Sandii

Real Name:
Sandii Suzuki (Birth name - Aya Suzuki)
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Born in Japan, but with an American father, Sandra as she was known then moved to Hawaii aged 10 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 Hawaii, 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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Albums

AX-8029 Sandii - Sandi Ai album art Sandi Ai* Sandi Ai (Album) Toho Records AX-8029 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
EWS-81190 Sandii - Mystery Nile album art Sandy O'Neil* Mystery Nile (Album) Eastworld EWS-81190 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ALR-28002 Sandii - Eating Pleasure album art Sandii Eating Pleasure (Album) Alfa ALR-28002 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
TOCT-5923 Sandii - Mercy album art Sandii Mercy (Album) Eastworld TOCT-5923 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
SPCD-1236 Sandii - Pacifica album art Sandii Pacifica (Album) EMI SPCD-1236 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
RD-1171 Sandii - Floral Heat = 花熱 album art Sandii Suzuki* = 珊蒂鈴木* Sandii Suzuki* = 珊蒂鈴木* - Floral Heat = 花熱(CD, Album) Rock Records & Tapes RD-1171 Taiwan 1992 Sell This Version
SUSHI 01-2 Sandii - Rentak 106 album art Sandii Suzuki* Rentak 106 (Album) Sushi Records (3), Sony Music SUSHI 01-2 Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
TJK 173 Sandii - Dream Catcher album art Sandii Dream Catcher (Album, Comp) Epic TJK 173 Thailand 1994 Sell This Version
ESCB 1717 Sandii - Watashi album art Sandii Watashi (Album) Epic ESCB 1717 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
SUSHI-H1 Sandii - Sandii's Hawai'i album art Sandii Sandii's Hawai'i (Album) Sushi Records (3) SUSHI-H1 US 1996 Sell This Version
Sushi 03 Sandii - Sandii's Hawai'i 2nd album art 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 album art Sandii Sandii's Hawai'i 3rd(CD, Album) EastWest AMCY-2755 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
SUSHI 06 Sandii - Sandii's Hawaiian X'mas album art Sandii Sandii's Hawaiian X'mas(HDCD, Album) Sushi Records (3) SUSHI 06 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
PIZ-001 Sandii - Sandii Sings Pacific Lounge Classics album art Sandii Featuring Rene Paulo Sandii Featuring Rene Paulo - Sandii Sings Pacific Lounge Classics(HDCD, Album) Pizza Records (4) PIZ-001 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
XACA-2001 Sandii - Tiki Tiki album art Jazztronik Feat. Sandii Jazztronik Feat. Sandii - Tiki Tiki (Album) Kahakai Records XACA-2001 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
PCCA-01920 Sandii - Ukulele Dreaming album art Sandii Ukulele Dreaming (Album) Pony Canyon PCCA-01920 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
BOM 28001 Sandii - Sandii's Lemurian Heart album art Sandii Sandii's Lemurian Heart(CD, Album) Bomba Records (4) BOM 28001 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
MP-8068 Sandii - Hawai'i 4th album art Sandii Hawai'i 4th(CD, Album) Mana Pacifica MP-8068 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
MP-8015 Sandii - Real Hula For Children album art 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
PCCA 03431 Sandii - Sandii's Showa Hawaiian - Ukulele Dreaming 2 album art Sandii Sandii's Showa Hawaiian - Ukulele Dreaming 2(CD, Album, Promo, PCC + DVD-V, Promo, NTSC, PCC + ) Pony Canyon PCCA 03431 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
MP8031 Sandii - Hula Dub album art Sandii Hula Dub (Album) Mana Pacifica MP8031 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TRS-5002 Sandii - ペルシャ猫は恋泥棒 = Perusha Neko Wa Koi Dorobo / あの人 = Anohito album art サンディ・愛* = Sandie I* サンディ・愛* = Sandie I* - ペルシャ猫は恋泥棒 = Perusha Neko Wa Koi Dorobo / あの人 = Anohito(7", Single) Pineapple Record TRS-5002 US 1974 Sell This Version
AT-1132 Sandii - 愛のメロディー album art Sandi Ai* 愛のメロディー (Single, EP) Toho Records AT-1132 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
AT-1118 Sandii - くちづけは許して / 恋の仲直り album art Sandi Ai* = サンディー・アイ* Sandi Ai* = サンディー・アイ* - くちづけは許して / 恋の仲直り(7", Single) Toho Records AT-1118 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
DSF-105 Sandii - グッドバイ・モーニング / マドモアゼル・ママ album art Sandy* グッドバイ・モーニング / マドモアゼル・ママ (Single) Discomate DSF-105 Japan 1976 Sell This Version