1981 Char – USJ

Born 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s most influential guitarist and a longtime leader in Japan’s music scene, Char started playing guitar at age 8. Beginning his career as a professional session musician in both the studio and at live performances during his junior high school years, in 1973 Char formed his first band, Smoky Medicine. After playing with a number of other bands, in 1976, Char released his major label debut single, Navy Blue. In 1978, Char formed the still highly influential band Johnny, Louis & Char (later renamed “Pink Cloud”). Char’s solo projects include the album “USJ” made with Steve Lukather and released in ’81. In 1989 Char formed BAHO – an acoustic duo with Osamu Ishida, and went on to form the band Psychedelix with band members such as Jimmy Copley (drums) who played in the group UPP which was produced by Jeff Beck. 1999 was spent touring Japan with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert in a unit called CB&A and a live album of the shows was released in 2000. After playing with many musicians both in Japan and abroad including artists such as Paul Jackson and Larry Carlton, and releasing many solo and band albums, Char continues to challenge himself and in 2009 began Zicca Records. Char spent a year arranging and recording songs from artists he was most influenced by including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Ventures, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix for a six release DVD and CD cover song collection entitled “TRADROCK by Char” and released on Zicca Records in 2010. The year 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of Char’s debut.



1  Give Me Some Time 4:44
2  Street Information 3:56
3  Cry Like A Baby 6:19
4  Smoky 5:44
5  You Can´t Have Me 3:18
6  Nice Changes 5:07



Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Char
Keyboards David Foster
Sax Dan Higgins
Background Vocals Char
Vocals Richard Page
Vocals Tom Kelly

Other Musicians

1 Give Me Some Time

Guitar Steve Lukather

4 Smokey

Guitar Steve Lukather

5 You Can’t Have Me

Guitar Steve Lukather

6 Nice Changes

Guitar Steve Lukather

Liner Notes

Producer – Char, Steve Lukather