Chieko Baishō 倍賞千恵子

Chieko Baishō was born in Tokyo. She graduated from 松竹音楽舞踊 “Shochiku” drama school and was recruited immediately to act in the movie 下町の太陽. She also sang the theme song which became a major hit in 1962. It was the beginning of a long and successful acting and singing career for Chieko Baishō. Another of her most memorable songs is さよならはダンスの後に Sayonara wa Dance no Ato ni (“Goodbye at the end of the dance”) in 1965 (It was revived as “Moonlight Densetsu” for the famous anime, Sailor Moon). She was popular for her performance as Sakura in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series (1969–1995). She won the award for best actress at the 5th Hochi Film Award for 遙かなる山の呼び声 A Distant Cry from Spring (1980).

下町の太陽 (DOWNTOWN SUN)
下町の空に かがやく太陽は
よろこびと 悲しみ写す ガラス窓
心のいたむ その朝は
足音しみる 橋の上
あゝ  太陽に 呼びかける

下町の恋を 育てた太陽は
縁日に 二人で分けた 丸いあめ
口さえ聞けず 別れては
祭りの午 後の なつかしく
あゝ 太陽に 涙ぐむ

下町の屋根を 温める太陽は
貧しくも 笑顔を消さぬ 母の顔
悩みを夢を  うちあけて
路地にも幸の くるように
あゝ 太陽と 今日もまた

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