Misora Hibari (1937 - 1989) - which translates as beautiful skylark (the artist's real name was Kazue Kato) was born in Yokohama. She showed musical talent at an early age, and became an accomplished singer by the age of seven.
As the first major Japanese celebrity of the postwar era, Misora was popularly known as the "Queen of Showa". She appeared in her first movie at age 12. Between 1949 and 1971, she appeared in 158 films receiving numerous awards as an actress in Japanese movies and plays.
Misora released 1,200 songs and sold 68 million records, including 45 million singles. Just as Elvis Presley will always be the King, Misora is still the Queen as far as her many fans are concerned.
In July 1989 after her death, she became the first female recipient of the National Prize of Honour for her longstanding contributions to the music industry.