November 23 – First Jukebox!

Posted on November 23, 2016

Put in your coin! Make your selection! Now rock, hop, dance, prance!

From a large machine
with 1 to 8 records (each
with its own turntable!)
to a teeny-tiny machine
with half a million songs!
A jukebox is a really, really, really old-fashioned version of an iPod – a machine that has stored in it some great tunes and a way for people to choose when to play -- and which tunes to play.

Of course, a jukebox is a heck of a lot bigger than an iPod!

Which you can understand when you realize that the musical technology of a jukebox is records and turntables!

On this date in 1889, the very first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco!

I always think of a jukebox as a big, shiny machine with speakers, something that sends music out to a diner or “gin joint,” hopefully getting even those who aren't dancing to tapping their toes...

But the very first jukebox was a lot less dancing-friendly. The listeners had to stand near the machine and listen through stethoscope-like tubes! The tubes operated individually – each listener had to put a nickel in the slot in order to be able to hear the tune.

There were towels there so that customers could wipe off the end of the tubes after listening!

The fellow who installed this marvel was named Louis Glass, and he called the big, cumbersome music player a big, cumbersome name: nickel-in-the-slot player.

And although big and cumbersome, the nickel-in-the-slot player became an instant success. Soon its popularity spread all around the world!

Also on this date:

Plan ahead:

Check out my Pinterest boards for:

And here are my Pinterest boards for:

No comments:

Post a Comment