.S.M. All Stars, EnTRANS, Natsuno-Gumi,

Mickie Yoshino[15] (born December 13, 1951) is a Japanese keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger. Mickie is known for leading the rock band Godiego. In 2005, he won a Japan Academy Prize for his music which was used in the film "Swing Girls"[16] (Altamira Pictures). Yoshino still works on music with groups such as Godiego and EnTRANS currently.


Early years and The Golden Cups[edit]

Mickie's musical career began when he was a junior in high school, playing in night clubs and the U.S. military base in Yokohama, Japan. In 1967, at the age of 16, he became a member of The Golden Cups, a group known as the pioneer of the Japanese blues scene. The band went on to release several smash hits.[17] After leaving the band in 1971,[18] He went to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[19] While there, he studied piano with Charlie Banacos, Dean Earl, Ray Santisi, Edward C.Bedner. He also performed arrangements with Gary Burton and Phil Wilson. Mickie formed the group Flesh & Blood (a.k.a. "Dutch Baker") and played in the Boston rock scene at the same time as active groups Aerosmith and Boston.[20][21]


After graduating from Berklee, Mickie returned to Japan to form the group Godiego (pronounced Go-die-Go).

Godiego dominated the hit charts from 1978 through the mid-80s[22] and is credited with changing and influencing the Japanese pop scene.

In the United Kingdom, Godiego became known for the theme song of "The Water Margin", a TV series that aired on the BBC. The song reached number 16 in the UK singles chart.[23] Satril Records released the album "The Water Margin" in the UK & Europe.[24][25] Godiego's biggest hits in Japan came from a TV series called "Monkey", which also aired on the BBC. This series went on to become a "cult Japanese TV series" with videos and DVDs sold not only in the UK but in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa among other countries. "Gandhara" and "Monkey Magic" were the most well-known songs from the TV series. Godiego also attracted international attention when they wrote and released "Beautiful Name", the theme song for Unicef's International Year of the Child. He wrote and played for soundtracks such as the film House.[26] It is known that Francis Ford Coppola intended to appoint a Japanese composer Isao Tomita to his movie "Apocalypse Now," which was prevented due to label contracts issue.[27][28] and Tomita[29] was planning to let Godiego play the rock part of the soundtracks[30]

Mickie was also very involved with Roland Corp. in the development of synthesizers and digital stage pianos in the '70s and '80s[31] Godiego was one of the first rock bands to use the first guitar synthesizer for both recordings and live performances[32]

In 1980, Godiego was the first rock group to perform in China, a groundbreaking and historical event[33][34][35] They also performed for 60,000 people in Katmandu, Nepal[36] and performed in Australia[37] and the United States.[38] Around 1985, Godiego broke up. In 1999/2000, they reunited for a 17 concert nation-wide tour.

1980s–1990s career[edit]

In the late '80s, Mickie helped to establish the PAN School of Music in Tokyo and Yokohama. He also released his own albums "American Road" and "Longway from Home", and worked with many musicians including Paul Jackson (ex. Herbie Hancock),[39] Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson),[40] Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Ray Parker, Jr.,[41] Kenichi Hagiwara,[42] Char, and Shuichi Hidano.

EnTRANS and jazz/fusion activities[edit]

EnTRANS at Kamome, Yokohama 2012

Mickie has a diverse portfolio in his musical activities. He formed a crossover musical group called "EnTRANS" with Takayuki Inoue (g), Yoshihiro Naruse (b) (Casiopea 3rd), Nobuo Yagi (blues harp) (ex.Curtis Creek Band) and Shuichi Hidano (Taiko drums). Inonu retired in 2009, but the band continues working.

Mickie has created crossover music since the 1960s. He joined "Time is now, Jazz & Rock crossover concert"[43] with Terumasa Hino Quintet, Hiroshi Kamayatsu, and Takayuki Inoue, etc. in 1969. As Godiego, He and Yukihide Takekawa composed "Suite: Peace" inspired by the theme of Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance No.1" in 1977, and "In You Kanjincho" based upon Nagauta, Japanese traditional Music, "Kanjincho". Mickie arranged Rock tune with horns and Traditional Japanese musical instruments, as shamisen, shakuhachi, biwa and tsuzumi in 1981.

From the 2000s, Mickie frequently plays with Jazz players Kenji Hino (b) and Masa Kohama (g).

