Reichi Nakaido

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Reichi Nakaido
Birth nameHideaki Kato
Also known asChabo
Born (1950-10-09) October 9, 1950 (age 68)
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
GenresRock, Blues, R&B
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer
Years active1969 -
LabelsToshiba EMI
Associated actsRC Succession, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Furuido, Reiran

Reichi "Chabo" Nakaido (仲井戸麗市, Nakaido Reichi), born Hideaki Katō (加藤秀明, Katō Hideaki, born October 9, 1950), is a Japanese guitarist and singer best known for his association with influential rock band RC Succession.


Nakaido was born in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1950.[1]

While attending high school, he formed a band named Furuido. After personnel changes, Furuido became a duo consisting of him and Yoshitaro Kanazaki. They made a record debut in 1971. Their best-known number "Sanae chan" was written by Nakaido. It sings about his first love Sanae in Kindergarten.[1] Their song "Nantoka Nare" was featured as the opening theme for the anime adaption of the manga Akagi.

Furuido disbanded in 1979, and Nakaido joined RC Succession the same year replacing Kenchi Haren. He was with the group until it ceased to perform in 1990. During his tenure, the group released noted songs like "Ameagari no Yozora ni" and enjoyed its peak of success.

After 1991, Nakaido went solo performing with his own Chabo Band as well as Reiran, a duo with Kohei Tsuchiya. He performed with RC Succession partner Kiyoshiro Imawano from time to time until his death in 2009, though the band never reunited.

Nakaido composed much of the music for the anime Serial Experiments Lain, which was eventually released as a soundtrack.


  • 1985 Nakaido Reiichi Book
  • 1990 E
  • 1992 Dada
  • 1994 Glad All Over (with Kiyoshiro Imawano)
  • 1995 Present #1
  • 1996 Present #2
  • 1996 Present #3
  • 1997 Great Spirit
  • 1997 Soul to Soul
  • 1997 Present #4
  • 1999 My R&R
  • 2000 Works
  • 2002 Time


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