Sunday, November 1, 2009

Legendary Voices: 5) Hibari Misora

Hibari Misora was the greatest Japanese female star of the 20th Century. As an actress, she appeared in over 160 films. As a singer, she recorded 1,200 songs and sold 68 million albums. Due to her enormous popularity, she was dubbed the “Queen of the Showa Era.” Misora was the iconic singer of enka, Japan’s most traditional genre of pop music. At her death in 1989, 42,000 people attended her funeral. Her song, “Kawa No Nagare No Yo Ni,” [Flowing Like the River], was voted the greatest Japanese song of all time by 10 million people in an NHK poll.

Misora singing Kawa No Nagare No Yo Ni in her later years:

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