Archive for April 16, 2016

Honky Tonk

Written and originally recorded by Bill Doggett, this tune is a staple for instrumental guitar bands.

April 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

In the Shadows #18: Sukiyaki

The original recording of this song is the Japanese-language version performed by Kyu Sakamoto, written by lyricist Rokusuke Ei and composer Hachidai Nakamura. Ei wrote the lyrics while walking home from a Japanese student demonstration protesting continued US Army presence, expressing his frustration at the failed efforts.

It was a number 1 hit in the USA in 1963. The title “Sukiyaki” ( a Japanese hot pot dish) does not appear in the song’s lyrics, nor does it have any connection to them; it was used only because it was short, catchy, recognizably Japanese, and more familiar to English speakers.

April 16, 2016 at 6:00 am Leave a comment


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