Tatsuro Yamashita

Real Name:
山下達郎
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Singer-songwriter and producer, born 4 February 1953. Husband of Mariya Takeuchi. Heavily influenced by American jazz, soul, and big band music. His first album, Add Some Music To Your Day, which contained cover versions of songs by The Beach Boys and other golden age American songs, is now extremely rare and sought-after. His major debut came in 1976 with Circus Town, which was recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the former of which included the participation of conductor and arranger Charlie Calello.

His popular breakthrough came in 1980 with the release of Ride On Time, whose title track peaked at #3 on the Oricon singles chart. Maxell also used it in a TV ad for audio cassettes that featured Yamashita. He is probably best-known for composing and performing his 1983 song "Christmas Eve." This track appeared on his album Melodies that year and was notably covered by Pentatonix for the Japanese release of their That's Christmas To Me album. A version featuring English lyrics was written by Alan O'Day, a frequent Yamashita collaborator.

He is also famous as a record collector and the DJ of Japan's most famous oldies radio show, called "Tatsuro Yamashita's Sunday Songbook" (TOKYO FM). This program started on October 3, 1992, as A Saturday Songbook, but changed to The Sunday Songbook on April 3, 1994. It is a long-running program that is still ongoing.
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SRR-0001 Add Some Music To Your Day — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Add Some Music To Your Day (Album) Surfin' Rabbit Studio SRR-0001 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
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RVL-8004 Circus Town — Tatsuro Yamashita 山下達郎* Circus Town (Album) RCA RVL-8004 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
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RVL-8006 Spacy — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Spacy (Album) RCA RVL-8006 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
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RVL-8037 Go Ahead! — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsu Yamashita* Go Ahead! (Album) RCA RVL-8037 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
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RCJ-3515 It's A Poppin' Time — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsu Yamashita* It's A Poppin' Time (Album) RCA, RCA RCJ-3515 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
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25KH 297 Pacific — Tatsuro Yamashita Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, Tatsuro Yamashita Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, Tatsuro Yamashita - Pacific (Album) CBS/Sony 25KH 297 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
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AIR-8001 Moonglow — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsu Yamashita* Moonglow (Album) Air Records AIR-8001 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
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RAL-8501 Ride On Time — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsu Yamashita* Ride On Time (Album) Air Records RAL-8501 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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RAL-6501 On The Street Corner — Tatsuro Yamashita Tats Yamashita* On The Street Corner (Album) Air Records RAL-6501 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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RAL-8801 For You — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita For You (Album) Air Records RAL-8801 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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MOON-28008 Melodies — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* - Melodies (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28008 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
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MOON-28019 Big Wave = ビッグウェイブ — Tatsuro Yamashita Tats Yamashita* = 山下達郎* Tats Yamashita* = 山下達郎* - Big Wave = ビッグウェイブ (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28019 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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MOON-28033 Pocket Music — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下 達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下 達郎* - Pocket Music (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28033 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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MOCT-25004 On The Street Corner 2 — Tatsuro Yamashita Tats Yamashita* On The Street Corner 2 (Album) Moon Records (5) MOCT-25004 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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MOON-28058 僕の中の少年 — Tatsuro Yamashita 山下達郎* 僕の中の少年 (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28058 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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MOCT-46001-2 Joy - Tatsuro Yamashita Live — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Joy - Tatsuro Yamashita Live (Album) Moon Records (5) MOCT-46001-2 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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AMTM-4100 Artisan — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Artisan (Album) Moon Records (5) AMTM-4100 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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AMCM-4180 Season's Greetings — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Season's Greetings (Album) Moon Records (5) AMCM-4180 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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LCO-1 Cozy — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* - Cozy (Album) Moon Records (5) LCO-1 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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WPCV-10032 On The Street Corner 3 — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita On The Street Corner 3 (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCV-10032 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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LJS-4 On The Street Corner 0 Analog — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita On The Street Corner 0 Analog (Album) Moon Records (5) LJS-4 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
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WCD-8003 Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.2 — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.2(CD, Mono) Wild Honey WCD-8003 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
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TGCS-1619 Tatsuro Yamashita Official Fan Club 10th Anniversary Meeting 2003 — Tatsuro Yamashita 山下達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita Official Fan Club 10th Anniversary Meeting 2003(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd, Promo) Wild Honey TGCS-1619 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
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WPCL-10228 Sonorite — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Sonorite (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCL-10228 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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WPCL-10966 Ray Of Hope — Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita Ray Of Hope (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCL-10966 Japan 2011 Sell This Version