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Wednesday, 6th May 2009
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Japanese chanson singer Hideo Ko dies

Hideo Ko, the Japanese singer famous for pioneering the chanson form of French singing, has died of pneumonia at the age of 90.

A native of Karafuto (now a part of the Russian Federation), Mr Ko helped to increase the popularity of the musical genre in Japan, reports Kyodo News.

The performer travelled to France for the first time in the 1950s and went on to release hit songs including Yuri no furu machi wo (Town of Falling Snow).

As well as becoming popular in Japan, he was well-known in France where he would sing songs while wearing a traditional Japanese kimono.

In 1989, the Japanese government awarded him the Medal with Purple Ribbon.

Chanson first became prominent in the Middle Ages and only the melodies survive from the earliest examples of it.

Among the most renowned chanson composers are Pierre Attaignant, Josquin Baston, Antoine Bruhier, Mathieu Gascogne and Pierre Certon.

Written by Susan Ballion