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Voice Hero: The Inventor of Karaoke Speaks
By Daisuke Inoue and Robert Scott
Published December 3, 2013

Daisuke Inoue with his famous invention. Courtesy of Daisuke Inoue

It’s one a.m. The bar is closing but the night isn’t over yet. While milling about on the sidewalk, a friend suggests, ‘Karaoke?’ And suddenly the night gets a lot brighter—and a little more embarrassing.

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By Dan Zak, Published: August 8

The cabbie idles up to the curb outside Whitlow’s in Clarendon, rolls down his window and punches a number into his microphone.

The synthesized piano chords of “Faithfully” crackle over an FM signal on his radio.

(Dan Zak/THE WASHINGTON POST) - Joel Laguidao, 42, sings karaoke in his cab at night when he needs a break or wants to relax.

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Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord

Jes Aznar for The New York Times

Rodolfo Gregorio, right, at a General Santos karaoke bar. Filipinos, who pride themselves on their singing, may have a lower tolerance for bad singers.
Published: February 6, 2010

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Daisuke Inoue
Born May 10, 1940 in Osaka
1970 Forms musical band with six colleagues and begins playing at bars in Kobe
1971 Leases the first set of karaoke machines to nightspots in Kobe. Despite invention's popularity, makes little profit since he fails to patent the machine
1996 Karaoke now a $10 billion-a-year business
1999 To celebrate his 59th birthday, uses his invention for the first time