National Jukebox Day
When is National Jukebox Day? This holiday is observed on the day before Thanksgiving
On November 23, 1889, the jukebox was first put into use. The machine used a coin-operated version of the Edison phonograph. Louis Glass and William S. Arnold, managers of the Pacific Phonograph Company created it. These gentlemen displayed it at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, CA. Certain it was to be a success, the machine did not disappoint them. It was originally called the “Nickel in the Slot” machine. While not an original or particularly catchy name, the jukebox was an instant success. The popularity of the “Nickel in the Slot” machine grew phenomenally.
The jukebox experienced many changes and improvements, as technology advanced over the years. The first machine did not have amplifiers, limiting the distance it could be heard. Its appeal soared even more with the addition of amplifiers. Continual sound quality improvements were made. The number of tunes that could be played, increased, too. Manufacturers made smaller versions to install on walls. Diners put a wall-mounted jukebox at every table along the walls.
Everyone loved the machine. It expanded the reach of music for singers and songwriters. Venues like bars, restaurants, and clubs loved the additional traffic and income generated by the jukebox. The general public loved the music options it offered at their favorite places. It took many years before the Nickel in the Slot machine came to be known as the Jukebox. In the 1900s, people went to “juke houses” and “jook joints”. In 1937, these Juke houses led to the name “Jukebox”. The name is derived from the slang word “Juke” which means to dance and act wildly. In 1998, the Jukebox entered the digital world when Touch Toons created a digital jukebox that can hold as many as 750 songs.
Jukebox Long-Lasting Appeal
Jukeboxes carry such a big appeal, that they are still popular today. Consumers can get home versions and nostalgia versions that play a variety of music formats, including vinyl records, AM/FM radio, CDs, and cassette tapes.
It’s fascinating that Jukeboxes have remained popular for over 120 years. Audio music players have come and gone. Media formats continue to change. The versatile Jukebox machine has adapted and evolved over the decades, to keep in pace with these changes. This versatility, coupled with the nostalgic appeal, is why jukeboxes are still around today. We are certain they will still be around for decades to come.
How to Celebrate National Jukebox Day
It doesn’t require any imagination to figure out how to celebrate National Jukebox Day. Find a venue that has a jukebox. Grab a few friends and go have some fun! You will find the day filled with singing wild dancing and lots of laughter, producing long-lasting memories.
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History and Origin of National Jukebox Day
National Jukebox Day was first celebrated in 2017. It was created by Touch Tunes to celebrate the iconic Jukebox and its impact on the entertainment and recording industries. Touch Tunes is a leading music and interactive entertainment network company.
This relatively new special day is called a “National” day. However, we did not find a congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day.
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