Growing up, this guy was my sister's favorite singer; what comes of a hapa household where Kzoo and Kiku Tv are always on. Elton John and Led Zeppelin snuggled up on our playlists long before there were such things.
The 70's saw a surge of energetic young singers burst onto the Japanese music scene, none with the potential to conquer the globe like Hideki. He was tall. He was sexy. He could dance. Most important, he could sing. Kind of like Elvis, he made fans fall faint at his feet wherever he played, even into this century. Hideki was the first major Japanese singer to headline in Korea since the war/conflict/occupation.
I met him in 1999, bringing him to Hawaii for a concert that took months to negotiate with Sampei's help. It was a financial disaster but in true "the show must go on" fashion, we all pitched in and got it done. My sister flew in; my mother beamed as she shook his hand. Tom couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about but fans from various parts of the U.S. also attended.
He was a gentleman, a consummate performer, and told some funny jokes. His English was ok; we managed to communicate just fine. And I became a fan some twenty years after he was "a big thing."
Sharing some of my favorite videos in the comments. Some were filmed at an anniversary concert I attended on one of my trips to see him.
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TOKYO -- Hideki Saijo, a singer and actor who became a top national star in the 1970s with huge hits like
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