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Issue #081 - November 30, 2019
The November newsletter is dedicated to my favorite music player, the original jukebox, returning us to a sense of nostalgia, reminiscing, and creating new memories, among other things. It is also the month that celebrates National Jukebox Day, which falls each year the day before Thanksgiving.
Here's how I determine the songs I write about. I simply listen to the Jukebox In My Mind....It plays all my favorite memories, and is now online for your review.
Reading through "Spinning The Groove," a book by my friend, Randy McNutt, I came across his listing of the Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox, manufactured in 1946 and 1947. Reading Randy's Jukebox article gave me the idea for the November newsletter. I immediately thought of the Patsy Cline song "Crazy." Why? Because on her story page she is singing the song on a Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox.
TouchTunes founded National Jukebox Day to celebrate the iconic jukebox and the powerful memories it evokes in people. TouchTunes, the largest interactive music and entertainment network in over 65,000 bars and restaurants nationwide have officially declared the day before Thanksgiving to be National Jukebox Day.
Let’s take a stroll down Jukebox memory lane, shall we?
From early childhood I've always been fascinated by Jukeboxes. Maybe it's the drop of the coins.
It became the theme for my stories and over the years it has been easy to get pleasantly lost in one's thoughts. I have finished the page and it is online for your review. Read my jukebox story...
The American made Jukebox. It was found almost anyplace people gathered to eat or drink - in soda shops and pizza parlors, diners, restaurants, and truck stops. For a nickel, then a dime and finally a quarter, people could play if they were willing to pay.
Those days have since passed. Over the years beset by rising costs, declining profits, video games and especially digital music, the coin-operated music machine, or jukebox, may soon be a distant melody. The modern day digital jukeboxes are eroding the corner-bar experience.
Low key corner bars are romantic just like old pickup trucks are romantic, cherished as a symbol for a certain way of life along with the brightly colored Jukebox in the corner. On the other hand, the fight to control the playlist on a current digital jukebox is a struggle between the group’s happiness and the individual’s.
With the older jukebox models, selection was limited but in tune with the character of a place. Certain music fit in with certain bars, especially the neighborhood bar. You actually had to stand up, walk over (or stagger) to the Jukebox to select your favorites. And as teenagers, how many dates were made at the malt shops when duck-tails and poni-tails would gather around the jukebox waiting to make a selection.
With digital apps and music, like TouchTunes, every bar's jukebox is becoming the same. You can just sit at your table and order music by phone.
The jukebox had flourished in the 1930s—in the depths of the Depression, and at a nickel a play, it was the next best thing to free entertainment. By 1940 Americans were dropping five million nickels a day into the nation’s 250,000 jukeboxes, which were located not just in bars and diners but, airport waiting rooms, bus stations, beauty parlors, rest rooms, hotel lobbies, passenger liners and excursion boats.
By February 1946, the first year for the Wurlitzer model 1015, there was no such thing as a quiet saloon or eatery because of a loud and brightly colored cabinet that stands in the corner. This is the Jukebox. It made every beanery a poor man’s night club.
When war-time material production controls came off in 1946, designer Paul Fuller of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, came up with the most beautiful jukebox he, or anyone else, had ever designed.
Fuller broke away from the boxy lines of the 1930's. The 1015 was simply gorgeous. The arching side, top, and center tubes were fabricated of formed plastic. The trim was bright chrome and molded plastic, fire-engine red. One Juke Box dealer describes the 1015 as the “most animated” jukebox ever made, and indeed, even when it wasn’t playing, the long bubble tubes made the machine seem to move. These may have been Fuller’s greatest touch. The tubes were filled with a chemical selected for its low boiling point, and small heaters were attached at the bottoms.
In 1946 and 1947—a time when the average manufacturing run for a new jukebox was 10,000—Wurlitzer shipped 56,246 of the 1015s. The 1015 was indeed, the perfect machine for a war-weary nation that wanted to dance into the future.
You can click on the four arrows at the bottom right of each video to obtain a full screen view of the video.
Is the song "Crazy" the best jukebox song ever? Read more...
Like to know the background to the "What's Your Name" story? Read more...
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. A few of my favorite Christmas videos will be on hand for December.
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This must-needed dictionary will help you understand the old recording industry. Bubblegum music, cherry pie, album cover art, ride a record, and other forgotten terms are revealed in "Spinning the Groove," the big book of old record business lingo, lore, legends, and trivia for vinyl lovers, record producers, and disc jockeys.
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