In the 80's, karaoke came in and became a huge factor in dialing back live bands, duos, or singles. Let the crowd be the show.

Oh yeah Marc! I remember the decrease in band gigs then. Even the 70s, venues were starting to use DJs instead of bands. Hire one DJ to hype the crowd up and pump-out music. Much cheaper than hiring a band. I also noticed starting in the late 70s, duos and single acts were replacing 4 & 5 piece bands. The Music business has always been a changing phenomenon. Well, maybe not a phenomenon, its all about cost efficiency and profits. Personally, Id prefer those Tin Pan Alley days ha, ha.

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