Saori Minami

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Saori Minami
南 沙織
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Background information
Birth nameAkemi Shinoyama (篠山 明美)
Also known asCynthia
Born (1954-07-02) July 2, 1954 (age 65)
Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active
    • 1971–1978
    • 1991–1997
LabelsCBS Sony

Saori Minami (南 沙織, Minami Saori) (Real Name: Akemi Shinoyama (篠山 明美), née, Akemi Uchima (内間 明美); Christian Name: Cynthia) was born in Okinawa on July 2, 1954 to Japanese parents. In the 1970s she was active as an idol.

Biography[edit]

Saori Minami debuted with the single "17-sai" (17 Years Old) in the summer of '71. The song reached the #2 position on the Oricon chart list, was the 11th best selling single of 1971 in Japan and catapulted her into stardom.[1][2] The song came about after composer Kyōhei Tsutsumi asked Minami what her favourite song was, Minami replied with "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson and so Tsutsumi based "17-sai" on "Rose Garden".[3]

Together with fellow Japanese female entertainers Rumiko Koyanagi and Mari Amachi, Minami laid the foundations of the modern Japanese idol.[4] Minami, Koyanagi and Amachi were dubbed the "San-Nin Musume" (Three young girls).[5][6] Before them, Hibari Misora, Chiemi Eri and Izumi Yukimura were promoted in the same fashion.[7] 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]

Following the success of "17-sai", Minami was nominated for Best Newcomer of the Year at the 13th Japan Record Awards, but lost the title to Rumiko Koyanagi.[8] She was invited to perform "17-sai" on the 22nd edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen and eventually made 8 appearances on the show.[9]

The two singles that followed "17-sai", "Shiokaze no Melody" (Melody of the Seabreeze) and "Tomodachi" (Friends), both reached the Oricon top 10.[10][11] In the summer of 1972, "Junketsu" (Chastity) reached the #3 position on the Oricon charts and became one of her most successful singles.[12] Its follow up, "Aishuu no Page" (A Page Full of Sorrow), reached the same position and featured an intro spoken in English.[13] In the spring of 1973 "Kizutsuku Sedai" (Wounded Generation) was released, a single with Rock 'N' Roll influences which cracked the top 5.[14] In the summer of that same year "Iro Zuku Machi" (Painted City) became one of her biggest successes and, according to Minami herself, "one of my most representative songs".[15] She continued to release popular singles throughout the 1970s (most notably "Hito Kakera No Junjou" (A Little Naive) and "Hito Koishi Kute" (A Wonderful Person).[16]

Minami retired from show business in 1978.

Personal life[edit]

Minami is married to photographer Kishin Shinoyama, and has a son, Akinobu Shinoyama.

Partial discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 17-sai (Jūnana-sai) (17才, Seventeen Years Old)
Debut single and biggest hit
1971-06-01 (#2)
2 Shiokaze no MELODY (潮風のメロディ, Melody of the Seabreeze) 1971-10-01 (#7)
3 Tomodachi (ともだち, Friends) 1972-02-01 (#7)
4 Junketsu (純潔, Chastity) 1972-06-01 (#3)
5 Aishuu No PAGE (哀愁のページ, A Page Full of Sorrow)
1972-09-21 (#3)
6 Soushun No Minato (早春の港, Harbour in the Early Spring) 1973-01-23 (#11)
7 Kizutsuku Sedai (傷つく世代, Wounded Generation) 1973-05-01 (#3)
8 Irozuku Machi (色づく街, A Painted City)
1973-08-21 (#4)
9 Hito Kakera No Junjou (ひとかけらの純情, A Little Naive) 1973-12-05 (#8)
10 Bara No Kageri (バラのかげり, Total Eclipse of the Rose) 1974-03-21 (#15)
11 Natsu No Kanjou (夏の感情, Summer Feelings) 1974-06-21 (#16)
12 Yogiri No Machi (夜霧の街, The City of the Mist) 1974-09-21 (#17)
13 Hito Koishi Kute (人恋しくて, A Wonderful Person) 1975-08-01 (#8)
14 Hitonemuri (ひとねむり, Sleeping People) 1975-11-21 (#27)
15 Kiga Mukeba Denwa Shite (気がむけば電話して, Call Me When You Get That Feeling)
1976-03-01 (#29)
16 Kanashii Yousei (哀しい妖精, The Sad Fairy) 1976-09-1 (#20)
17 Machikado No LOVE SONG (街角のラブソング, A Street Love Song) 1977-07-21 (#36)
18 Haru No Yokan ~I'VE BEEN MELLOW~ (気がむけば電話して, Premonition of the Spring)
1978-01-21 (#25)
19 GOODBYE GIRL (グッバイガール) 1978-10-21 (#-)

