Thank you ~Dan~ for this awesome thread. It's like a wish coming true.
I recently begin to listen Japanese oldies, though I always have a tendency to listen old songs. I'm a fan of Wada Akiko especially. When I check my archive I found something that I like to share with you all.
First, Yumi Matsutoya (well, Yumi Arui when she wrote that songs). She has a beatiful voice, and I believe she is still big in japan. Yumi Matsutoya Early Hits (1972-1978)
My personal favorite is 雨の街を (Ame no machi wo). This song is really powerfull. (By the way there is no such album I just chose my favorite songs in a Yuming compilation)Minagawa Osamu- Kuroneko no Tango
This song is so cute ^^. Song is from 1969 and the singer is only six years old. (Then I heard there is also an italian version of this)
Bonus:Japanese Army Music
well, I know, even though they're old, that doesn't make them oldies, but I really enjoy listening those marching songs when I'm walking to home. (I don't want to start a historical debate and I'm familiar with the historical events of first and second world war, yet I believe every incident should be evaluated considering their time)
I apologize if my post is somewhat off topic, and my poor English, since I'm not a native speaker.
Thank you all for once again.
(when I visit to Japan one more time I'll be sure to grab Wada Akiko albums this time)
(edit/There is a lovely enka compilation in this site
, you can check it out.
edit 2/ I don't want to do double post, those are from Kyu Sakamato's Memorial Box. My favorite is strangely "sayonara Namida-kun" ^^'. There are lovely songs though... Songs from the Meiji Era Singles (1959-1963) Singles (1963-1968)