(occasionally credited to Tatsu Yamashita
or Tats Yamashita
, born February 4, 1953) is a Japanese singer-songwriter
, and record producer
. He has been known by his musical style deeply influenced from 1960s American pop and rock music.
Yamashita is best known for the song "Christmas Eve", which was initially appeared on his album Melodies
in 1983 and later became a hit throughout the decades. It is considered one of the standard Japanese Christmas songs
, winning the Special Prize at the 45th Japan Record Awards
20 years after its release.
In 1973, Yamashita formed the band Sugar Babe with the musicians including Taeko Onuki and Kunio Muramatsu, and released their sole album Songs
two years later. After the group disbanded in 1976, Yamashita signed to RCA and launched his own career, with release of the solo album Circus Town
. Following 1979 award-winning
gained moderate success, Yamashita rose to fame.
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