Mina Aoe

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Mina Aoe
Native name 青江 三奈
Birth name Shizuko Ihara (井原 静子?)
Born (1941-05-07)7 May 1941
Tokyo, Japan
Died 2 July 2000(2000-07-02) (aged 59)
Genres Enka, jazz
Years active 1966–1999
Labels Victor Entertainment

Shizuko Ihara (井原 静子 Ihara Shizuko?, 7 May 1941 – 2 July 2000), professionally known as Mina Aoe (青江 三奈 Aoe Mina?), was a Japanese female enka singer who had a series of popular hits in the late 1960s and continued charting late into her career.

With her distinctive husky voice, she acquired the nickname "Queen of the Blues". She appeared 18 times on the annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen show. After her death, a memorial to Aoe was established in the Isezakichō shopping area in Yokohama.[citation needed]

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