The Peanuts

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The Peanuts
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The Peanuts in 1966
Background information
Born (1941-04-01) April 1, 1941 (age 74)[citation needed]
Origin Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupation(s) singers, actresses
Years active 1958–1975
Labels King Records
Members Emi Itō
Yumi Itō

The Peanuts (ザ・ピーナッツ Za Pīnattsu?) was a Japanese vocal group consisting of twin sisters Emi Itō (伊藤エミ, Itō Emi) and Yumi Itō (伊藤ユミ, Itō Yumi).[1] They were born in Tokoname, Aichi, (Japan) on April 1, 1941.[citation needed] Soon after the twins' birth, the family moved to Nagoya.

In their early years they sang Japanese covers of standards, foreign hits, and Japanese folk songs; then they began singing originals, written by their producer, Hiroshi Miyagawa, and such songwriters as Koichi Sugiyama and Rei Nakanishi. Later they embarked on a brief acting career, notably in the 1961 film Mothra and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. They are first performers of "Koi no Vacance". The pair retired from performance in 1975.[citation needed]. The duo is remembered most for its versions of European songs and for a handful of Japanese pop songs, such as "Furimukanaide" ("Don't Turn Around"). Its performing style played heavily on their being monozygotic twins with voices only slightly apart in timbre (making a duet sound like a solo artist using reverb).

Emi Itō died on June 15, 2012, at the age of 71.[2]


  • 可愛いピーナッツ (kawaii pinattsu) 1959
  • ピーナッツ民謡お国めぐり (pinattsu minyou okuni meguri) 1960
  • The Hit Parade 1960
  • I'll see you in my dreams 1961
  • The Hit Parade Vol.2 1962
  • The Hit Parade Vol.3 1962
  • The Folk Songs 1963
  • Popular Standards 1963
  • The Hit Parade 1963
  • The Hit Parade Vol.4 1964
  • The Hit Parade Vol.5 1964
  • The Hit Parade Vol.6 1965
  • Souvenirs aus Tokio 1965
  • The Hit Parade Vol.6 Around the Europe 1966
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・デラックス (The Peanuts Deluxe) 1967
  • Golden Deluxe 1968
  • Feelin' Good new dimension of the Peanuts 1970
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ダブル・デラックス (The Peanuts Double Deluxe) 1971
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト・アルバム (The Peanuts Best Album) 1971
  • 華麗なるフランシス・レイ・サウンド ザ・ピーナッツ最新映画主題歌を歌う (kareinaru furanshisu rei saundo The Peanuts saishin eiga jyudaika wo utau) 1971
  • 世界の女たち (sekai no onnatachi) 1972
  • Superdisc 20 1972
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・オン・ステージ (The Peanuts On Stage) 1972
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト20/指輪のあとに (The Peanuts Best 20 / yubiwa no atoni) 1973
  • 情熱の砂漠 (jyonetsu no sabaku) 1973
  • Superdisc 20 1973
  • 気になる噂/ベスト・オブ・ザ・ピーナッツ (ki ni naru uwasa/Best Of The Peanuts) 1974
  • ザ・ピーナッツベスト20 (The Peanuts Best 20) 1974
  • Eternal! 1975
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト20 (The Peanuts - Best 20) 1975
  • Big Star Series ザ・ピーナッツ (Big Star Series The Peanuts) 1976
  • Big Star W Series ザ・ピーナッツ (Big Star W Series The Peanuts) 1977
  • The Peanuts Original 1978
  • The Peanuts Pops 1978
  • The Peanuts Love 1978
  • Best Star W Deluxe 1979
  • スーパースター・ベスト・アルバム ザ・ピーナッツ (Super Star Best Album The Peanuts) 1979
  • Monument 1980
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト (The Peanuts Best) 1980
  • The Peanuts History Vol.1 1983
  • The Peanuts History Vol.2 1983
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト 1984
  • 復刻盤 ザ・ピーナッツ・オン・ステージ (fukkokuban The Peanuts On Stage) 1984
  • ザ・ピーナッツ・ベスト・アルバム (The Peanuts Best Album) 1985
  • D.C.恋のフーガ (D.C. koi no fuuga) 1987
  • D.C. Retro 198


  1. ^ Real names Hideyo Itō (伊藤日出代, Itō Hideyo) and Tsukiko Itō (伊藤月子, Itō Tsukiko) respectively.
  2. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun online at (accessed July 5, 2012)

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