'My Way' a dangerous song in Philippines

Feb. 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Singing the U.S. hit "My Way" in a karaoke bar in the Philippines can result in death as part of a troubling trend across the country, authorities say.

The New York Times said Sunday while authorities do not have a definitive number of murder or assault cases involving individuals who sang the Frank Sinatra hit, at least six victims were reported by the media during the last decade alone.

Rodolfo Gregorio of the city of General Santos said while he enjoy singing karaoke, "My Way" remains one song he will never again attempt in public.

"I used to like 'My Way,' but after all the trouble, I stopped singing it," he said. "You can get killed."

The Times said the "My Way" crimes are not the first time violence was linked with karaoke.

Within the last two years, eight people were killed by a man in Thailand because they sang "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Elsewhere, a Malaysian man died of stab wounds suffered in a clash over a microphone at a bar and a man was punched in Seattle because a woman did not enjoy his rendition of the song "Yellow" by Coldplay.

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