The Tune Wreckers

Lousy singers make a pitch for scientific relevance

By Bruce Bower, 14:00 PM September 23, 2013

Strange things happen when bad singers perform in public.

 

Comedienne Roseanne Barr was widely vilified in 1990 after she screeched the national anthem at a major league baseball game. College student William Hung earned worldwide fame and a recording contract in 2004 with a tuneless version of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on American Idol. Several singers at karaoke bars in the Philippines have been shot to death by offended spectators for mangling the melody of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way...

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