Junko Ohashi About
Junko Ohashi (大橋純子), born April 26, 1956, is a Japanese pop singer known for her powerful soulful voice.
She got her start in music when she joined a band while attending Hokkaido University. Inspired by such artists like Sergio Mendes & Brazil ‘66 and Janice Joplin, Ohashi hoped to add soulful tone to her music.
While working part-time at Yamaha Music Foundation headquarters in Tokyo in 1974, she won a record deal with Philips label and released her debut album Feeling Now.
In 1977, she formed the band Junko Ohashi & Minoya Central Station which included Masami Tsuchiya and her future husband Ken Sato as members. That same year, her song “Simple Love” became a big hit. Her other popular songs include “Tasogare My Love” (1978), Safari Night” (1978), “Beautiful Me” (1979) and “Silhouette Romance” (1981).