The History of the Karaoke Machine..(You’ll be surprised)

Maybe you guys know this already, but I didn’t and I just found out today hehe

1971: Development in Japan

There are various disputes about who first invented the name Karaoke. One claim is that the karaoke styled machine was invented by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan, in 1971.[3][4] After becoming popular in Japan, karaoke spread to East and Southeast Asia during the 1980s and subsequently to other parts of the world.

In Japan, it has long been common to provide musical entertainment at a dinner or a party. Japanese drummer Daisuke Inoue was asked by frequent guests in the Utagoe Kissa, where he performed, to provide a recording of his performance so that they could sing along on a company-sponsored vacation. Realizing the potential for the market, Inoue made a tape recorder that played a song for a 100-yen coin.

Instead of giving his karaoke machines away, Inoue leased them out so that stores did not have to buy new songs on their own. Originally, it was considered a somewhat expensive fad, as it lacked the live atmosphere of a real performance and 500 yen in the 1970s was the price of two typical lunches, but it caught on as a popular entertainment. Karaoke machines were initially placed in restaurants and hotel rooms; soon, new businesses called karaoke boxes, with compartmented rooms, became popular. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, “thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other.”

1980s: Filipino patent

Inoue never bothered to  patent his invention, losing his chance to become one of Japan’s richest men. Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino inventor who developed a sing along system in 1975 and patented it in the 1980s called his sing-along system “Minus-One”, now holds the patent for the device now commonly known as the “karaoke machine”. The spread of “Minus-One” music would have been attributed to a few Filipinos who brought with them their music wherever they go and a few went to Japan as entertainers during the early part of this decade. Following a court battle with a Japanese company which claimed to have invented the system, del Rosario’s patents were issued in 1983 and 1986, a decade after the device was supposedly invented.

-Wikipedia

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2 Responses to “The History of the Karaoke Machine..(You’ll be surprised)”


  1. 1 sing karaoke online September 27, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I am really surprised as u say. great history.

  2. 2 sing online September 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Karaoke machine is very useful for Dj’s. I am using one.


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