Tatsuro Yamashita

Profile:
Singer-songwriter and producer, born 4 February 1953. Husband of Mariya Takeuchi. Heavily influenced by American jazz, soul & big band music, his first album, Add Some Music To Your Day, containing cover versions of songs by the Beach Boys and other golden age American songs, is now extremely rare & sought-after. His major debut came in 1976 with Circus Town, which was recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the former with the participation of famed conductor & 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 and was used in a TV ad for Maxell audio cassettes featuring Yamashita. He is probably best-known for composing & performing his 1983 song "Christmas Eve", which 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.

He is also famous as 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. And it is a long run program that continues to date.
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SRR-0001 Tatsuro Yamashita - Add Some Music To Your Day album art Tatsuro Yamashita Add Some Music To Your Day (Album) Surfin' Rabbit Studio SRR-0001 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
RVL-8004 Tatsuro Yamashita - Circus Town album art 山下達郎* Circus Town (Album) RCA RVL-8004 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
RVL-8006 Tatsuro Yamashita - Spacy album art Tatsuro Yamashita Spacy (Album) RCA RVL-8006 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
RVL-8037 Tatsuro Yamashita - Go Ahead! album art Tatsu Yamashita* Go Ahead! (Album) RCA RVL-8037 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
RCJ-3515 Tatsuro Yamashita - It's A Poppin' Time album art Tatsu Yamashita* It's A Poppin' Time (Album) RCA RCJ-3515 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
25KH 297 Tatsuro Yamashita - Pacific album art Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, Tatsuro Yamashita Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, Tatsuro Yamashita - Pacific (Album) CBS/Sony 25KH 297 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ART-8001 Tatsuro Yamashita - Moonglow album art Tatsu Yamashita* Moonglow (Album) Air Records ART-8001 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
RAL-8501 Tatsuro Yamashita - Ride On Time album art Tatsu Yamashita* Ride On Time (Album) Air Records RAL-8501 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
RAL-6501 Tatsuro Yamashita - On The Street Corner album art Tatsuro Yamashita On The Street Corner (Album) Air Records RAL-6501 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
YKL-027 Tatsuro Yamashita - For You album art Tatsuro Yamashita For You (Album) Air Records YKL-027 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
MOON-28008 Tatsuro Yamashita - Melodies album art Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎* - Melodies (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28008 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
MOON-28019 Tatsuro Yamashita - Big Wave album art Tats Yamashita* Big Wave (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28019 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
MOON-28033 Tatsuro Yamashita - Pocket Music = ポケット・ミュジック album art Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下 達郎* Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下 達郎* - Pocket Music = ポケット・ミュジック (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28033 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
MOCT-25004 Tatsuro Yamashita - On The Street Corner 2 album art Tats Yamashita* On The Street Corner 2 (Album) Moon Records (5) MOCT-25004 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
MOON-28058 Tatsuro Yamashita - 僕の中の少年 album art 山下達郎* 僕の中の少年 (Album) Moon Records (5) MOON-28058 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
MOCT-46001-2 Tatsuro Yamashita - Joy -Tatsuro Yamashita Live album art Tatsuro Yamashita Joy -Tatsuro Yamashita Live (Album, Comp) Moon Records (5) MOCT-46001-2 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
AMTM-4100 Tatsuro Yamashita - Artisan album art Tatsuro Yamashita Artisan (Album) Moon Records (5) AMTM-4100 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
AMCM-4180 Tatsuro Yamashita - Season's Greetings album art Tatsuro Yamashita Season's Greetings (Album) Moon Records (5) AMCM-4180 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
WCD-8002 Tatsuro Yamashita - Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.1 (Second Edition) album art Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.1 (Second Edition)(CD, Mono) Wild Honey WCD-8002 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
WPCV-7450 Tatsuro Yamashita - Cozy album art 山下達郎* Cozy (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCV-7450 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
WPCV-10032 Tatsuro Yamashita - On The Street Corner 3 album art Tatsuro Yamashita On The Street Corner 3 (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCV-10032 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
LJS-4 Tatsuro Yamashita - On The Street Corner 0 Analog album art Tatsuro Yamashita On The Street Corner 0 Analog(LP, Album) Moon Records (5) LJS-4 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
WCD-8003 Tatsuro Yamashita - Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.2 album art Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro Yamashita CM Collection Vol.2(CD, Mono) Wild Honey WCD-8003 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
TGCS-1619 Tatsuro Yamashita - Tatsuro Yamashita Official Fan Club 10th Anniversary Meeting 2003 album art 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
WPCL-10228 Tatsuro Yamashita - Sonorite album art Tatsuro Yamashita Sonorite (Album) Moon Records (5) WPCL-10228 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

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December 19, 2016
I wonder if anyone knows about his very first album "Add Some Music to Your Day"? It was released in 1972 and seems to contain cover versions of popular English songs.

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