Garo was a '70s threepiece acoustic Japanese Rock group. The band was composed of Mark Horiuchi (1949-2014), Tommy Hidaka (1950-1986) and Masumi 'Vocal' Ohno (b. 1949). They recorded with Columbia and had a few chart hits, including no. 1 'Gakuseigai-no-Kissaten' in 1973. Subsequent singles also reached the top of the Japanese Oricon chart.
Garo formed in 1970 and was the first Japanese acoustic rock band to enter the Japanese charts. Their harmony vocals and acoustic guitar playing, which were heavily influenced by the style of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, became a phenomenon in Japan 1973/74.
Musical differences broke up the band in December 1975. A retrospective 11 CD/DVD box set of the band entitled 'GARO BOX' (NO.JP0604-01) was released from Sony Music Entertainment Japan on 30 November 2006.
Past members Mark Horiuchi, Tommy Hidaka, Masumi 'Vocal' Ohno