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Awaya Noriko (淡谷のり子), (August 12, 1907 – September 22, 1999) was a Japanese female Soprano chanson and popular music (ryūkōka) singer. She has been dubbed the "Queen of Blues" in Japan.

Awaya was born as Nori Awaya in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture. She was the oldest daughter of a wealthy merchant family, but in 1910 her family's home was destroyed in the Aomori City fire. Ten years later they were completely bankrupt, and in 1923 she, along with her mother and younger… read more

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