ザ・ピーナッツ / The Peanuts

February 2, 2020

 

 夢のヒットパレード~スーパー・コレクション ザ・ピーナッツⅠ

「ザ・ヒット・パレード」「シャボン玉ホリデー」 

 

Hit Parade of Dreams-Super Collection "The Peanuts"

"The Hit Parade" "Soap Bubble Holiday"

 

1 可愛い花 / Cute flowers / Petite Fleur

2 キエン・セラ / Quien Serra

3 米山さんから(三階節) / From Yoneyama (3rd floor section)

4 キサス・キサス / Kisses Kisses

5 コメ・プリマ / Prima Rice

6 ある恋の物語 / A love story

7 チャッキリ・チャ・チャ・チャ / Chakkiri Cha Cha Cha

8 情熱の花 / Passion flower

9 ウナ・セラ・ディ東京 / Una Sera di Tokyo

10 恋の裏切り / Betrayal of love

11 ラ・ノビア / La Novia (Ave Maria)

12 ジューン・ブライド / June Bride

13 こっちを向いて / Turn here

14 ほほにかかる涙 / Tears on the cheeks

15 知らなかった / I did not know 

16 ポエトリー / Poetry

17 ピノキオへの手紙 / Letter to Pinocchio

18 夢みる想い / Dreaming

18 花はどこへ行った / Where did all the flowers go?

19 青空の笑顔 / Blue sky smile

 

Peanuts were one of the first close harmony pop singers from the east. The close harmonies are extra attractive which makes every track perfect early 60s entertainment. This was a new successful sound. Remember some of the American and Korean bands who followed this new sound with much pleasures. The largest part of it is still rooted in 50s styled pop with a more full orchestra, and with a more romantic feel.

 

"A series of two CDs of The Peanuts LP "Cute Peanuts" and "Una Sera di Tokyo". Besides, it is very bargain at 1998 yen! The jacket uses the LP of "Una Serra di Tokyo" as it is to create the atmosphere of that time. Digipak specification (the place where the disc is stored in a so-called paper jacket is plastic).

 

This series is the first CD of past albums such as The Peanuts, Yukari Ito, Michiyo Azusa / Yasuo Tanabe, Rockabilly Three Men, Takeshi Terauchi, Smiley Ohara, etc."

 

 

ザ・ピーナッツ全曲集 / The Peanuts Complete Song Collection

 

CD1-1 可愛い花 / Cute flowers

2 情熱の花 / Passion flower

3 悲しき16才 / 16 years old sad

4 心の窓にともし灯を / Lights on windows in my heart

5 月影のナポリ / Moonlight in Naples

6 ルナ・ナポリターナ / Luna Napolitana

7 イエロー・バード / Yellow bird

8 ふりむかないで / Don't pretend

9 私と私 / Me

10 手編みの靴下 / Hand knitted socks

11 レモンのキッス / Lemon kiss

12 若い季節 / Young season

13 恋のバカンス / Vacation of love

14 ジューン・ブライド / June Bride

15 ウナ・セラ・ディ東京 / Una sera do Tokyo

 

CD2-1 明日になれば / If tomorrow

2 ローマの雨 / Rainy Rome

3 銀色の道 / Silver road

4 恋のフーガ / Fugue of love

5 恋のオフェリア / Ofelia in love

6 恋のロンド / Rondo of love

7 哀愁のヴァレンティーノ / Sorrowful Valentino

8 東京の女 / Tokyo Woman

9 大阪の女 / Osaka Woman

10 なんの気なしに / Do not worry

11 サンフランシスコの女 / San Francisco Woman

12 さよならは突然に / Goodbye suddenly

13 モスラの歌 / Mothra song

14 南京豆売り / Nanjing beans seller

15 スター・ダスト / Star dust

 

Also this compilation starts with a lot of early rockabillies, then adds almost exotic 60s pop romantic songs. The compilation surely proves the attraction of this twin sister close vocal range duo. Especially CD1 shows essential pop material. The second CD has some romantic, but also some slightly more commercial power-popular sounding material.

 

Translation from a Japanese text with mistakes still in it:

 

http://peanuts-holiday.jp/FKCL-40182-3.htm

 

"This CD is a limited CD created for members by "The CD Club", a membership organization operated by Sony Family Club, a major mail order company. So the release of The Peanuts' CD "The Peanuts Complete Song Collection" was published in the September 1999 issue of "CD Club Magazine". 

 

伊 The Ito Sisters sung in Nagoya were discovered by Watanabe Pro and moved to Tokyo. After three years of rigorous training by Yasushi Miyagawa, they made their debut in 1969 at the Chorus Parade of Nichigeki. Sang "Rice Prima".

 

The cover versions that they tried as one after another, were including in the record debut “Cute Flowers”, were all very popular. The song fans who first touched the beautiful harmony full of coolness were fascinated.

 

The ears and intuition of the excavated Misa Watanabe are stunning, but rather, the best producers will be demonstrated depending on how they grow up from here. Suddenly, I didn't get into a pop song.Miyagawa responded precisely to her aim to have to be Japanese pop.