The Golden Cups Reunion[edit]

In the early 2000s, Mickie participated in the reunion of the Golden Cups and a documentary film, "The Golden Cups One More Time"[44], which was produced by Altamira Pictures.

The Golden Cups at Honmoku Golden Cup 2013.

The movie showed the band's influence on so many Japanese rock players,[45][46] such as Kiyoshiro Imawano (ex.RC Succession), Akiko Yano, Takayuki Inoue (Ex.Spiders), Ken Yokoyama (Crazy Ken Band).

Go-Die-Go 's Endless Journey[edit]

Mickie reformed Godiego in 2006 with the most popular members Yukihide Takekawa (vo), Takami Asano (g), Steve Fox (b), and Tommy Snyder (d). Godiego had big projects as a 3-year series of concerts for Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, 2007-2009. In 2014, Yoji Yoshizawa (g&b) joined the band, and they continue to tour, releasing CDs & DVDs.

Godiego at Billboard Live Osaka in 2015.

Mickie's Band History (The Band of Wine & Roses)[47][48][edit]

  • Saburos[49] (1965)
  • J.Walker & Pedestrians[50] (1965)
  • Shuson Konno & New Camelias[51] (1966)
  • Chosen Few[52] (1966)
  • Midnight Express Blues Band[53] (1966-1967)
  • BeBes[54] (1967)
  • Flower Creation[55] (1968)
  • The Golden Cups (1968-1970, 2004-)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark I[56] (1970)
  • Sunrise[57] (1970-1971)
  • Funky Tongue (1971)
  • Rapscallion[58] (1972)
  • Flesh & Blood[59] (1972-1973)
  • Dutch Baker Band[60] (1973-1974)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark II[61] (1974) (1974)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark III[62] (1974)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark IV[63] (1975)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark V[64] (1975)
  • Godiego (1976-1985,1999-2001, 2006- )
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark VI[65] (1976)
  • Mickie Yoshino Group Mark VII[66] (1977-1978)
  • Kaleidoscope Session Band Rock Session[67] (1977)
  • Kaleidoscope Session Band Jazz Session[68] (1977)
  • PAN[69] (1983-1986)
  • Debut![70] (1983-1986)
  • Andre Marlrau Band[71] (1985-1990)
  • Black, Yellow & White[72] (1986)
  • P.S.M. All Stars[73] (1987-1988)
  • Paul Jackson Band[74] (1987-1988)
  • Mickie Yoshino Special Band[75] (1987-1988)
  • Mickie Yoshino & SLYME[76] (1987-1988)
  • Mickie Yoshino Band[77] (1992)
  • Earthmatics[78] (1994)
  • Valco[79] (1995)
  • Joe Yamanaka Band (2000-2006)
  • EnTRANS[80] (2001-)
  • Silver Cups (a.k.a. Yokohama Super Session Band)[81] (2010-)
  • Natsuno-Gumi[82] (2010-)
  • Mickie Yoshino New Group[83] (2010-2011)


The Golden Cups[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Golden Cups Album Vol. 2 (1968)
  • Blues Message The Golden Cups Album Vol. 3 (1969)
  • The Fifth Generation (1971)

Live albums[edit]

  • Super Live Session (1969)
  • The Golden Cups Recital (1969)
  • One More Time (2014)


  • My Love Only For You ja:愛する君に (1968)[84]
  • Good Bye My Love ja:過ぎ去りし恋 (1968)[85]
  • Honmoku Blues ja:本牧ブルース (1969)[86]
  • Lucille ja:ルシール (1969)
  • Butterfly Won't Fly ja:蝶は飛ばない (1969)[87]
  • Bitter Tears ja:にがい涙 (1970)


  • The Best of The Golden Cups ja:ザ・ゴールデン・カップスのすべて (1969)
  • Girl With Long Hair - The Best of The Golden Cups ja:長い髪の少女 ザ・ゴールデン・カップスのすべて (1969)
  • Rock 'n Roll Jam '70 (1970)
  • Blues of Life (2004)

The Godiego[edit]

Tigers Memorial Club Band[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Tigers Memorial Club Band ja:タイガース・メモリアル・クラブバンド (1988)
  • Tigers Memorial Club Band II -Me and Our Summer- ja:タイガース・メモリアル・クラブバンド 僕と僕らの夏 (1994)


  • Natsukashiki Love Song ja:懐かしきラブソング (1988)
  • Kimiyo Megami no Mamade ja:君よ女神のままで (1990)


Studio albums[edit]

