Legal name: 大島九
Kyu Sakamoto (坂本 九, Sakamoto Kyū, born Hisashi Oshima (大島 九, Ōshima Hisashi), 10 December 1941 – 12 August 1985) was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside of Japan for his international hit song "Ue o Muite Arukō" (known as Sukiyaki), which was sung in Japanese and sold over 13 million copies. It reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963. He was also the first Asian singer to have a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. He died on August 12, 1985, in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123, the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history.