 

"Vacation of love" and "Una Serra di Tokyo" were the answers.The press at the time named these works "stateless songs". Miyagawa seems to have accused of this. That it is a Japanese song that smells American pop is unmistakable. But "I'm away from Japan." also was an expression of embarrassment that had never seen such a thing and stunned praise when Japanese composers had come this far. with <Natural talents and qualities that only they have>

 

Although they are identical twins, their older sisters tend to be alto and their younger sisters are sopranos. However, the voice quality and feeling are the same. That's why that beautiful harmony was born. The time when they appeared was good. I was blessed with a place. No one fits the ideals of television stations of the era of creation, with high goals and serious efforts to create new entertainment.

 

Hana Hajime's remarks are introduced in "Heroine legend after war" by Haruo Miyamoto. "There are as many singers as birds, but only two of them are the opening singers." It means creating a gorgeous atmosphere. This is not possible without natural talent and qualities. I also want to apply this comment to the opening of the changing Japanese song world.

 

Because of these girls, the singing is timeless and preserves eternal life.

 

Beautiful Harmony Becomes a Legend ---------------------- Tamaoki Takahiro

 

<Two people who worked hard on everything and studied well>

 

The jazz drummer Jimmy Takeuchi discovered the Peanuts, which was said to have a genius sense of harmony without music.

 

When one of the members, Shin Watanabe and Six Joes, came to Nagoya for live work one day in October 1957, when they looked at the nightclub "Fernandes" where their acquaintances appeared, "Farewell Jamaica" and " Jimmy Takeuchi loses his eyes and ears to his twin sisters singing “Miami Beach Rumba”. They were still singing part-time in high school.

 

Susumu Watanabe and Mrs. Misa and his wife lived in a newly built home in Kami-Osaki, Tokyo. Since the female chorus was a boom, the two were tentatively named "Ito Sisters" and the Nikkei chorus・ The parade was launched.

 

At first glance, he is a kid, but he also has unison, is still rough, has good harmony, and works very hard. Experts analyze that the twins cooperate with each other and that Unison sounds like a single line. In addition to the characteristics of the Twins that they are both rivals and companions, no matter what you ask, they both study well and only give the answer that they were the models of the singers.

 

The lovely name of The Peanuts was produced by Takashi Ihara, a producer of Nippon Television's "Photo Window". I met them in 1959, when I debuted as a pioneer of Japanese pops with “cute flowers”, in a dilapidated wooden building behind Kodansha, where King Records' studio was located in Otowa.

 

<Why did you have to memorize all the lyrics? >

 

I don't remember which one, but one of them was ombused by Matsushita manager and picked up a taxi. At the time, I was in charge of a radio program called "King Hit Parade", and since then I have performed with countless times, but even if I interviewed, the answer was returned in unison, listening to the two songs in stereo He told me that he was.

 

I met him on TV on October 25, 1959, in the 73rd live broadcast of a chorus featuring the Lotte Song Album, which I was hosting, with Three Cats and Four Coins.

 

In a rockabilly whirlwind, the peanuts seemed to be a sip of freshener. Anyway, at that time, there was no day when the two singing voices could not be heard on radio and television. In particular, "The Hit Parade", which started on Fuji Television in March 1959, was a program brought in by Watanabe Pro, so it had to appear every week, and songs other than songs owned In order to master several, it was just practice, practice, and production, but repeated, but as I remember the lyrics better than anyone and enter the studio, the staff was impressed, and that should be it, both of them I couldn't see it even if cheat sheets were prepared because my eyes were short-sighted, so if I didn't memorize everything, it would be annoying to people around me, so I just practiced there.

 

Meanwhile, "Soap Bubble Holiday", which is planned under the concept of "The Peanuts Holiday", starts. At the start of the program on June 4, 1956, it was a show program centered on The Peanuts, but the beginning of the year, "Sudara Kushi" such as planting trees was hit and changed to a joint configuration with Crazy Cats. It became a popular variety show on Nippon Television for 11 years, but the first one to be commemorated was Kasuga Hachiro, and the second one was Murata Hideo. I can tell if I can maintain it.

 

<Maru Pocha sisters look slim in the moment>

 

In 1964, TV subscriber households exceeded 10 million, surpassing Britain and becoming the world's second largest TV kingdom, "Soap Bubble Holiday Summer Festival! Peanuts" has a viewer rating of 20% Nori has gained popularity steadily.

 

From the late 1950's to the early 1960's, on Sunday night, Makoto Fujita and Minoru Shiraki's unusual comedy "Tenamonya Mikasa" ⇒ "Soap Bubbles Holiday" ⇒ "Hidden Swordsman" starring Koichi Ose ⇒ Watching "Manga Theater Popeye" was a custom in many Japanese families.

 

"Soap bubble holiday" which thought about the production that a singer would dance, told choreographer Hideki Koido that "The Peanuts, who have never danced, can be done a little before the program begins." Koido gave a lesson at the Nippon Television studio early in the morning and repeated her wish for the actual performance.

 

It didn't take long before Maru Pocha's twin sisters were polished and turned into slim proportions.

