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Miyoshi Umeki (aka Nancy Umeki) Discography on Mercury

[MGW-12148]

Miyoshi Umeki aka Nancy Umeki (May 8, 1929 - August 28, 2007), a Japanese female jazz singer, moved to the U.S. and made a contract with Mercury label in the 1950s. She recorded five 45rpm singles as well as two LPs as a lead vocalist. One more LP was a recompiled budget release. And there is even a various compilation LP which contains one track by Miyoshi Umeki.

Among of her recordings on Mercury, the most famous tune may be “Sayonara” (written by Irving Berlin), the title song of the movie “Sayonara”, on which Miyoshi Umeki herself acted and won the Best Supporting Actress of the Academy Award (I have not confirmed yet, but somebody told me the soundtrack LP by RCA Victor contains the tune “Sayonara” sung by Miiko Taka, another Japanese actress on the movie). By the way, Miyoshi Umeki recorded two different “Sayonara”s: “Sayonara (The Japanese Farewell Song)” on MG-20165 is a different tune with the same title.

The period Miyoshi Umeki recorded on Mercury: 1955 - 1959.



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The Miyoshi Umeki Release Listing on Mercury

No.
(45rpm)
Title Artist(s) (Note)
Mercury
70838x45
How Deep is the Ocean?
c/w Why Talk?
Miyoshi Umeki maroon label
Mercury
70880x45
The Little Lost Dog
c/w The Story You're About to Hear is True
Miyoshi Umeki black label
Mercury
71215x45
The Mountain Beyond the Moon
c/w Oh What Good Company We Could Be
Miyoshi Umeki with Red Buttons -
Mercury
71216x45
Sayonara (The Japanese Farewell Song)
c/w Be Sweet Tonight
Miyoshi Umeki black label
Mercury
71243x45
Sayonara
c/w On and On
Miyoshi Umeki black label



No.
(Mono)
No.
(Stereo)
Title Artist(s) Jacket (Note)
Mercury
MG-20161
- Songs for the Mood You're In Various Artists [MG-20161] black Mercury
MS1/MS1
Mercury
MG-20165
- Miyoshi Sings for Arthur Godfrey Miyoshi Umeki [MG-20165] black Mercury
MS1/MS1
Mercury
MG-20568
Mercury
SR-60228
Miyoshi Miyoshi Umeki [MG-20568] black Mercury
Wing
MGW-12148
- Miyoshi - Singing Star of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song Miyoshi Umeki [MGW-12148] blue Wing



The Miyoshi Umeki Discography on Mercury


Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
(“The Mercury Labels - A Discography” by Ruppli and Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993)

Miyoshi Umeki with Hugo Peretti Orchestra
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
with Hugo Perretti (arr, cond) and his Orchestra.
Recorded in New York City, 1955.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW12184 How Deep is the Ocean? (How High the Sky?) Mercury 70838x45 Mercury MG-20161
Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW12185 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW12186 Why Talk? Mercury 70838x45  
YW12187 Hanna Ko San   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148



Miyoshi Umeki with David Carroll Orchestra
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
with David Carroll (arr, cond) and his Orchestra.
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, IL in 1956?
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW13200 The Little Lost Dog
(from French film “Chiens perdus sans collier”)
Mercury 70880x45 Wing MGW-12148
YW13201 The Story You're About to Hear is True Mercury 70880x45  



Miyoshi Umeki with Hugo Peretti Orchestra
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
with Hugo Peretti (arr, cond) and his Orchestra.
Recorded in New York City, 1956.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW13884 If I Give My Heart to You   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13885 I'm in the Mood for Love   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13886 China Nights (Shina No Yoru)   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13887 My Baby's Comin' Home   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13888 Slowly Go Out of Your Mind   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13889 Teach Me Tonight   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148
YW13890 'S Wonderful   Mercury MG-20165
YW13891 Sayonara (The Japanese Farewell Song) Mercury 71216x45 Mercury MG-20165
YW13892 Over the Rainbow   Mercury MG-20165
Wing MGW-12148



Miyoshi Umeki
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
with unknown orchestra.
Recorded in New York City on November 29, 1957.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW15154 Sayonara (from Warner Bros. picture) Mercury 71243x45 Wing MGW-12148



Miyoshi Umeki with Red Buttons
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
Red Buttons (vo on YW15940, YW15941),
with unknown orchestra.
Recorded in New York City on September 27, 1957.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW15939 On and On Mercury 71243x45  
YW15940 The Mountain Beyond the Moon (with Red Buttons) Mercury 71215x45  
YW15941 Oh What Good Company We Could Be (with Red Buttons) Mercury 71215x45  
YW15942 Be Sweet Tonight Mercury 71216x45  



Miyoshi Umeki with Hal Mooney Orchestra
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
Hal Mooney (dir),
tps, tbs, woodwinds, vib, g, b, ds, xyl, bells, strings.
Recorded in New York City, 1959?
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW18762 | PB2149 That Old Feeling   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18763 | PB2150 They Can't Take That Away From Me   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18764 | PB2151 Jeepers Creepers   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18765 | PB2152 My Heart Stood Still   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18766 | PB2153 Sometimes I'm Happy   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18767 | PB2154 Gone with the Wind   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18768 | PB2155 I Could Write a Book   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18769 | PB2156 My Ship   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228



Miyoshi Umeki with Perry Burgett Orchestra
Miyoshi Umeki (vo),
Perry Burgett (cond), Hal Mooney (dir)
tps, tbs, woodwinds, vib, g, ds, xyl, bells, strings.
Recorded in New York City, 1959?
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW18770 | PB2157 You Make Me Feel So Young   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18771 | PB2158 Wonder Why   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18772 | PB2159 I'm Old Fasioned   Mercury MG-20568
Mercury SR-60228
YW18773 | PB2160 Pick Yourself Up unissued



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