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“When I was six I secretly wanted to be a pop singer. When I was thirteen I formed a copy band of The Beatles. At that time I had a dream that we would be a worldwide famous band.” – Yukihide Takekawa
Singer-songwriter Yukihide Takekawa’s dream for worldwide success came true after Godiego, the band he fronted and helped formed in 1975, released the album “Magic Monkey”, consisting of songs written for and inspired by the popular TV series “Monkey” (aka “Saiyuki”) which was based on the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. “Monkey” first aired in Japan in 1978 and was comically dubbed into English a year later and became a huge success with audiences in England, Australia and New Zealand. The album went to the top of the charts in Japan and established Godiego as being the most popular group in the country at that time, a string of hits followed and some chart success overseas. For many music lovers in the West, Godiego was the band that introduced them to J-Pop – they remain a national treasure.
Yukihide started his music career as a solo artist and has gone on to release over fifty albums (including those with Godiego). He remains a popular figure within the entertainment world of Japan where his infectious songs have been featured in films, television shows and computer games. A prolific songwriter, Yukihide is busier than ever and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Thank God!
In October 2010 Yukihide was kind enough to give an interview to writer Spencer Lloyd Peet. Yukihide Takekawa Interview.