[Ads-l] Antedating of "Karaoke"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 6 02:24:21 UTC 2015

karaoke (OED 1979)

1977 _Japan Times_ 8 Nov. 2/3 (Japan Times Archives)  Businessmen taking their cue from the Japanese predilection to break into song after having a few drinks have built up a booming trade in "karaoke" musical backup tape sets.

Fred Shapiro

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