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Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as the opening act for the Beatles’ concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said Monday. He died Sunday morning at 79.

The native of Hyogo Prefecture was regarded as a key figure in spreading rock ‘n’ roll music in the nation, as both a performer and a producer of music festivals.

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