Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto would be 79 today. He was one of the victims of the Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash in August 1985. "Ue O Muite Arokou" ("I Look Up As I Walk)" was first released in Japan in 1961, where it topped the charts for three months and was named the #1 record of 1961. It was released in the US and the UK in 1963 under the title "Sukiyaki," because it was short, catchy, definitely Japanese, and familiar to US and UK audiences. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, the first Asian song to do so, and also reached #18 on the R&B charts and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.