Sandii

Sandii Suzuki

Also known as サンディー, サンドラ・ホーン, S, Sandi, Sandi A.Hohn, Sandi Ai, Sandii Suzuki, Sandra Hohn, Sandy, Sandy Ai, Sandy O'Neil, Trad. Sandii
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.sandii.info/

Discography of Sandii:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 1980 Alfa
2 Something Special 3 Audio 1986
3 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 2006 Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc.
4 Sandii's Hawai'i 14 Audio 1996-00-00 Sushi Records (3)
5 Joget To The Beat 10 Audio 1992-02-26 EMI
6 ヘイ! キング・コングKing Kong 2 Audio 1979 Eastworld
7 Come Closer, Tes 2 Audio 1985 Hakuhodo Music
8 Watashi 11 Audio 1996-01-21
9 Something Special 2 Audio 1986 10 Records
10 Dream Catcher / Hai Hai Hai 6 Audio 1994 File Records
11 Dream Catcher 12 Audio 1994
12 Pacifica 11 Audio 1991 EMI
13 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 1980 Alfa
14 Idol Era 2 Audio 1980 Alfa Records, Inc
15 Mystery Nile 10 Audio 1978 Eastworld
16 Sandi Ai 12 Audio 1975 Toho Records
17 Sukiyaki / Ikan Kekek 5 Audio 1990 Toshiba Records
18 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 1992-03-21 Alfa
19 Hai Hai Hai 2 Audio 1994-01-21 Epic
20 Seaside Bound 3 Audio 1994-08-21 Epic
21 Mercy 11 Audio 2002-05-09 Eastworld
22 Come Again - Remixes And Rare Tracks 10 Audio 1991-02-20 Eastworld
23 Floral Heat 花熱 12 Audio 1992 Rock Records
24 Floral Heat 5 Audio 1992 Rock Records
25 Pacifica 11 Audio 1991 Eastworld
26 Pacifica 11 Audio 1992-01-22 Eastworld
27 Rentak 106 12 Audio 1993 Sushi Records (3)
28 Dream Catcher 12 Audio 1994 Epic
29 World Remix 6 Audio 1994-03-21
30 Pictures - Very Best Of Sandii '87-'92 16 Audio 1994-03-23 Eastworld
31 Sandii's Hawai'i 14 Audio 1996-00-00 Sushi Records (3)
32 Pacifica Remixes 7 Audio 1992 Vivid Sound
33 Tiki Tiki 7 Audio 2002-06-26 Kahakai Records
34 くちづけは許して 19 Audio 2011-08-10 Solid Records (6)
35 Suriram 6 Audio 1991 Vivid Sound
36 Aloha Groovin' Remixes 10 Audio 2000-07-12 Horipro Inc.
37 Tiki Tiki 7 Audio 2004-07-14 Tokuma Japan Communications
38 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 1988 Alfa
39 Mystery Nile 10 Audio 1978 Eastworld
40 Something Special 2 Audio 1986 Virgin
41 Eating Pleasure 10 Audio 1980 Alfa


Born in Japan, but with an American father, Sandra as she was known then moved to Hawai'i as a pre-teen and began training as a Hula dancer before deciding to become a singer in the mid-70s.

Sandra became known as Sandy or Sandi in her teen years and the nickname stuck.

Following a debut single release on an indie label in Hawai'i, Sandi returned back to her home country of Japan to work as a DJ and entertainer, securing her first record deal with Toho with the support of Kyu Sakamoto (Sandii would later in her career record a version of his classic hit "Sukiyaki").

She soon met Makoto Kubota and they were a couple for over 20 years. Sandii joined Makoto's group Sunset Gang as a backing vocalist and percussionist while also releasing solo records. Her first success (as "Sandy") was "Goodbye Morning" which won the 1976 World Popular Song Contest, followed by a top hit in Japan, "Mystery Nile" released under the pseudonym Sandy O'Neil (not her real name - it is an anagram of "Nile").

In the late 1970s Sandii recorded a number of sessions using different names, and sometimes uncredited, often for TV and radio commercials.

In 1980 Sandi was re-christened Sandii at the suggestion of Harry Hosono, because of her Hawaiian connections.

In 1981, inspired by Blondie, Makoto and Sandii decided to pool the resources of both their acts to create Sandii & The Sunsetz.

In 1990 Sandii resumed her solo career, although still using most of The Sunsetz as backing musicians, and began to explore world music more widely with the support and encouragement of Makoto.

In 1996 Sandii released the first of her Hula inspired albums, and this is a path she has concentrated on since, becoming one of the top Hula masters in the world.

Sandii is still recording but also runs schools teaching Hula and also works as a TV presenter.


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