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
Died Emi Itō June 15, 2012(2012-06-15) (aged 71)
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)

In the audio commentary for the DVD of Mothra vs. Godzilla, it is noted that director Ishiro Honda fondly recalled the Itos' professionalism. Though not primarily actresses by trade, they were surprisingly skilled, learned their lines quickly, and always worked on time, despite their own busy schedules.

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