Studio albums[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 17sai (17才)
Debut album
1971-10-01 (#8)
2 Junketsu/Tomodachi (純潔/ともだち) 1972-06-21 (#2)
3 Aishuu No PAGE (哀愁のページ) 1972-09-21 (#4)
4 Kizutsuku Sedai (傷つく世代) 1973-05-21 (#9)
5 Hatachi Mae (20才まえ) 1973-09-21 (#5)
6 Hito Kakera no Junjou (ひとかけらの純情)' 1974-02-21 (#6)
7 Natsu No Kanjou (夏の感情)
1974-07-21 (#7)
8 Nin Koishi Kute (人恋しくて) 1975-12-05 (#19)
9 Sugao No Mama De (素顔のままで)
1976-04-21 (#20)
10 Kanashii Yousei (哀しい妖精) 1976-09-21 (#19)
11 HELLO! CYNTHIA (-) 1977-08-21 (#29)
12 SIMPLICITY (-) 1978-10-01 (#37)

EPs[edit]

# Title Release Date
1 CYNTHIA no Christmas (シンシアのクリスマス)
1975-11-21

Live albums[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 CYNTHIA IN CONCERT (-)
First live album
1974-09-01 (#5)
2 SAORI ON STAGE (潮風のメロディ) 1977-12-05 (#74)
3 Sayonara CYNTHIA (さよならシンシア)
Goodbye concert
1978-12-05 (#-)

Compilations[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 Minami Saori Pops Wo Utau (南沙織 ポップスを歌う)
First best of album
1975-02-21 (#40)
2 Minami Saori No Subete (南沙織のすべて) 1983-11-05 (#-)
3 Minami Saori BEST SELECTION (ベスト・コレクション 南沙織) 1986-05-21 (#-)
4 Minami Saori BEST RECALL ~28 SINGLES SAORI +1~ (-) 1992-02-21 (#-)
5 Cynthia BEST ~ ETERNITY (-)
1996-06-21 (#-)
6 DREAM PRICE 1000 Minami Saori Iro Zuku Machi (DREAM PRICE 1000 南沙織 色づく街)' 2001-10-11 (#-)
7 GOLDEN BEST Minami Saori Tsutsumi Kyouhei wo Utau (GOLDEN☆BEST 南沙織 筒美京平を歌う)
2002-06-19 (#-)
8 Minami Saori THE BEST ~Cynthia-ly (南沙織 THE BEST 〜 Cynthia-ly) 2003-11-19 (#-)
9 Minami Saori BEST OF BEST (南沙織 BEST OF BEST) 2006-09-21 (#-)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 長田美穂「スターに愛されたガサコの編集者人生」『新潮45』2008年2月号、新潮社
  2. ^ Kase, Kimio (2005). Transformational CEOs: Leadership and Management Success in Japan. Edward Elgar. p. 163. ISBN 1 84542 046 2.
  3. ^ デビュー30周年記念メモリアル特別企画CD-BOX『 CYNTHIA ANTHOLOGY 』(2000.6.7、ソニーレコード)封入解説書参照。
  4. ^ ^ ベスト・アルバム 『 GOLDEN J-POP/THE BEST 南沙織 』(1998.11.21、ソニーレコード) ライナーノーツより。
  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. ^ Aoyagi, Hiroshi. Island Of Eight Million Smiles. p. 6 & 130.
  7. ^ "Hara, 82, to hang up saxophone". The Japan Times. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  8. ^ "Rumiko Koyanagi profile at Kouenirai" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Official NHK site detailing the Kohaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ Billboard Magazine, December 1971. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ Billboard Magazine, April 1972. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ Billboard Magazine, July 1972. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Billboard Magazine, November 1972. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Billboard Magazine, July 1973. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ ^ 歌手デビュー35周年記念商品CD-BOX『 Cynthia Premium 』(2000.6.14、ソニーレコード)封入のDVDパッケージより。
  16. ^ Billboard Magazine, February 1974. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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