Yamashita is one of Japan’s most respected singer-songwriters. One of the most successful male recording artists, Yamashita has sold about 9 million albums. His first success was in 1975 with the influential band Sugar Babe. The group disbanded early on and Yamashita when on to pursue a solo career. His early work, while critically acclaimed, sold poorly, but 1979’s album “Moonglow” signaled the beginning of his commercial success. Another notable album was 1991’s “Artisan”.