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Taro Shoji

Background information
Birth name Taro Shoji
Born December 11, 1898(1898-12-11)
Origin Akita, Akita Prefecture, Japan
Died October 4, 1972 (aged 73)
Genres Ryūkōka
Occupations Singer
Years active 1933–1972

Taro Shoji (東海林 太郎 Shōji Tarō ?, December 11, 1898 – October 4, 1972) was a Japanese popular music (ryūkōka) singer.

Shoji was born in Akita, Akita Prefecture. He graduated from the Waseda University. He at first entered the South Manchuria Railway. He made his debut as a recording singer in 1933.[1] He attempted to become a Western classical singer, but finally became a popular singer. Although he looked like a baritone singer, he sang popular song "Akagi no Komoriuta" (赤城の子守唄 ?) written about Kunisada Chūji.[2] The song was released in 1934 and sold 400,000 copies.[3]

After the World War II, many of his songs were once banned from singing because those songs were regarded as nationalistic. In addition, he suffered from cancer. However, he recovered from the illness in 1964. In the late 1960s, his popularity was revived. He died from cerebral hemorrhage in 1972.

Discography

  • Egasa Higasa (絵傘日傘 Graphic umbrella Sun umbrella ?) : 1933
  • Akagi no Komoriuta (赤城の子守唄 Berceuse of Akagi ?) : 1934
  • Kurai Nichiyōbi (暗い日曜日 ?, His cover version of "Gloomy Sunday") : 1936
  • Mugi to Heitai (麦と兵隊 Wheat and Soldier ?) : 1938
  • Butaichō to Heitai (部隊長と兵隊 Unit Commander and Soldier ?) : 1938 with Bin Uehara
  • Senjō Hatsu Butai (戦場初舞台 Battleground First Stage ?) : 1940
  • Gunkoku Maiougi (軍国舞扇 Militarist Dancer Fan ?) : 1941

References

  1. ^ (Japanese) "Shoji Taro". CD Journal. http://www.cdjournal.com/main/artist/artist.php?ano=114172. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  
  2. ^ (Japanese) "不動の魂・東海林太郎そのデビュー". JANJAN. 2006-06-15. http://www.news.janjan.jp/column/0606/0606146008/1.php. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  
  3. ^ Ewbank, Alison J. and Papageorgiou, Fouli T. Whose Master's Voice?: The Development of Popular Music in Thirteen Cultures. Google Books. via Greenwood Publishing Group. 1997. 161. ISBN 9780313277726
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