History of karaoke

  • The word karaoke comes from the fusion of two Japanese words: kara, meaning "empty," and oke, meaning "orchestra."
  • In Japan, there has always been common to provide musical entertainment at adult parties and dinners.
  • In the early 1970s Japonese drummer Daisuke Inoue performed frequently in the famous Utagoe Kissa where he was asked by frequent guests to provide a recording of his performance so that they could sing at anytime.
    Realizing the potential for the market, Inoue made a tape recorder that played a song for a 100 yen coin (1 $US).
    The first karaoke machine was born!
  • AudioSynTrac and Numark Electronics were the first companies that combined to offer sing-along tapes and audio equipment to the rest of the world.
    Karaoke machines were initially placed in restaurants and hotel rooms; soon, new businesses called karaoke boxes, with compartmented rooms, became popular.
    After becoming popular in Japan, karaoke spread to East and Southeast Asia during the 1980s and subsequently to other parts of the world.
  • Inoue later earned the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for his invention of karaoke, as it was seen as a new way to have people come together and have fun.