On October 16, the music world mourned the sudden loss of Japanese singer Shinji Tanimura at the age of 74. Tanimura, known for his solo career and as a member of the group "Alice," had been battling health issues since March when he underwent surgery for acute enteritis. Despite hopes of returning to the stage with Alice next year, his health deteriorated, leaving friends and acquaintances increasingly worried.
Tanimura's illustrious music career began in 1968, and he gained national recognition with hits like "Ima wa Mou Dare mo" and "Champion." He also made a mark as a solo artist, composing songs like "Ii Hi Tabidachi," which became a massive hit for idol Momoe Yamaguchi. His influence extended to China, where "Subaru" became a sensation.
Tanimura was not only a musician but also an educator, serving as a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His captivating stage presence was evident in a provocative duet with actress Tomoko Ogawa in "Wasurete Ii no - Ai no Makugire" in 1984.
The loss of Shinji Tanimura follows a year marked by the passing of other music legends, including Yukihiro Takahashi, Makoto Ayukawa, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. His absence leaves a void in the hearts of music lovers and fans worldwide.