Sandii

Sandii

Real Name:
Sandii Suzuki
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Born in Japan, but with an American father, Sandra as she was known then moved to Hawai'i as a pre-teen and began training as a Hula dancer before deciding to become a singer in the mid-70s.

Sandii's birth name was Aya, but she preferred to be called Sandra during childhood. Sandra became known as Sandy or Sandi in her teen years and the nickname stuck.

Following a debut single release on an indie label in Hawai'i, Sandi returned back to her home country of Japan to work as a DJ and entertainer, securing her first record deal with Toho with the support of Kyu Sakamoto (Sandii would later in her career record a version of his classic hit "Sukiyaki").

She soon met Makoto Kubota and they were a couple for over 20 years. Sandii joined Makoto's group Sunset Gang as a backing vocalist and percussionist while also releasing solo records. Her first success (as "Sandy") was "Goodbye Morning" which won the 1976 World Popular Song Contest, followed by a top hit in Japan, "Mystery Nile" released under the pseudonym Sandy O'Neil (not her real name - it is an anagram of "Nile").

In the late 1970s Sandii recorded a number of sessions using different names, and sometimes uncredited, often for TV and radio commercials.

In 1980 Sandi was re-christened Sandii at the suggestion of Harry Hosono, because of her Hawaiian connections.

In 1981, inspired by Blondie, Makoto and Sandii decided to pool the resources of both their acts to create Sandii & The Sunsetz.

In 1990 Sandii resumed her solo career, although still using most of The Sunsetz as backing musicians, and began to explore world music more widely with the support and encouragement of Makoto.

In 1996 Sandii released the first of her Hula inspired albums, and this is a path she has concentrated on since, becoming one of the top Hula masters in the world.

Sandii is still recording but also runs schools teaching Hula and also works as a TV presenter.
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Sandii Discography Tracks

Albums

Sandi Ai* Sandi Ai (Album) Toho Records Japan 1975 Sell This Version
Sandy O'Neil* Mystery Nile (Album) Eastworld Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Sandii Eating Pleasure (Album) Alfa Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Sandii Mercy (Album) Eastworld Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Sandii Pacifica (Album) EMI Japan 1991 Sell This Version
Sandii Suzuki* Floral Heat 花熱 (Album, EP) Rock Records & Tapes Taiwan 1992 Sell This Version
Sandii Suzuki* Rentak 106 (Album) Sushi Records (3) Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
Sandii Dream Catcher (Album) Epic Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Sandii Sandii's Hawai'i (Album) Sushi Records (3) US 1996 Sell This Version
ESCB 1717 Sandii Watashi(CD, Album) Epic, Epic/Sony Records ESCB 1717 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Sushi 03 Sandii Sandii's Hawai'i 2nd(CD, Album) Sushi Records (3) Sushi 03 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
AMCY-2755 Sandii Sandii's Hawai'i 3rd(CD, Album) EastWest AMCY-2755 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
SUSHI 06 Sandii Sandii's Hawaiian X'mas(HDCD, Album) Sushi Records (3) SUSHI 06 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
PIZ-001 Sandii Featuring Rene Paulo Sandii Featuring Rene Paulo - Sandii Sings Pacific Lounge Classics(HDCD, Album) Pizza Records PIZ-001 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Jazztronik Feat. Sandii Jazztronik Feat. Sandii - Tiki Tiki (Album) Kahakai Records Japan 2002 Sell This Version
PCCA-01920 Sandii Ukulele Dreaming(CD, Album, Promo) Pony Canyon PCCA-01920 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
BOM 28001 Sandii Lemurian Heart(CD, Album) Bomba Records (4) BOM 28001 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
MP-8068 Sandii Hawai'i 4th(CD, Album) Mana Pacifica MP-8068 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
MP-8009 Sandii Moana Nui - Sandii's Tahitian Passions 2(CD, Album) Mana Pacifica MP-8009 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
MP-8015 Pattye Kealohalani Wright* with Sandii Pattye Kealohalani Wright* with Sandii - Real Hula For Children(CD, Album) Mana Pacifica MP-8015 Japan 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TRS-5002 Sandy I* Perusha Neko(7", Single) Pineapple Records (7) TRS-5002 US 1974 Sell This Version
Sandi Ai* 愛のメロディー (Single, EP) Toho Records Japan 1975 Sell This Version
AT-1118 Sandi Ai* くちづけは許して / 恋の仲直り(7", Single) Toho Records AT-1118 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
A-6439 Sandy* & Peekaboo (4) Sandy* & Peekaboo (4) - Daiichi Fresh Life(7", Single, Promo) Daiichi A-6439 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
DSF-105 Sandy* グッドバイ・モーニング / マドモアゼル・ママ(7", Single, Promo) Discomate DSF-105 Japan 1976 Sell This Version