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UPDATE:
Members of the Fabulous Fukano Family have set up a Facebook page to share information.
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Many people have contacted me in the last few days to let me know that Eddy Fukano has passed away.

From his obituary:

Mr. Eddy Fukano passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon in Seattle, Washington surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, he attended the Gakushuin school and left Japan as a young talent to pursue his career in music, touring, performing, composing, arranging, and teaching for a career that spanned over 60 years.

He is survived by his son, Shima Fukano, daughter Sakura, and brother Yasuhiro. He will be greatly missed by his friend "Tanuki" Tanaka, Ms. Koyama, and Mr and Mrs Jay Hassel, and fondly remembered by extended family, friends, fellow artists and musicians, students, and fans.

Remembrance gatherings in honour of Eddy will be held privately.

Memorial:

In honour of his lifelong contribution to music, his students, the rare opportunities he was given, and 50 years performing and entertaining the Seattle community, memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to SMP, the charitable organisation bringing the gift of music instruction to the youth of Seattle.

Seattle Music Partners
4533 Sunnyside Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 409-2535
www.seattlemusicpartners.org



My condolences go out to all the friends and family of Mr. Fukano. I've enjoyed hearing from so many people all over the world these past few years. He will be missed.

If this is your first time here, you may wish to catch up on the whole Eddy Fukano story (according to me).
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You may also see his two videos on my YouTube channel.
 
A Fortune
Fortune

My Chinese dinner (oh Wah Yuen, what makes your egg rolls so good?) included this fortune: "The universe without music would be madness." While I agree, this reminds me of The Chaste Planet by John Updike in which the reverse is true.

In the story, humans encounter the Minervans, creatures living within the planet Jupiter on a hidden planet dubbed Minerva. The humans eventually discover the Minervan's hidden intense musical life. The Minervan's word for "music" is the same as for "life", as "silence" is the same as "death".

When humans bring Minervans to Earth, they are so inundated with music that they experience a type of insanity. Sometimes I think I know exactly how they feel.

I encourage you to visit your local library and read Mr. Updike's short story for yourself. And while you're there, check out the millions of other great stories they have there.
 
Further Fukano
Another fantastic Eddy Fukano fan has written me with another sighting to report. The Eddy Fukano saga continues...
Hi... I was thrilled to see my Eddy again.  I knew of him from his performances at the Wagon lounge in Portland, Oregon about 40 years ago.  I have his Eastside Westside album and I, too, am amazed at his yodeling.  I am glad to see he is back in the northwest, in the Seattle area.  He used to fake a guitar problem and state -- "No wonder -- Made in USA!"  He is a charmer and so talented.   Thanks for the video.  It brought back memories for me.
Many thanks to dear visitor "S" for taking the time to share her memories. And in case you want to catch up with the previous episodes in the Eddy Fukano saga, click here.
 
Eddy Fukano for President
Eddy_Fukano_page_2Notes from Eddy Fukano fans, friends, and family keep showing up in my inbox. Today's entry in the Eddy Fukano archive comes from another family member and includes some really neat tidbits for all the Eddy Fukano fans out there.

Hello,  It was so nice to find your page about Eddy.  It is good to know that so many people remember his country music with such fondness.

Read more...
 
Fabulous Fukano Family
Eddy_Fukano_newThe Eddy Fukano emails keep rolling in. In fact, I can hardly keep up. Today, I have not one but TWO Eddy Fukano sightings to report!

The first comes from perhaps the ultimate authority other than Mr. Fukano himself. I received this wonderful email (slightly edited) from none other than Eddy Fukano's daughter.
I stumbled across your article and videos on the Yodeling Japanese, and the promo photo today.  I'm his daughter, and I have always loved that photo. The stage costume he wore in that photo is hanging in a glass case along with lots of other Eddy Fukano memorabilia in a country western bar in Tokyo.

A fan in California also contacted me recently and sent me another photo and 45 of SUKIYAKI...  I was in an airport a few years ago and felt a strange melancholy suddenly fall over me... when my brain finally filtered out all the noise and chaos, I realized it was my dad's song playing.

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R.I.P. Lena Horne
Lena_HorneMultiple Grammy winner, NAACP Image Award winner, and Kennedy Center Honors recipient Lena Horne passed away May 9 at age 92.

Whenever I think of the great classy jazz vocalists, Ms. Horne comes first to mind. I always found her sultry, sophisticated style particularly engaging. Along with other great vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Lena Horne forged a path through contemporary music and American culture that will long be remembered, and that we all should be grateful for.

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