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Music Hall: Shizuko Kasagi

One of the most popular jazz singers to emerge in the post-war days of the American occupation of Japan was Shizuko Kasagi. She was heavily influenced by American jazz and boogie woogie, as can be seen in the video above from 1950. It’s called Kaimono Bugi (Shopping Boogie), and tells the story of a housewife who is having a tough day shopping for everyone else, and whose job is made more difficult as she encounters sales clerks who are deaf and blind.

She also became a very popular actress, and was cast in a 1948 movie called Drunken Angel, directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. She died of ovarian cancer in 1985 at age 70.

Read  more about this wonderful singer at Japan Newbie.

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2013 by in Entertainment, Music and tagged , , , .
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