Akiko Futaba

Akiko Futaba

Birth
Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Death 16 Aug 2011 (aged 96)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 75171282 · View Source
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Singer. Perhaps her country's most popular vocalist of the post-World War II era, she had a career that spanned nearly 70 years. Born Yoshie Kato, she was raised in Hiroshima, studied at the Tokyo Music School, and both made her professional bow and cut her first records in 1936. Akiko initially recorded what was possibly her best known song "Furuki Hanazono" ("Old Flower Garden") in 1939 and that same year gave the first of her few silver screen performances as a singer in "Junjo nijuso". On August 6, 1945, she barely escaped death when the train on which she was riding entered a tunnel seconds before the bomb detonated; after the conflict Akiko sang requiems for the war dead and continued a career where her style encompassed pop, blues, cabaret, and ballads. She had another major hit in 1948 with "Francesca no Kane" ("The Bells of Francesca") and over the years was to produce around 700 discs, mostly for Columbia. She was to appear ten times at the Kohaku Uta Gassen, Japan's best known year-end show, and was to give concerts well into old age before finally retiring in 2003. Akiko spent her remaining days in her home city and died of heart failure; at her death much of her legacy remained in print.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 19 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75171282
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