Sakamoto's song "Sukiyaki" became the first Japanese song in the United States to sell a million copies and reached No.1 on a popular chart on June 15, 1963. Its original (Japanese) title is "上を向いて歩こう" which means "I look up as I walk". He died on August 12, 1985 by an airplane accident during a flight on Japan Airlines Flight 123) aboard from Kanagawa in Japan.
His hit songsEdit
His major hit songs were as follows.
- 何もいらない俺だけど (1959)
- 悲しき六十才 (1960)
- ステキなタイミング (Good Timi`n) (1960)
- 月夜に歩けば (Walkin' in The Moonlight) (1961)
- カレンダーガール (Calendar Girl) (1961)
- 見上げてごらん夜の星を (1963)
- 上を向いて歩こう (Sukiyaki) (1963)
- 幸せなら手をたたこう (1964)
- 涙くんさよなら (1965)
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