  • Be Our Guest!!!! (2016)

Live albums[edit]

  • We, Us (2009)

Solo, Session & Small Unit[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Zan-Sonezakishinju ja:残・曾根崎心中 (1975) as Mickie Yoshino Group with Hanayagi Genshu
  • Kaleidoscope (1978) with Kazumi Watanabe
  • American Road (1986)
  • P.S.M. All Stars Vol.1 (1987) as P.S.M. All Stars
  • Longway From Home (1988)
  • BOUE (1991)
  • Come Back My Bay Blues (1993) as Valco
  • In The Book of Heaven (1994) as The Spirit of Godiego
  • Earthmatics (Godiego-Ki) ja:ゴダイゴ記 (1996)
  • Pop Art Music (1998)
  • ART, ART, ART, FOR THE EARTH FROM MY HEART (original tracks "R" "B" "G") (1998)
  • ME & 70's (2008)
  • Jazz for Kids (2014) with Paul Jackson
  • Tung Fat Heavens and Sweets (2016) as Tung Fat Heavens and Sweets
  • 1970 (2017)

Live Album[edit]

  • 1974 One Step Festival (2019) as Mickie Yoshino Group


  • Baby Hold On (1971) as Sunrise
  • Return to China (1994)
  • Aisuru Kanatahe (Long way from home) ja:愛する彼方へ (1995)
  • Yes, I Will (1995) as Natsuno-Gumi(ja:なつの組)
  • Get Wild (2016)
  • Otokotachi no Tabiji ja:男たちの旅路 (2017) as Mickie Yoshino Group

Soundtrack Album[edit]

  • Iroha No I ja:いろはの"い" (1976) as Godiego
  • House ja:HOUSE ハウス (1977) as Godiego with Asei Kobayashi
  • Little Superman Ganbaron ja:ちいさなスーパーマン ガンバロン (1977)
  • The Glacier Fox (Documentary) ja:キタキツネ物語 (1977) as Godiego with Masaru Sato
  • Kamisama Naze Ainimo Kokkyo Ga Aruno ja:神様なぜ愛にも国境があるの (1979)
  • Otokotachi no Tabiji ja:男たちの旅路 (1979) as Mickie Yoshino Group
  • Haruka Naru Souro ja:遥かなる走路 (1980) as Godiego
  • Urusei Yatsura3 Remember My Love ja:うる星やつら 3 リメンバー・マイ・ラブ] (1985)
  • Kids ja:キッズ (1985)
  • Spirit Warrior ja:孔雀王 (1988)
  • Dragon Quest ja:ドラゴンクエスト (1989)
  • Swing Girls ja:スウィングガールズ (2004)
  • Happy Flight ja:ハッピー・フライト (2008)
  • The Youth Killer ja:青春の殺人者 (2010)
  • Robo-G ja:ロボジー (2012)
  • Hitoha Sorewo Scandal Toyu ja:人はそれをスキャンダルと言う (2014)
  • Happy Wedding ja:ハッピー・ウェディング] (2015)
  • The seal of the sun ja:太陽の蓋 (2016)

Video, LD & DVD[edit]

  • Above Los Angeles (1988)
  • Bali (1990)
  • Sound Journey Mickie Yoshino Palau~Cruising of rock island~ (2002)
  • Sound Journey Mickie Yoshino Alaska~Glacier and Forest~ (2002)
  • Sound Journey Mickie Yoshino present Genta Ueki Gold Coast~the Earth~ (2002)



  • They are our ROOTS! From GS Golden Cups to Godiego ja:僕らのルーツはこれだ! GSゴールデンカップスからゴダイゴ (2012) with Takami Asano, Rokusaisha, ISBN 978-4846308537)
  • Mickie Yoshino no Tabi no Tomodachi ja:ミッキー吉野の人生(たび)の友だち (2015), Shinko Music, ISBN 978-4401641833


