Yuya Uchida (singer)
Yuya Uchida in 1963
|Birth name||Yuya Uchida (内田 雄也)|
|Born||November 17, 1939|
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
|Died||March 17, 2019 (aged 79)|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, record producer, actor|
|Associated acts||Flower Travellin' Band/The Flowers|
Yuya Uchida (Japanese: 内田 裕也 Hepburn: Uchida Yūya, November 17, 1939 in Nishinomiya – March 17, 2019) was a Japanese singer, record producer, and actor. With a career spanning six decades, he was a major figure in Japanese popular music.
Shocked after seeing Jimi Hendrix perform in London in 1967, Uchida returned home and wanted to introduce a similar sound to Japan. He formed Yuya Uchida & The Flowers who released the album Challenge! in 1969, which is composed almost entirely of covers of Western psychedelic rock acts. After replacing all but one member and reverting to a producer/manager role himself, the group changed their name to Flower Travellin' Band and released another cover album, 1970's Anywhere, before relocating to Canada. Before the move they recorded an album of original material in just two days; Satori was released in North America in 1971 by GRT Records. The band produced two more albums, Made in Japan (1972) and Make Up (1973), before separating for 34 years.
In addition to his solo career and Flower Travellin' Band, he worked with a large variety of musicians both domestic and international, and recorded with The Ventures and Frank Zappa in the mid-1970s. In 1975 he produced an international music festival titled "World Rock Festival" which featured artists from around the world performing together. That same year, Uchida also produced the self-titled album by Creation.
He unsuccessfully ran for the 1991 Tokyo gubernatorial election.
Personal life and legal troubles
Yuya Uchida married actress Kirin Kiki in 1973. The two separated two years later but remained married. Their daughter Yayako Uchida is an essayist/singer and married to actor Masahiro Motoki, who was adopted into the Uchida family as a mukoyōshi. Yuya was the grandfather to three children by his daughter.
Uchida was arrested in September 1977 for violating Japan's Cannabis Control Law. Although Uchida admitted ten years later that he was smoking it at the time, the charges were dropped Nolle prosequi. He was arrested again in 1983 for violating Japan's Firearm and Sword Possession Control Law. Uchida entered the offices of Udo Artists, Inc. with a kitchen knife and threatened a rock promoter for allegedly paying foreign artists far more money than Japanese ones. Again, he was never indicted.
Uchida successfully underwent emergency eye surgery on May 31, 2005 for a blocked retinal artery, which would have led to blindness. In mid-November 2005, his house was broken into and several watches and jackets were stolen.
On May 13, 2011, Uchida was arrested for assault and trespassing after threatening his former girlfriend, whom he began dating in December 2009. The police said that Uchida allegedly hit the 50-year-old woman after she tried ending their relationship in March and began sending her threatening letters. The woman said she had her locks changed, but Uchida then had another locksmith open the door and entered her house on April 19. Uchida acknowledged writing the letters and having spare keys made to her house, but denied threatening her.
- "Lonely Johnny/Young One" (ひとりぼっちのジョニー／ヤング ワン, 1963)
- "Young Heart o Urimono ni/Medal no Jōi" (破れたハートを売り物に／メダルのジョーイ, 1963)
- "Kanashiki Akuma/Cutie Pie" (悲しき悪魔／キューティー・パイ, 1963)
- "Blue Jean to Kawa Jumper/Gypsy Caravan" (ブルージーンと皮ジャンパー／ジプシー・キャラヴァン, 1964)
- "Viva Las Vegas/Roll Over Beethoven" (ラスベガス万才／ロール・オーバー・ベートーベン, 1964)
- "Swim de Ikou/Run Run Run" (スイムで行こう／ラン ラン ラン, 1965)
- "Last Chance/Flower Boy" (ラスト・チャンス／フラワー・ボーイ, 1969, Yuya Uchida & The Flowers)
- "Fantastic Girl/Yogiri no Trumpet" (ファンタジック・ガール／夜霧のトランペッ, 1969, Yuya Uchida & The Flowers)
- "Manjoki Rock n Roll/Joki-yasu Boogie" (マンジョキロックンロール／ジョキ安ブギ, 1974, Yuya Uchida and the 1815 Super Rock 'n' Roll Band)
- "Gonna Make It Tonight/Let's Twist No. 1" (1977)
- "What's Happening, Mr. Dylan?/Annie Get Your Guns" (1978)
- "Sake, Women & My Life/One Night Lullabye" (1979)
- "The Long Goodbye/Farewell My Lovely" (1982)
- "Killer in the Rain/Rolling on the Road" (1982)
- "Annie for a Cheek Time/No More Comics" (1985)
- "Shekina Baby" (シェキナベイベー, 2014, with Rino Sashihara)
- Rock Surfing Hot Rod (ロック・サーフィン・ホット・ロッド, 1964, with Isao Bitoh)
- Let's Go Monkey (レッツ・ゴー・モンキー, 1965, with Isao Bitoh)
- Challenge! (1969, Yuya Uchida & The Flowers)
- Y.U.Y.A 1815KC Rock'n Roll Broadcasting Station (1973)
- Exciting! Rock 'n' Roll Party (1973, Yuya Uchida and the 1815 Super Rock 'n' Roll Band)
- Hollywood (1975, Yuya Uchida and The Ventures)
- A Dog Runs (ア・ドッグ・ランズ, 1978)
- Farewell, My Lovely (さらば愛しき女よ, 1981)
- No More Comics (1985)
|1983||Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence||Military prison commander|
|1986||Comic Magazine||Toshiaki Kinameri|
|1989||Zatoichi, Darkness Is His Ally||Boss Akabei|
|2002||Deadly Outlaw: Rekka|
|2003||Akame 48 Waterfalls|
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