12 June 2007
Sakura the pint-sized livewire
A 1967 Radio Weekly article called Sakura a "pint-sized extrovert and livewire". Interestingly, her stage name is actually a literal translation of her Chinese name, 'Ying Hua', (meaning cherry blossom in Mandarin)! Apparently she was given the nickname when she started singing Japanese numbers in Chinese during her stage performances. Sakura's debut EP, featuring the tracks: "Like I Do", "My Bonnie", "Sad Movie" and "Listen People", sold over 25,000 copies when it was released in 1966. The backing band featured in this recording is none other than The Quests (credited as Sounds Anonymous). I think this is such a happy tune, you can almost sense Sakura's fun spirit.
Sakura - Like I Do
Rita Chao seems to get a lot more love here than Sakura. No one commented on the last Sakura post, but I'm assuming it was fab, right? =)