  1. ^ The Golden Cups works
  2. ^ Godiego & solo works
  3. ^ Godiego works in UK
  4. ^ Godiego works for BBC
  5. ^ Godiego works (2006-)
  6. ^ Independent label by Japanese Record Shop Group "Disk Union"
  7. ^ Solo works
  8. ^ Solo work ("BOUE")
  9. ^ Independent Label by Japanese Record Shop Group "Shinseido"
  10. ^ Solo work("Pop Art Music")
  11. ^ Independent Label held by Mickie Yoshino
  12. ^ Solo works as "Earthmatics"
  13. ^ Laserdisc("Godiego on Silk Road")
  14. ^ Image DVD works
  15. ^ ja:ミッキー吉野
  16. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28th_Japan_Academy_Prize
  17. ^ The Golden Cups Official Page
  18. ^ Before he left for the United States, he formed a band called "Sunrise" with his friends Steve Fox, Frank Simes, David Nielsen and Jeff Macmann, and released a single "Baby Hold On".
  19. ^ In "Berklee Today" on Billboard magazine (April 15, 1995), Mickie wrote an article "Congratulation on Berklee's 50 Years" as the college's an alumnus of the class of 1974.
  20. ^ Mickie Yoshino Official Website https://www.mickieyoshino.com/english
  21. ^ "Who am I?" by Steve Fox(1995 Crest/ISBN 978-4877120344)
  22. ^ Godiego released Japanese Top Ten hit tunes such as "Gandhara" (No. 6), "Monkey Magic" (No. 17), "Beautiful Name" (No. 19), "The Galaxy Express 999" (No. 14) and "Holy and Bright". Chart action is Japanese Annual Hit Chart, Original Confidence
  23. ^ Music Week(23/October/1977)
  24. ^ Billboard (28/February/1978)
  25. ^ Music Week(21/January/1977)
  26. ^ House Trivia, IMDb
  27. ^ "Isao Tomita (2014 RBMA Tokyo Lecture)". YouTube. November 13, 2014.
  28. ^ Coppola's interview in Liner Notes from OST "Apocalypse Now Redux"
  29. ^ Mickie played Hammond Organ in Tomita's "Multiplex Sounds for "Global Vision" which was recorded for Toshiba IHI Pavilion in Japan World Exposition,Osaka 1970.
  30. ^ "Electronic Music in Japan" by Yuji Tanaka (Aspect 2001/ISBN 978-4757208711), via Facebook.
  31. ^ "Electronic Music in Japan" by Yuji Tanaka (Aspect 2001/ISBN 978-4757208711) via Facebook.
  32. ^ Keyboards Magazine Special Issue "Magic Capsule" (Ritto Music November 1979)
  33. ^ The 1st China-Japan Amity Music Concert at Tianjin 23&24/October/1980 Godiego Album "Live in China" (1980) Liner Notes
  34. ^ "The Concert was held for the second Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship Treaty" Philadelphia Daily News(25/October/1980)
  35. ^ "Chinese Get First Sample of Western Rock and Roll" Hartford Courant (24 October 1980)
  36. ^ Dasarath Rangasala Stadium(07/February/1980)-A part of the concert was shown in the movie "Godiego on Silk Road"(1980/Pioneer).
  37. ^ Royal Melbourne Show(20-29/September/1984)-"Few Waiting For Godiego" The Age(26/September/1984)
  38. ^ Godiego appeared on October 11, 1980, at the third annual Los Angeles Street Scene festival Los Angeles Times 10 October 1980
  39. ^ They had tours to introduce jazz music for Japanese kids, named "Jazz for Kids" through the late of the '80s. Their recordings were released in 2014. Paul Jackson also played in "American Road" and "Longway From Home".
  40. ^ Jennifer joined Godiego Concert for Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in 2007, which released as DVD(2007 Universal J/ASIN: B000V3PS58).
  41. ^ Ray and Mickie played in japan and the Live was released as "Ray Parker, Jr. with The Stage Of The Rhythm"(2002 Nippon Crown/ASIN: B00006ITU8) in 2002.
  42. ^ Mickie was a primal member of Hagiwara's support band named "Andre Marlrau Band" or "Braque Marlrau Band"
  43. ^ ja「時は今/ジャズとロックの旗揚げコンサート」
  44. ^ http://altamira.jp/goldencups/conts/pop/dvd_news.html
