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Japanese rock band Yokohama Ginbae leader dies at 67

Yoshiyuki Ran, front right, the leader of the Japanese rock band Yokohama Ginbae, talks with then Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, front left, during a gathering with artists and cultural figures held at the prime minister's office in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on May 16, 1983. (Mainichi/Taro Nakamura)

Yoshiyuki Ran, the leader and drummer of the veteran rock band Yokohama Ginbae, died of pneumonia on July 4. He was 67.

    The funeral service for Ran, whose real name is Yoshiyuki Tamiya, was held for close relatives only.

    Yokohama Ginbae debuted in 1980 with the single "Yokosuka Baby," and grew wildly popular for its signature "delinquent lads" image. Their greatest hits include "Tsuppari High School Rock'n Roll," released in 1981.


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