 

Director Akimoto said, “I don't need any difficulties, I want to be able to jump in unison because I want to make the most of the characteristics of being twins by pretending to be the same. Even if the dance is immature, it shows how easy and beautiful it is to cut by cutting. It's a game that can be done, TV is difficult! ”This was the concept of Akimoto's production.

 

In the old studio show programs, there was a lot of "mouthing". She dances while moving her mouth to a tape that is pre-recorded with a song, called "Presco," but the peanuts were really good at this and didn't feel any "mouth lips" at all. It seems that it is a characteristic of identical twins that they can be perfectly matched without deviation.

 

<It was a big topic overseas.>

 

In December 1963, The Peanuts appeared in the Former West German "Katerina Valente Show". The two people who made a big topic in their first overseas appearances appeared in the American historical music variety program "Ed Sullivan Show" and "Danny Kay Show" where the Beatles also appeared, He has established himself as a leading artist.

 

Emi Yumi: The real name of The Peanuts was her sister Emi, her sister Yumi, and her sister, Tsukiko.

 

The peanuts, co-starring as a presenter, were always perfect. I don't have a memory that they gave NG.

 

And when you think of The Peanuts, there are a number of faces that come to mind. Behind the peanuts singing in "The Hit Parade", the Kintoto movie spearheaded by a megaphone with a Skyliners leader, Smiley Ohara, and assistant director Shin Shin Yasuda, who were conducting while performing unique Latin steps. Masao Kobe, the director of "I will quit!" And "I do not know, I do not know, I do not know" is also a popular comedian who jumped out of "Soap Ball Holiday".

 

I also want to mention the good sense of costumes that all female talents were impressed with. Stylists are now a matter of course, but at the time there was no such profession, so they must have been studying costumes and hairstyles, perhaps looking at overseas fashion magazines. Absent. Since the name “boutique” has not yet been heard ...

 

<I want to make a program for The Peanuts>

 

In 1975, The Peanuts ended their 16 years of entertainment. The Peanuts has now become a legendary superstar after breaking contact with the media. I'd like to have a special feature on The Peanuts on the radio, with the choreographers Hideya Koido and the music director Yasushi Miyakawa, who both know the real faces of the two, telling us the story of the past. "

 

I hope some day I can find the DVD-box too.

 

https://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2014/12/breaking-boundaries-music-in-japanese-cinema :

 

Crossing Borders - Rockabilly, Sukiyaki, “Young Guys” and an Ainu Western B-movie:

Pulp Cinema in Japan in the ’60s and ’70s

 

Cinema was by no means the only conduit for the influx of American music and culture that Japan would claim for its own. Between June 1959 and March 1970, Fuji TV provided audiences with their first dedicated rock & roll show, The Hit Parade. The host was half-British reigning star of the emerging rockabilly scene, Mickey Curtis, with backup provided by the preternaturally perky The Peanuts, consisting of identical twin sisters Emi and Yumi Ito.

 

Beyond television and music, with which he achieved a degree of international success in the late ’60s with the psych-rock outfit Mickey Curtis & The Samurai, Curtis also carved out a niche on the big screen, putting in an appearance in Kon Ichikawa’s classic anti-war film Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 1959). His not-quite-Japanese demeanour was later used to good effect in a number of films made in the 1990s that presented a more multicultural portrait of the country’s denizens, including Masato Harada’s Kamikaze Taxi (1995) and several titles by cult director Takashi Miike. The Peanuts too, were a consistent presence throughout the ensuing decade, through their repertoire of original numbers, foreign pop hits and up-tempo re-workings of traditional Japanese songs, and also appeared in some half-dozen features. Viewers from outside Japan may best recognize them as the Lilliputian duo abducted from their South Seas island home in Godzilla director Ishiro Honda’s monster moth movie Mothra (Mosura, 1961) for Toho.

 

Back at Nikkatsu, the studio that had provided The Peanuts with their first movie outing in Tan Ida’s Pretty Flower (Kawaii hana, 1959), in which they performed the title song, was bolstering its “Diamond” line of screen tough guys, with names such as Hideaki Nitani, Tetsuya Watari, Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi. The chisel-jawed Kobayashi, known affectionately as Mighty Guy (maito gai), particularly embraced the recording medium alongside his screen turns, with numerous albums released on the Crown Records label throughout the decade featuring his vocal talents and his photographic portrait, often in character, emblazoned across their covers. In his best-known early roles, he played the guitar-strumming nomad at the heart of the nine film Wandering Bird (Wataridori, 1959-62) series, which appropriated the tropes of the Western B-movie as he wandered from town to town across Hokkaido, clad in a black-tasselled leather jacket and red kerchief, fighting for the rights of the indigenous Ainu people and leaving a trail of broken hearts behind him.

 

Such titles fit within the studio’s new “Mukokuseki Action” line, meaning “Borderless Action.” The films were clearly made in Japan, although their plots and iconographies were a stylistic grab-bag drawn from the international language of pulp cinema, not a million miles away from the approach adopted by Tarantino decades later."

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