  45. ^ The Chicago Shimpo(11/June/2010)http://altamiramusic.jp/news/wp-content/uploads/P7023178.jpg http://altamiramusic.jp/news/wp-content/uploads/P7023180.jpg
  46. ^ IMDb:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085948/?ref_=lgn_nv_sr_1%3Fref_%3Dnv_sr_1
  47. ^ ja ミッキー吉野 "バンド狂時代"
  48. ^ In 2011, Altamira Music Inc., a group company of Altamira Pictures, produced Mickie's 60 years anniversary concert "Mickie Yoshino - The Band of Wine & Roses". They distributed a booklet contains Mickie's long interview and his band history, for the concert.
  49. ^ with Saburo Nonaka, etc.
  50. ^ with Saburo Nonaka, etc.
  51. ^ with Shuson Konnno(g), Kawashima(g), Tetsuo Oda(b), Toshiyuki Meike(d).
  52. ^ with Mark Sonoda(g), John Aguinaldo(d), Ron Wood(b), Larry Paterton(vo).
  53. ^ with Shinki Chin(g), Lin Keibun(b), A. Chonchai(d), Ted Roper(g), Eiji Takemura(vo).
  54. ^ with Shinki Chin(g), Lin Keibun(b), A. Chonchai(d), Ted Roper(g), Eiji Takemura(vo).
  55. ^ with Roy Makishima(g&vo), Lin Keibun(b), A. Chonchai(d), Jimmy Takemoto(g).
  56. ^ with Shigeru Naruo(g), Masaoki Terakawa(b), Sadakazu Tabata(d), Dave Hirao (vo).
  57. ^ with Steve Fox(b), Frank Simes(g), David Nielsen(d) and Jeff Macmann(vo).
  58. ^ with Steve Fox(b), Pat Dipietro(d), Joe Laquidara(g).
  59. ^ with Steve Fox(b), Pat Dipietro(d), Wayne Chapin(g), John Moore, John Griffin.
  60. ^ with Steve Fox(b), Pat Dipietro(d), Wayne Chapin(g).
  61. ^ with Edward Lee(g), Shinichi Fujii(b), Ai Takano(d).
  62. ^ with Steve Fox(b), Yasushi Ichihara(d).
  63. ^ with Edward Lee(g), Steve Fox(b), Eugen Harada(d).
  64. ^ with Takami Asano(g), Steve Fox(b), Eugen Harada(d).
  65. ^ with Takami Asano(g), Steve Fox(b), Ryoji Asano(d).
  66. ^ with Takami Asano(g), Steve Fox(b), Tommy Snyder(d).
  67. ^ with Char(g,vo), etc.
  68. ^ with Kazumi Watanabe(g), etc.
  69. ^ with Yoji Yoshizawa & Tsuneo Matsumoto(g-synth), Hiroshi Kishimoto(tp.vo), Tommy Snyder(d,vo).
  70. ^ with Yoji Yoshizawa(g), George Mastich → Tsuneo Matsumoto(b), Tommy Snyder(d).
  71. ^ with Ken-ichi Hagiwara(vo), Takayuki Inoue(g), Seiji Hayami(g), Ken Watanabe(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Yuki Sugawara(per), Akio Suzuki(sax).
  72. ^ with Paul Jackson(b,vo), Tommy Snyder(d,vo).
  73. ^ with Jun Saito(d), Yoji Yoshizawa(g), Hiroshi Kishimoto(Tp), etc.
  74. ^ with Char(g,vo), Paul Jackson(b,vo), Mike Clark(d).
  75. ^ with Tsuneo Matsumoto(g), Fuyuhiko Uto(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Hirokazu Matsubara(key), Eri Ohno(vo).
  76. ^ with Tsuneo Matsumoto(g), Fuyuhiko Uto(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Hirokazu Matsubara(key), Paul Jackson(vo).
  77. ^ with Tsuneo Matsumoto(g), Fuyuhiko Uto(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Shin Kozuka(G,Vln).
  78. ^ with Takami Asano(g), Fuyuhiko Uto(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Shin Kozuka(G,Vln), Steve Fox(vo).
  79. ^ with Fuyuhiko Uto(b), Masayuki Higuchi(d), Shin Kozuka(G,Vln).
  80. ^ with Shuichi Hidano(taiko,vo), Nobuo Yagi(blues harp,vo), Yoshihiro Naruse(b). Takayuki Inoue(g,vo/-2009).
  81. ^ with Eddie Ban(g,vo), Masayoshi Kabe(g), Johnny Yoshinaga(d,vo)
  82. ^ with Kazuyuki Takekoshi.
  83. ^ with Kenji Hino(b), Toshi Hiketa(g), Tetsuya Hoshi(d).
  84. ^ Japanese weekly single chart (Original Confidence) No. 13(07/October/1968)
  85. ^ Japanese weekly single chart (Original Confidence) No. 89
  86. ^ Japanese weekly single chart (Original Confidence) No. 49
  87. ^ Japanese weekly single chart (Original Confidence) No. 82

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