In 1945 a young Japanese singer Kazue Katō, following the advice of her mother, chose a stage name Misora (which means “beautiful sky” in Japanese) and began her flourishing musical career. She captivated the Japanese audience with her acting and musical talents and earned the title of the Queen of Enka (national romantic music genre). Hibari Misora became one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world and the first Japanese woman to receive the state Award of National Honor. In 1989 Hibari passed away after a prolonged illness. However, her records continued to be sold, and by the beginning of 20th century the sales of her records exceeded 80 million.