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Steely Dan – Sayoko Yamaguchi by Hideki Fujii – 1978

Steely Dan – Sayoko Yamaguchi by Hideki Fujii – 1978

Steely Dan 'Greatest Hits' cover featuring Sayoko Yamaguchi 1978

Steely Dan ‘Greatest Hits’ cover featuring Sayoko Yamaguchi 1978

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Hideki Fujii (藤井 秀樹 Fujii Hideki, 1934 – May 3, 2010) was a Japanese photographer.
Among his published works are the book Karada Kesho, with make-up artist Teruko Kobayashi.
He was also responsible for the cover photography for the Steely Dan album Aja.
Fujii died on May 3, 2010 at the age of 75.
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Sayoko Yamaguchi (Japanese:山口小夜子, September 19, 1949 – August 14, 2007) was a Japanese model and actress.
Yamaguchi was a Yokohama native and a graduate of Sugino Gakuen‘s Dressmaker Gakuin design school in Tokyo.
Yamaguchi broke into the international modeling industry in the 1970s. She was one of the first Asians to be featured in the world’s top fashion shows and magazines. Yamaguchi made her debut in Paris in 1972. She went on to work in New York and other international cities. Newsweek Magazine named her one of the world’s top six fashion models in 1977. That year, she was featured on the cover of Steely Dan‘s Aja album.
Yamaguchi went on to continue her career as a film and theater actress, as well as a costume designer.
Yamaguchi died, aged 57, on August 14, 2007, of acute pneumonia.
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Aja (/ˈʒə/, pronounced like Asia) is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977 on ABC Records, it became the group’s best-selling album. Peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. charts and No. 5 in the United Kingdom, it was the band’s first platinum album, eventually selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In 2003, the album was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stones “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. It is widely regarded as a good test recording for audiophiles because of its high production standards.

Donald Fagen has said the album was named for a Korean woman who married the brother of one of his high-school friends. The cover photo by Hideki Fujii features Japanese model and actress Sayoko Yamaguchi.
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