Having learned more about Japanese Group Sounds music over the last few years I was curious about The Beatles opening acts in Japan in their 1966 tour of the country. While most people would know of Jackie Yoshikawa and the Blue Comets, most of the other acts are relatively unknown outside Japan. The Drifters was one of the opening acts for the Beatles and their spirited performance might leave one thinking they were a little to enthusiastic in their show but they were suppose to be. The Drifters were one of Japans comedy groups during the 1960's and 1970's and are still known as being one of the biggest comedy acts in Japan. This is the cover of one of their LP's on Toshiba records and pressed on Red vinyl, typical of Toshiba releases in the 1960's.
Leonardo Flores is a Southern California based Film Director and Writer. Some of his articles have been published in There's That Beat rare soul magazine (www.theresthatbeat.com), Collection DX Vintage Japanese and American Toys (www.collectiondx.com)and 60's music magazine Ugly Things. Leonardo also wrote, produced and directed his first feature length film "Young Birds Fly" in 2006.