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Sawada Kenji

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Sawada Kenji

Sawada Kenji is a Japanese singer and actor who was a member of popular Japanese bands such as The Tigers and PYG as well as a solo artist.

Profile

Name: Sawada Kenji (沢田研二)
Real Name: Sawada Kenji (澤田研二) Nickname: Julie
Birthdate: 1948-06-25
Birthplace: Tsunoi, Iwami, Tottori, Japan
Blood Type: A

History

Sawada Kenji was born at his parents' home on June 25, 1948. At the time, his father worked in a research facility for gunpowder. His name was originally "澤田研", but as he was his parents' second son, he was renamed "澤田研二". When he turned 3, he moved to Sakyo-ku, Kyoto to the house of relatives where he was brought up.

In 1966, the group Funnys was formed and Sawada was the main singer where he chose the nickname Julie. The group's name changed to "The Tigers" before their first television appearance on November 15, 1967. The group was one of the most popular groups of its time, with hits such as "Mona Lisa no Bishou" or "Kimi Dake ni Ai wo". The group disbanded in 1971 after their final concert at the Nippon Budokan.

Afterwards, Sawada formed the supergroup PYG made up from members of some of the most popular bands of the time. He was one of the lead singers of the group with Hagiwara Kenichi who used to be his biggest rival.

After PYG disbanded, Sawada started his solo career and launched his acting career.

Trivia

  • His nickname comes from Julie Andrews, of who he was a big fan.
  • He plays the shamisen.
  • He appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in March 1969, which makes him one of the two Japanese artists to have ever graced the cover of the magazine (the other being Yoko Ono).

Discography

Singles

Domestic Releases

International Releases

  • [1975.01.20] MON AMOUR JE VIENS DU BOUT DU MONDE (French version of Pari ni Hitori; released in France, Switzerland, Canada, Austria, Greece, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands)
  • [1975.01.20] THE FUGITIVE (released in England, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong)
  • [1975.05.20] ATTENDS MOI (released in France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands)
  • [1975.10.15] FOU DE TOI (released in France, Belgium, The Netherlands)
  • [1976.05.15] ELLE (released in France, Belgium, The Netherlands)
  • [1976.05.15] WHEN THE LIGHT WENT OUT (released in England)
  • [1977.02.21] JULIE LOVE (released in France)
  • [1977.07.30] MEMORIES (released in Western Germany)
  • [1977.xx.xx] TU AS CHANGE (released in France)
  • [1977.10.10] ROCK'NROLL CHILD (released in Western Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands)
  • [1978.01.21] IN THE CITY (released in Western Germany)

Albums

Domestic Releases

International Releases

  • [1975.01.21] KENJI (same contents as THE FUGITIVE; released in England, Indonesia and Hong Kong)
  • [1976.02.01] KENJI SAWADA (same contents as the Japanese version; released in France, Western Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium)
  • [1978.04.xx] rock'n'roll child (released in France and Western Germany)

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