Koji Tamaki was a popular singer during the 1980s and was then known as one of the most popular pop idols in Japan. Though Jpop has not yet been fully established as it is today, they are the earlier equivalents of the popular Japanese singers and pop idols of their time. Even though he is a Japanese singer, he also is a songwriter where he writes ballads and songs for himself and other artists. On top of that, he also works as an actor when he is not on the stage or his recording studio performing.
He was not originally a solo artist, and he was the vocalist of the band Anzen Chitai which has debuted in 1982. He worked tirelessly as the main vocals and songwriter of their band. Despite working with a band, it was in 1987 when he released his first solo single entitled “All I Do”. When his band suspended their performances in 1993, he continued his solo career and was able to release a great deal of studio albums and singles. While working as a singer and songwriter, he used his spare time to appear in films and television dramas. Just when his singing career was at its peak, he also debuted as an actor in 1986 when he played a role in the Prussian Blue No Shozo film.
Other than his music career and acting gigs, his personal life was also a source of awe and enjoyment for the fans. During his entire career he was married a total of three times, marrying an actress named Hiroko Yakushimaru and his keyboardist Satoko Ando. The most interesting aspect about his love life that truly intrigued many was his affair with Actress Mariko Ishihara when he was married to his first wife. There were many speculations during the time in the 80s but the affair was only confirmed when Ishihara wrote about their affair in her autobiography published in 2006. However, when Tamaki retired from his music career due to deteriorating health he and Ishihara met once again and made sure that they would not separate anymore. Just a year after reuniting with each other, they have registered their marriage in Tokyo in 2009.
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