The present Doodle celebrates Japanese artist and actor Kyu Sakamoto, on the 59th anniversary of the arrival of the record including his iconic song “Ue o Muite Aruko” (“Let’s Look Up As We Walk”, 1961).
Following its delivery in English business sectors under the title “Sukiyaki,” the enthusiastic tune turned into the first Japanese track to sell million copies just as the first by an Asian recording artist to head the American Billboard Chart.
Kyu Sakamoto was born Hisashi Oshima on December tenth, 1941 in Kawasaki, Japan. His dad’s ninth youngster, he was nicknamed “Kyu,” a substitute perusing of his first name (九), which means the number nine.
Sakamoto started his profession at age 16 as a back-up singer before he chose to take his risks as an independent craftsman. The move immediately took care of when he was marked to a record name the next year.
Sakamoto saw achievement in Japan, promoting different pop hits and appearances in films and TV shows. After a jazz front of “Ue o Muite Aruko” turned into a hit in the U.K., Sakamoto’s unique was delivered in the U.S. under the name “Sukiyaki,” catapulting him to worldwide fame.
A demonstration of its amazing achievement, an instrumental version of “Sukiyaki” got one of the first songs sent over the radio to space explorers in space in 1965!
Plan to utilize his fame for good, Sakamoto helped bring up assets for youngsters with inabilities all through his career, including holding a show to profit the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics.
Here’s to you, Kyu!