September 23, 2023

Kazuya Kosaka

One of the rewards of listening to the Gold(en oldies) on J1 Radio is hearing covers of songs you never expected. Flash back to the late 1950s and early 1960s when Japan's television stations were first going on the air. They licensed Hollywood productions to fill in the program schedules.

Westerns were a staple on American television at the time, and so the genre naturally became a staple on Japanese television. Rawhide was a big hit. During a February 1962 publicity tour, Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, and Eric Fleming met the Japanese press at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo.

It was only a matter of time before Japanese musicians began performing Western music and rockabilly. Kazuya Kosaka & The Wagon Masters not only covered the hits but reinterpreted them as well.

Here's Kosaku's version of "Rawhide."

And his cover of "Jailhouse Rock."

Kazuya Kosaka (1935–1997) is better remembered today in Japan for his long career in movies and television.

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# posted by Blogger Unknown
12/25/2021 4:11 PM   
Thank you.
I heard this version on the show,
The Expanse, on Prime.
Back ground music in a bar scene.
S.5? Episode 1.
Watch the entire series to get to the's worth it.