“Sukiyaki,” the cowl model by “A Style of Honey” reached quantity three on the U.S. Billboard Sizzling 100 chart. It additionally went to primary on Billboard’s Grownup Modern chart and Soul chart.
Whereas driving round Los Angeles, Janice–Marie Johnson of A Style of Honey had heard Linda Ronstadt‘s hit remake of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles‘ “Ooo Child Child” play on the automotive radio with Johnson resultantly concluding that A Style of Honey ought to remake a basic hit. Johnson centered on Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” which she first discovered within the unique Japanese. Based on The Billboard Guide of Quantity One R&B Hits by Fred Bronson, Johnson discovered that the Japanese lyrics when translated to English had three potential interpretations — because the mindset of a person going through execution; as somebody making an attempt to be optimistic regardless of life’s trials; or because the story of an ended love affair, with Johnson quoted as saying: “Me being the hopeless romantic that I'm, I made a decision to write down a couple of love gone unhealthy.”
Johnson was given permission by the unique track’s copyright holders to write down the English-language lyrics on the understanding that she obtain neither official credit score nor remuneration. This model used a koto performed by Hazel Payne.
A Style of Honey’s model of “Sukiyaki” first appeared on their 1980 album, Twice As Candy. It was launched as a single in 1981. It's the group’s single of best U.S. chart longevity at 24 weeks, surpassing their earlier hit, “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by one week.