In 1967, Sugita Jiro got his start as the leader of the amateur folk band JIROS, which he formed with the other founding members Daijiro Shiomi and Tetsujiro Hosohara.
In 1968, JIROS made their debut with the amateur single "Anata Dake ni / My Heart" on April 5 under Toshiba Musical Industries. Of the two songs on the single, Sugita Jiro's original song "Anata Dake ni" was featured in the Kongetsu no Uta segment on the radio station Young Town. Because of this, the song became a hit among students, and tapes of the song were subsequently released for general radio broadcasting on August 1st as an official single.
In 1968, Sugita Jiro participated in the 3rd Kansai Folk Camp in Kyoto from August 9-11, where he sang "Anata Dake ni" with Ochi Yuuji. Later that year in October, the two of them formed the folk group Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz alongside Hashida Norihiko and Inoue Hiroshi. At the same time, JIROS was disbanded so that Sugita Jiro could focus on his new group, and Daijiro Shiomi and Tetsujiro Hosohara could focus on solo activities.
On March 31, Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz member Inoue Hiroshi died. The group decided on disbandment following his death, and released four final singles simultaneously on May 5. Afterwards, the group officially disbanded in June when they finally released their LP "Tenchi Souzou", which was previously postponed with Inoue Hiroshi's death.
On August 23, "Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi" was first performed at the Osaka Expo. Written by Kitayama Osamu and composed by Sugita Jiro, it was released as a single by Zen Nihon Amateur Folk Singers on November 5. The song would later be released in February 1971 with a reformed JIROS, this time with Sugita Jiro and Morishita Yoshinobu as members. "Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi" would become JIROS' most famous song, winning an award for best lyrics at the 13th Japan Record Awards.
In 1972, JIROS disbanded once more. Afterwards, Sugita Jiro officially became a solo singer-songwriter. Among his greatest hits as a solo artist in the 70's are the songs "Otoko Doushi" released in September 1975, "Yatsugatake" released in February 1978, and Freddie Aguila cover song "ANAK (Musuko)" in September 1978.
In May 1986, his song "Saikai" was released and became a long seller. It would go on to win an award at the following Japan Cable Awards. Three years later in April 1989, Sugita Jiro released the CM tie-up song "Summer Song for you."
In 1991, Sugita Jiro collaborated with Yoshida Tadashi and released the album "Love Letter ~Sugita Jiro Yoshida Tadashi wo Utau~." The album consisted of 10 songs selected from 2000 of Yoshida's composed songs. The following year in 1992, Sugita Jiro won the project award at that year's Japan Record Awards for his legacy and reputation as a well-loved and well established singer-songwriter in the industry.
In May 2007, Sugita Jiro held a concert in honor of the 60th anniversary of his debut in the industry, and invited 20 other folk singers as guests at the concert.
In 2012, Sugita Jiro and his favorite lyricist Kitayama Osamu celebrated the 45th anniversary of Sugita Jiro's solo debut with the "Sugita Jiro Kitayama Osamu wo Utau ~Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi e~" concert held on April 8. A few days later on April 11, Sugita Jiro released a 45th anniversary album where he re-recorded all of the songs that he worked on with Kitayama Osamu.
