Japanese singer Peggy Hayama, best known for her performance of the Japanese version of "Do-Re-Mi" from the musical "The Sound of Music," died on April 12 of pneumonia at age 83.
Born in 1933 in Tokyo's Yotsuya, Hayama, whose real name was Shigeko Mori, started singing jazz after entering Aoyama Gakuin Senior High School. She debuted in 1952 and in 1954 performed at public broadcaster NHK's annual year-end Kohaku Uta Gassen singing competition event for the first time.
She saw "The Sound of Music" on Broadway in 1960 and was moved so much that she gave Japanese lyrics to the song "Do-Re-Mi," which became widely popular in Japan.
Hayama received the minister of education award for fine arts in 1993 and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2004. In 2007, Hayama became the first woman to serve as the chairperson of the Japanese Singers Association.
She had been active until very recently, performing at a show at the end of March in memory of former Takarazuka Revue star Fubuki Koshiji, who died in 1980.