Yoshio Tabata

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Yoshio Tabata
田端義夫.jpg
Background information
Birth nameYoshio Tabata
Also known asBata-Yan
Born(1919-01-01)January 1, 1919
Mie prefecture, Japan
DiedApril 25, 2013(2013-04-25) (aged 94)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresRyūkōka, Enka
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter
InstrumentsElectric guitar
Years active1939–2013

Yoshio Tabata (田端義夫, Tabata Yoshio, January 1, 1919 – April 25, 2013) was a Japanese ryūkōka and enka singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist.[1] His debut song "Shima no Funauta" (島の舟唄, literally "Island Ship Song") was released in 1939. Along with enka-shi Haruo Oka's 1939 debut, his debut had a big impact on Japanese popular music because Japanese popular ryūkōka music of that time was mainly sung by classical music singers such as Ichiro Fujiyama and Noriko Awaya.[2] He was born in Matsusaka, Mie prefecture, Japan.

Discography[edit]

  • Shima no Funauta (島の舟唄, Island Ship Song) : 1939
  • Ume to Heitai (梅と兵隊, Plum and Soldier) : 1941
  • Shima Sodachi (島育ち, Growing in Island) : 1962
  • Jūku no Haru (十九の春, Spring at the Age of 19) : 1975
  • Shōwa San Dai ki (昭和三代記, Shōwa Three Generation Record) : 1994
  • Hyaku-nen no Ai (百年の愛, Love For 100 Years) : 1998 (Tribute song to Taro Shoji born in 1898)
  • Tabi no Owari ni Kiku Uta wa (旅の終わりに聞く歌は, The song heard at the trip's end is) : 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese singer Tabata dies at 94". Kyodo News. April 25, 2013. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  2. ^ Kikuchi, Kiyomaro (2006-08-31). 異色歌手の登場:岡晴夫と田端義夫 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.