Pink Lady was a Japanese pop music duo that rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, featuring Mitsuyo Nemoto (Mie) and Keiko Masuda (formerly Kei). They were childhood friends who grew up and formed a schoolgirl folk duo from Shizuoka Prefecture. Pink Lady epitomizes the Japanese concept of the pop-star “idol,” singing catchy, hook-filled pop songs, often with a disco flavor, and performing almost perfectly synchronized dances to accompany their songs. They made their debut in August 1976 with the single “Pepper Keibu,” which peaked at No. 4 on Oricon’s charts. From 1976 to 1979, Pink Lady had a streak of nine No. 1 hits starting with “S.O.S.”
Pink Lady’s music is characterized by their upbeat and catchy pop songs, often with a disco flavor, and their synchronized dance routines. They were one of the biggest disco acts in Japan from the late 1970s and are regarded as an important piece of Japan’s musical history due to their uniquely choreographed dances they created themselves for each of their songs. They disbanded in 1981 but have since reunited several times.
Pink Lady’s discography includes several albums and singles, including their debut album, Pepper Keibu, and their hit singles “S.O.S.,” “UFO,” and “Southpaw.” They also released a variety show in the United States in 1980 called Pink Lady and Jeff, which was short-lived. However, this show is not the focus of this article.
Overall, Pink Lady’s contributions to the music industry as a pop duo have solidified their place as a respected and influential musician in Japan. Their unique sound and style have captivated audiences and earned them a dedicated fan base.