The Rogue Speaks:
Alphabe-Thursday is always a lot of fun for me. I try my best to come up with something that no one else has thought of, but I don't always succeed. "J" is kind of a toughie. I thought long and hard, and then I realized that the perfect "J" word was right in front of me all the time!!
In 1889, one of the first "nickel in the slot" machines appeared in the Paris Royal Saloon in San Francisco. This creation of Louis Glass and William Arnold was made using an Edison phonograph in an oak cabinet. It was fitted with a coin mechanism, and the jukebox was born!
Unveiling of the first "nickel in the slot" machine in 1889
The now almost universal name for the juke box came out of the southeastern U.S. coast. A juke (also spelled "jook")is an African American word meaning a roadside tavern or bar that sells cheap drinks, food, and has dancing. "jukin'" meant to dance close in a very suggestive way--a lot of hip movement (grinding).
"Jukin'" at the juke joint!
In 1927, the Autmoatic Musical Instrument Company came out with their coin-operated record player. Juke joints couldn't always afford bands, so this jukebox was certainly the ticket for them!!
What would we do without neon? It made the jukebox a sight to behold! All those bright colors, and that sound the coin made when droped into the slot was a fascination for every one for many years. We got to choose our songs by punching a letter and a number on the "keyboard."
Rockola brand jukebox
Jukeboxes have changed a lot over the years, and now everyone who has a computer can own their very own jukebox! I have two! My latest can be found at the top of my right sidebar. Its name is Grooveshark, and I learned about it from Sue, at Sue's News, Views 'n Muse. I even put an oldie on it for your listening enjoyment! Check it out!! I'm sure it will bring back memories for some of you, and you don't have to have a nickel to listen to the song!
Next week's letter is "K," another challenging letter to be sure! I hope you'll come back to see what I come up with!!