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Hideki Saijo, a singer popular in Asia and best known for his cover song of the megahit “Y.M.C.A.,” died of acute heart failure Wednesday, his office said. He was 63.

The television celebrity took the Japanese music industry by storm in the 1970s and 1980s, rolling out hits including 1979’s “Young Man,” the Japanese version of U.S. disco group Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” and “Kizudarake no Lola” (Scarred Lola) in 1974.

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