One of the big things Four Leaves brought around was the use of trainees from the agency to back dance for them and from these trainees new groups to debut being created. Two such groups that came out of these trainees back dancing for Four Leaves were High Society and Jukebox. Both groups did not last very long and disbanded within a few years after their debut.
The next success Johnny’s had they actually lost. Go Hiromi is one of the few that was asked to join the agency in 1971 but left J&A about four years after. He is one of the rare cases in the Japanese entertainment world where he was able to change his agency and find greater success. In fact he’s one of the more popular solo male singers in Japan and even though he’s well in his 50s he’s still going strong. He was also the first Johnny's to win the Best New Artist award at Japan Records, which is considered the Japanese version of the Grammy's.
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VIP does stand as proof of there once being girls as a part of Johnny’s as well as the all girl group, Orange Sisters and talent Mori Mitsuko. Not much is known about the girls but there were groups from the 60s and 70s but Johnny’s dropped them all during the mid-1980s to turn to being a boys only idol agency. Though Mori Mitsuko still has connections with the agency and has been seen in connection with Johnny’s, such as participating in Johnny's produced stage plays and musicals, up to the present day.
Other Johnny’s group of the 1980s to note was the Tanokin Trio, that was made up of Tahara Toshihiko, a soloist that was often paired with Kondo “Matchy” Masahiko (another soloist) and Nomura Yoshio (member of the band group The Good-Bye). The groups' name comes from the first kanji of their names, Ta for Tahara, No for Nomura and Kin is another way to read the kanji for Kon in Kondo. They actually didn’t release anything music-wise as a group but existed as the three members were all in 3-nen 3-gumi Kinpachi-Sensei drama, almost always on shows together and did concerts together. They also starred in a few movies together.
Of course with Matchy and Shounentai it’s time to finish this portion of Johnny’s history. These two acts mark the start of giving the different acts that Johnny has debuted as unlike the rest they still have members that are not only still a part of the agency but are still active with activities.
TRIVIA: Namida-kun Sayonara was one of the group Johnny's songs that has been covered by two debuted groups, TOKIO on their TOK10 album and Hey! Say! JUMP for the Sensei wa Erai drama special, and it still gets covered from time to time by the Juniors.
In the 1990s Kita Koji wrote a tell all book titled Hikaru Genji e which included the initial allegations of Johnny and other members of management molesting talents.
Hatakeyama Masahisa from Johhny’s Junior Special/VIP is technically still with Johnny’s himself but is no longer a talent. He’s now a choreographer.
3-nen 3-gumi Kinpachi-Sensei was a popular drama series that since its first season with the Tanokin Trio has had strong connections with Johnny's and several Johnny's began their acting careers with the drama.
Ninja, a band group from 1990-1994, is the only post Shounentai group to no longer have any of their members still with the agency.
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The Early and Rocky Path to Fame
Kondo Masahiko: Singer, Dancer, Actor, Professional Race Car Driver
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TOKIO, From Spaceships to the Over 30s World
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KinKi Kids, It's Not What You Think
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Johnny's Black Sheep, Akanishi Jin
How to Debut Without Even Trying, Ikuta Toma
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Yamashita Tomohisa, Johnny’s Golden Boy
Entering the Sexy Zone
The 5Stars A.B.C-Z
Johnny's and Charity
Odds & Ends