Kyu Sakamoto

1941 - 1985

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Kyu Sakamoto (Japanese: 坂本 九, Hepburn: Sakamoto Kyū, born Hisashi Sakamoto (坂本 九, Sakamoto Hisashi) and raised as Hisashi Ōshima (大島 九, Ōshima Hisashi), 10 December 1941 – 12 August 1985) was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside Japan for his international hit song "Ue o Muite Arukō" (known as "Sukiyaki" in English-speaking markets), which was sung in Japanese and sold over 13 million copies. It reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963, making Sakamoto the first Asian recording artist to have a number one song on the chart. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kyu Sakamoto has received more than 825,652 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Kyu Sakamoto is the 192nd most popular singer (down from 190th in 2019), the 194th most popular biography from Japan (up from 209th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Singer.

Kyū Sakamoto is most famous for the song "Sukiyaki," which was the first Japanese-language song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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  • 30

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  • 3.49

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Among singers, Kyu Sakamoto ranks 192 out of 3,541Before him are Mario Del Monaco, Mario Lanza, Ken Shimura, Etta James, Chris Norman, and Mercédès Jellinek. After him are Britney Spears, Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, Dr. Dre, Joan Sutherland, and Trini Lopez.

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Among people born in 1941, Kyu Sakamoto ranks 75Before him are Gérson, Aimé Jacquet, Graham Chapman, Lella Lombardi, Mohamed Ghannouchi, and Vladimir Voronin. After him are Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., Louis Ignarro, Theodor W. Hänsch, Neil Diamond, Josip Skoblar, and Stephen Jay Gould. Among people deceased in 1985, Kyu Sakamoto ranks 29Before him are Robert Graves, George Pólya, John Franklin Enders, Ferhat Abbas, Elsa Morante, and James Hadley Chase. After him are Donald O. Hebb, Méret Oppenheim, André Kertész, Henry Hathaway, Jean-Marie Loret, and Paul Flory.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Kyu Sakamoto ranks 194 out of 5,560Before him are Ashikaga Takauji (1305), Naoto Kan (1946), Nagayasu Honda (null), Masahiko Kimura (1917), Yohji Yamamoto (1943), and Kenzo Ohashi (1934). After him are Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952), Emperor Seimu (83), Kiyoo Kanda (1900), Emperor Richū (336), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), and Issey Miyake (1938).

Among SINGERS In Japan

Among singers born in Japan, Kyu Sakamoto ranks 2Before him are Ken Shimura (1950). After him are Mariya Takeuchi (1955), Miyuki Nakajima (1952), Akina Nakamori (1965), Seiko Matsuda (1962), Ayumi Hamasaki (1978), Masashi Tashiro (1956), Yumi Matsutoya (1954), Izumi Sakai (1967), Yoko Kanno (1963), and Tetsuya Komuro (1958).

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