b. 30 August 1948, Fukuoka, Japan. After the failure of his CBS Sony debut single as Andre Kandre in 1970, Inoue, one of many male singer-songwriters under the musical and lyrical influence of contemporary American styles, relaunched himself in 1972 with ‘Jinsei Ga Nido Areba’ (If I Had Two Lives). This was followed by the Japanese hit single ‘Yume No Naka E’ (Into A Dream) and a successful album, Kôrino Sekai in 1973. That same year also saw a hit in ‘Kokoro Moyô (A Mind Pattern), the introspective lyricism of which, in both words and melody, had widespread appeal among an audience who were ready to hear something other than the traditionally socially-orientated songs. The image-conscious singer, who is always to be seen wearing sunglasses and who has consistently avoided appearing on television, has continued his run of success in later years with hit singles, ‘Isso Serenade’ (Rather A Serenade) (1984) and ‘Shônen Jidai’ (Boyhood) (1990).
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