Listening to music these days often involves headphones, but it wasn’t always a solitary activity. Take the jukebox. You’d put a coin into the machine, select a song, and then punch a button with a letter and a number on it. Then you – and everyone else nearby – would listen as the machine played your selection from a vinyl record.
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This music machine was introduced 125 years ago at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco. On November 23, 1889, Louis Glass and his partner first displayed their machine there. While this saloon only survived one year after that, the machine was a sensation, resulting in several orders for more.
Moving to the music
By 1940, the machine was being referred to as a jukebox. The word juke probably used to mean rowdy, as in the way people might dance to music with a strong beat. And places that played such music in the American South were called juke joints.
From the 1940s to the 1960s, you could find a jukebox in almost every soda shop or saloon in America. Although jukeboxes are antiques now, they helped give generations an affordable way to experience music together.
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