Eiichi Ohtaki

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Eiichi Ohtaki
大瀧 詠一
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Eiichi Ohtaki in 1981 promoting A Long Vacation.
Background information
Birth name Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧 榮一?)[1]
Also known as Eiichi Ohtaki (大滝 詠一?)
Born (1948-07-28)July 28, 1948
Esashi District, Japan
Died December 30, 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 65)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 1969–2013
Labels
Associated acts Happy End
Website http://www.fussa45.net

Eiichi Ohtaki (Japanese: 大瀧 詠一[nb 1] Hepburn: Ōtaki Eiichi?, July 28, 1948 – December 30, 2013) was a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He first became known as a member of the rock band Happy End, but was better known for his solo work. In 2003, Ohtaki was ranked by HMV Japan at number 9 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts.[3]

Biography

Ohtaki was born in Esashi District, in what is now part of Ōshū. Before joining Happy End, Ohtaki was guitarist in a group called Taboo with future Blues Creation singer Fumio Nunoya.[4]

Ohtaki produced the rock band Sugar Babe and its members Taeko Onuki and Tatsuro Yamashita after the group's break up.[5] Ohtaki, Yamashita and brief Sugar Babe member Ginji Ito released an album titled Niagara Triangle Vol. 1 in 1976. The collaboration was cited by MTV as one of the six Japanese supergroups that changed the history of Japanese music.[6] Six years later Ohtaki released Niagara Triangle Vol. 2, this time collaborating with Motoharu Sano and Masamichi Sugi.

His 1981 solo album A Long Vacation is particularly well-known and highly acclaimed. It was one of the first albums to be issued on CD,[7] was named "Best Album" at the 23rd Japan Record Awards,[8] certified double platinum by the RIAJ and has been re-released in 20th anniversary and 30th anniversary editions. In 2007, it was named the 7th greatest Japanese rock album of all time by Rolling Stone Japan; the list was topped by Happy End's Kazemachi Roman.[9] In March of 2016, a new album of previously unreleased songs, titled Debut Again, was released posthumously.

Death

After choking on an apple and collapsing in his Tokyo home at 5 p.m. on December 30, 2013, Ohtaki was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards.[10][11] His official cause of death was a dissecting aneurysm.[12] Ohtaki was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Japan Record Awards in 2014.[13]

Discography

Studio albums
  • Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧詠一?, 1972)
  • Niagara Moon (1975)
  • Go! Go! Niagara (1976)
  • Niagara Calendar (1977)
  • Let's Ondo Again (1978) credited to "Niagara Fallin' Stars"
  • A Long Vacation (1981)
  • Each Time (1984)
  • Debut Again (2016)
Niagara Triangle albums

Notes

  1. Born as "大瀧 榮一", Ohtaki predominately used the characters "大瀧 詠一" to spell his name, and occasionally "大滝 詠一".

References

  1. "大滝さん 提供楽曲は軒並みヒット「風立ちぬ」「冬のリヴィエラ」「熱き心に」". Sponichi (in Japanese). 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-05-13. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "City pop revival is literally a trend in name only". The Japan Times. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2016-01-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.9". HMV Japan (in Japanese). 2003-11-22. Retrieved 2016-01-13. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Blues Creation". Japrocksampler. Retrieved 2014-08-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Happy End's Eiichi Ohtaki Dies at 65". Exclaim!. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-01-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "6 Japanese Super Groups That are Changing J-music History". MTV81. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-04-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "大瀧詠一さん、CDアルバム16年ぶりチャートイン". Sponichi (in Japanese). 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2016-04-16. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "第23回 日本レコード大賞". Japan Record Awards (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-06. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Finally! "The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" Listed". Exclaim!. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2012-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "大滝詠一さん急死 リンゴのどに詰まらせ(tr: Otaki Eiichi's Sudden Death, Chokes on Apple)". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2013-12-31. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "ミュージシャンの大滝詠一さんが死去 (tr: Otaki Eiichi's musicians death)". NHK (in Japanese). 2013-12-31. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Singer-songwriter Eiichi Ohtaki dies after collapsing at home". Japan Today. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-01-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "大滝詠一、貴重なナイアガラ音源満載の12枚組BOX全楽曲を発表". Natalie (in Japanese). 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2016-01-06. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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