- Name: Sugita Jiro (杉田二郎)
- Birthdate: November 2, 1946
- Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Western Zodiac: Scorpio
- Eastern Zodiac: Dog
- JIROS (1967-1968; 1970-1972; 2013-present)
- Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz (1968-1970)
- Brothers 5 (2014-present)
- [1972.10.05] Apartment 1109 (アパートメント 1109)
- [1973.11.05] Tabidatsu Hito (旅立つ彼（ひと）)
- [1974.05.05] Mutai (夢袋)
- [1974.09.05] Nagai Tabi no Hajimaru Mae ni ~Sugita Jiro Live in Concert~ (長い旅のはじまる前に ～杉田二郎 ライブ・イン・コンサート～)
- [1975.10.05] Daimei no Nai Ai no Uta (題名のない愛の唄)
- [1976.11.05] Zen'ya (前夜)
- [1978.07.05] (Seishun wa) Marude Eiga no You ni (（青春は）まるで映画のように)
- [1979.06.05] GOOD NEWS
- [1980.07.05] Yasashisa wa Zankoku (やさしさは残酷)
- [1980.10.05] Chikyuu Domannaka (地球どまんなか)
- [1981.06.05] Sugita Jiro Live Zenkoku 138 Kei Uta Matsuri Concert (杉田二郎ライブ/全国138景歌祭りコンサート)
- [1982.11.21] Niji no Message (虹のメッセージ)
- [1983.07.21] Melody Basket
- [1984.02.21] BRIGHT
- [1987.03.28] Saikai ~Love Ballad Selection~ (再会 ～Love Ballad Selection～)
- [1988.05.05] Lady
- [1988.08.25] Saikai (再会)
- [1989.06.25] Summer Song for you (サマーソング for you)
- [1991.05.01] Love Letter ~Sugita Jiro Yoshida Tadashi wo Utau~ (Love Letter ～杉田二郎 吉田正を歌う～)
- [1994.10.01] The Best Sugita Jiro ~Fuzoroi no Jinsei~ (ザ・ベスト 杉田二郎 ～ふぞろいの人生～)
- [1998.11.01] Sugita Jiro 30 Shuunen Kinen Concert <Kizuna> ~Kitayama Osamu Sakuhin wo Utau~ (杉田二郎30周年記念コンサート《絆》～きたやまおさむ作品を唄う～)
- [2000.01.15] Sugita Jiro Birthday Concert '99 Live <Inori> (杉田二郎 Birthday Concert ’99ライブ《祈り》)
- [2001.07.20] Ba. Ba. Lu de Jiro
- [2004.05.25] Re・Cover
- [2012.04.11] Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi e (戦争を知らない子供たちへ)
- [2016.11.02] Yawarakai Kokoro (やわらかい心)
- [1971.03.05] JIROS Toujou Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi (ジローズ登場 戦争を知らない子供たち)
- [1971.08.05] JIROS2 Atarashii Uta (ジローズ2 新しい唄)
- [1972.03.05] JIROS3 Saigo no Uta (ジローズ3 最後の唄)
- [1972.06.05] JIROS Sayonara Concert (ジローズ・さよならコンサート)
- Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz
- [1969.06.10] Mikansei (未完成)
- [1969.11] Schubertz Recital (しゅうべるつ・りさいたる)
- [1970.06] Tenchi Souzou (天地創造)
- [1970.08.05] Sayonara Recital (さよならリサイタル)
- [1968.04.05] Anata Dake ni / My Heart (あなただけに ／ マイ・ハート) (Amateur single)
- [1971.02.05] Sensou wo Shiranai Kodomo-tachi / Ai to Anata no Tame ni (戦争を知らない子供たち/愛とあなたのために)
- [1971.06.05] Seishun no Wakare Michi / Kagami no Naka (青春のわかれ道/鏡の中)
- [1971.09.05] Namida wa Ashita ni / Aki no Omoide (涙は明日に/秋の思い出)
- [1972.01.01] Kodomo-tachi ni Kikaseru Uta / Sariyuku Koibito (子供たちに聞かせる唄/去り行く恋人)
- [1972.03.05] Kokoro ni Yuuki wo / Fuyu no Machi (心に勇気を/冬の街)
- Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz
- [1969.01.10] Kaze / Nani mo Iwazu ni (風/何もいわずに)
- [1969.06.01] Sasurai-nin no Komori Uta / Yuuhi yo Oyasumi (さすらい人の子守唄/夕陽よおやすみ)
- [1969.10.21] Asahi no Mae ni / Sayonara (朝陽のまえに/さよなら)
- [1970.03.05] Shiroi Tori ni Notte / Nishi no Sora ni Shizumu Taiyou (白い鳥にのって/西の空に沈む太陽)
- [1970.05.25] Yume no Onna / Yuuhi ni Kieta Koi (夢の女/夕陽に消えた恋) (as Inoue Hiroshi to Schubertz)
- [1970.05.25] Kame no Yuigon/ Ameagari wo Hitori de (カメの遺言/雨上がりをひとりで) (as Ochi Yuuji to Schubertz)
- [1970.05.25] Ai no Sekai / Anata Dake ni (愛の世界/あなただけに) (as Sugita Jiro to Schubertz)
- [1970.05.25] Hitoribocchi no Tabi / Suna no Shiro (一人ぼっちの旅/砂の城) (as Hashida Norihiko to Schubertz)