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Matsumoto Takashi

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Matsumoto Takashi

Matsumoto Takashi (松本隆) is a Japanese lyricist and former drummer of the Japanese rock band Happy End.

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  • Birthday: July 16, 1949 (1949-07-16) (age 68)
  • Birthplace: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Matsumoto Takashi was born in the Minato Ward in Tokyo, Japan on July 16, 1949. Matsumoto started to cite lyrics and poetry when he was young when he offered words of encouragement to his parents after his younger sister died at childbirth. When he was a teenager, he often listened the The Beatles and was musically influenced by them. At the same time, he started the rock band Happy End as the drummer with Hosono Haruomi, Ohtaki Eiichi, and Suzuki Shigeru. Because Matsumoto was seen constantly carrying books, Hosono appointed him to write the song lyrics for the band. Since all the members took on a pseudonym, Matsumoto's was "Edo Mondan" (江戸門弾鉄).

Later on, he started to write to lyrics for other artists. His first assignment was writing lyrics for the song "Endan" for the folk group Itsu no Akai Fuusen in 1972. When Happy End broke up at the same time, Matsumoto also started to produce albums starting with Agata Morio's album Les Miserables in 1974. But, it wasn't until the release of the Agnes Chan song "Pocket Ippai no Himitsu" and the Ohta Hiromi song "Yuu no Handkerchief" that Matsumoto became a well-known lyricist.

In the 1980s, Matsumoto's popularity grew bigger as he wrote the lyrics to well-known songs like Imokin Trio's "High School Lullaby". He won his first award at the 23rd Nihon Record Taisho for writing the lyrics for the song "Ruby no Yubiwa" by Terao Akira in 1981. He also wrote lyrics for various idols, including Matsuda Seiko, C-C-B, Yakushimaru Hiroko, and others, that became instant hits and topped the Oricon charts. A decade later, he became well-known for writing various lyrics for the Johnny's group KinKi Kids, including the smash-hit single "Glass no Shounen" which sold over a million copies and is currently is the biggest selling single that contains Matsumoto's lyrics.

Discography

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Credits

Abe Yasuhiro
Aimoto Kumiko
Agnes Chan
Ame no Kisaki Shoujo Gasshou-dan
Apryl Fool
Asada Miyoko
Asaka Yui
Asano Yuko
Ayase Haruka
BIBI
bice
C-C-B
Captain Straydum
Chappie
Chelsia Chan
Fujii Fumiya
Fujii Naoyuki
Fujii Takashi
Fujimura Miki
Fuse Akira
GARO
GODIEGO
Hamada Shoko
Happy End
Hara Hideko
Harada Shinji
Harajuku Jenne
Hatakeyama Miyuki
Hayami Yu
Hikaru Ippei
Himuro Kyosuke
Honda Minako
Igarashi Yuki
Iijima Mari
Imokin Trio
Inagaki Junichi
Ishida Junichi
Ishige Reiko
Ishikawa Hidemi
Ishikawa Hitomi
Iwasaki Hiromi
Jungle Buddha
Kadokawa Hiroshi
Kamayatsu Hiroshi
Kamebuchi Yuka
Kanazawa Akiko
Kanada Hiromi
Kashiwabara Yoshie
Katase Nana
Kato Miliyah
Kayama Yuzo
KinKi Kids
Kinouchi Midori
Kitamura Yuko
Koizumi Kyoko
Komuro Mitsuko
Kondo Masahiro
Kondo Nana
Kosaka Miyuki
Kumiko
Kuwabara Ichiro
Kuwata Masahiro
Matsu Takako
Matsuda Seiko
Matsumoto Iyo
Miki Seiko
Minami Kosetsu
Minami Saori
Minami Yoshitaka
Mi
Miyoshi Eiji
Mizutani Mari
Mizutani Yutaka
Mori Shinichi
Niagara Triangle
Nagai Mariko
Nakagawa Shoko
Nakahara Kaori
Nakahara Rie
Nakai Kiichi
Nakajima Megumi
Nakamori Akina
Nakamura Masatoshi
Nakamura Tooru
Nakashima Mika
Nakatani Miki
Nakayama Miho
Nishida Hikaru
Nishimura Tomomi
Noguchi Goro
OFF COURSE
Ohashi Junko
Ohta Hiromi
Ohtaki Eiichi
Okada Nana
Onishi Yuka
ORIGINAL LOVE
RATS & STAR
REBECCA
Saijo Hideki
Saito Yuki
Sakagami Kaori
Sakakibara Ikue
Sakurada Junko
Sato Takashi
Sato Yuri
Sawada Fumiko
Sawada Kenji
Starbow
Suzuki Shigeru
Suzuki Yasuhiro
Tachibana Risa
Takada Mizue
Takahashi Mie
Takeuchi Mariya
Tamura Eriko
Tanpopo
Terao Akira
THE ALFEE
The Gospellers
The Lillies
THE Tonnashaabee
Tin Pan Alley
Tomita Keiichi
TRANZAM
TULIP
W
Watanabe Tooru
Wink
Yakushimaru Hiroko
Yamagata Sumiko
Yamaguchi Momoe
Yamase Mami
Yamashita Kumiko
Yamashita Tatsuro
Yamazaki Masayoshi
Yasuda Narumi
Yazawa Eikichi
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Yonemitsu Miho
Yoshida Takuro
Yoshimoto Miyoko
Yuguchi Aimi
Yuki Nae

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