Peggy Hayama, Japanese singer, Died at 83


Peggy Hayama was born Shigeko Mori on December 9, 1933, in Yotsuya and died on April 12, 2017.

She was a Japanese singer.

She attended Aoyama Gakuin Senior High School, where she was discovered while singing jazz.

Peggy Hayama debuted at the age of 18 in 1952, and two years later entered the Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time.

She was known for singing the Japanese-language version of “Do-Re-Mi”, a show tune from The Sound of Music later placed on the Nihon no Uta Hyakusen in 2007.

Peggy Hayama also lent her voice to Japanese dubs of Disney films and released a Japanese cover of “The Wedding” under its original title “La Novia”.

Her most famous Japanese songs included “Having Left Tosa”, “School Days”, and “Shimabara Lullaby”.

Peggy Hayama’s last performance was held in March 2017, at a memorial concert for Fubuki Koshiji.

Hayama was honored by the Ministry of Education in 1993 for her contributions to fine arts in Japan.

Hayama received the Medal with Purple Ribbon, two years later.

During 2004, she was awarded an Order of the Rising Sun, fourth class.

Peggy Hayama became the first chairwoman of the Japanese Singers Association in 2007, and served until 2010.

She was married to Jun Negami from 1965 until his death in 2005.

She died after being hospitalized in Tokyo due to pneumonia.

Peggy Hayama passed away at 83 years old.