Do you remember this #1 hit from the 60s?

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  1. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Wow. I probably have not heard that song of over half a century, yet I remember it like it was yesterday. I was just getting into listening to music at the time as a young kid.

    Watching Tommy E. doing it, I was certain he was going to break out singing in Japanese.

    For a moment I thought about learning it. Don't worry, it was only for a moment.

    I can understand why some would not like it. For me, it is purely a nostalgia trip. Thanks for posting.
     
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  2. VWAmTele

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    I never remember hearing it at the time, but I do remember it being featured in a "Mad Men" episode in which Don has dinner in a Japanese restaurant.

     
  3. richiek65

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    He does get great tone..

    Saw him getting interviewed by the Captain recently, he said he never knew that bass guitar existed in his early days, he thought the bass WAS being played by the rhythm guitar and he just learnt to play what he was hearing. Necessity is the mother of invention hey?
    He's a phenomenal drummer as well..I mean REALLY phenomenal.
     
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    I always thought that song sounded a lot like this

     
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    Missed that one, my loss for sure.
     
  6. dented

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    I remember it for sure. Last time I heard it? Wow.....who knows....a long time.
     
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    Absolutely! I think it was a summertime hit.
     
  8. Geo

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    Sukiyaki got a lot of radio airplay. Telestar was another one somewhat similar although all
    instrumental in the hit version.
     
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    The World of Suzie Wong starred Holden and the beautiful and talented Chinese American actress Nancy Kwan, and her character was Chinese, not Japanese, and it's set in Hong Kong, where Kwan was born. She also starred in Flower Drum Song, one of many fabulous musicals written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, which is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
    Nancy had a long and successful movie career, as well as appearing in many TV series from the 70s and 80s.
     
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    Yes. I have heard it a couple of times over the years.
     
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    i heard it yesterday...i have it on my mp3 player :lol:
     
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    Yes.

    Full disclisure. Spouse was born in Tokyo. It's not uncommon to find it in the cycle on her play list...along with early Stones and Janis Joplin.

    And I too understand it to be a song of lament.
     
  13. Larry F

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    To me, this was one of those interesting oddities of the pre-Beatle 60s. Somehow, I came to associate this song with a movie in which Sal Mineo plays a Native American who hurls himself to his death at the film's climax. So, whenever I heard this song, in G major pentatonic, I thought it was a Native American melody. Not sure what I thought about the language, as lyrics were never something I paid attention.
     
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    Yup. It's pretty insipid, IMO.
     
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    Didn’t like Sukyaki and couldn’t stand this one either.
     
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    I still remember that very beautiful song.
     
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    Oops, it's been decades since I watched the movie. I just remember a nice garden they were in and a few random parts of the movie.
     
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    Captain Anderton?
     
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    Really? How do you grow up in the age of the Beatles and not know of the bass?
     
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    Lol, you mention Telestar and immediately it starts playing in my head. And I checked and got the key correct. I memorized it in tune, as with most songs and tv music.
     
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