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April 14 – 20 has been designated National Karaoke Week in honor of this popular form of entertainment. Sing along with Tidbits as we learn about karaoke! • Back in the early 1960s, NBC television broadcast the series “Sing Along with Mitch,” a karaoke-like program that offered home audience participation by superimposing a song’s lyrics at the bottom of the screen. Viewers were invited to “follow the bouncing ball,” as a little white ball led would-be singers through the lyrics. • In 1971, a Japanese musician named Daisuke Inoue developed the basic idea of karaoke. Inoue led a band that provided back-up music in clubs where wannabe singers took the stage. When a certain businessman asked Inoue to provide music for the man’s business trip, instead, the musician handed over a reel of taped accompaniment for several songs.

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• When the businessman came back to him a few days later asking for more songs, Inoue realized the potential of such a concept, and asked the man to help him create eleven “Juke 8s,” a machine made up of an amplifier, microphone, coin box, and eight-track car stereo. • It took two months for the machines to be completed, at a cost of $425 each. They were called karaoke machines, translating from Japanese “kara,” meaning “empty,” and “oke,” for “orchestra.” First used in clubs in Osaka, Japan, the machines were an instant hit, and a year later, Inoue’s company had created 25,000 of them. The popularity spread to Tokyo, then throughout Japan, Asia, and eventually to the world.


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