Saori Minami

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Saori Minami (南 沙織 Minami Saori; Real Name: 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.

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

Biography[edit]

Saori Minami debuted with the single "Jyunanasai" (Seventeen 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 Kyohei Tsutsumi asked Minami what her favourite song was, Minami replied with "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson and so Tsutsumi based "Jyunanasai" 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 "Jyunanasai", 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 "Jyunanasai" on the 22nd edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen and eventually made 8 appearances on the show.[9]

The two singles that followed "Jyunanasai", "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]

Saori Minami retired from show business in 1978. In 1979 she married Kishin Shinoyama.

Partial Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Title Release Date/Chart Position
1 17sai (Jyunanasai) (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)

EP's[edit]

# Title Release Date
1 CYNTHIA no Kurisumasu (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 (#-)

Greatest hits[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: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Official NHK site detailing the Kohaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ Billboard Magazine, December 1971. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ Billboard Magazine, April 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ Billboard Magazine, July 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ Billboard Magazine, November 1972. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ Billboard Magazine, July 1973. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (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: |access-date= (help)

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