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This poster for concerts February 14 -16, 1969 at the Avalon was designed by Gilbert Shelton and R. Crumb. I've jumped way ahead in time, brought in two new players, but it's a concert on Valentine's Day... The acts were Big Momma Thornton, Country Weather, and It's a Beautiful Day, none of which shout "Juke Box!" to me, but I gave you Big Momma last week, and how often does a juke box pop up on acid rock posters?

Years ago... no, really, years and years, if you went to a bar or restaurant, there were machines that played music called juke boxes. And it is indeed ‘juke’, not ‘jute’… These machines would either be small and sit on your table (or counter, in a luncheonette), or large and stand against the wall, often with teenagers leaning on them. You inserted a coin, chose a song from the offerings, and sat down while other patrons judged your musical taste. “Not F17 again”, they’d moan.

Juke boxes were profitable for businesses that had them, keeping customers entertained while they socialized and spent more money. For places that couldn’t afford a live band, they were an economical alternative.

Jukeboxes were most popular from the 1940s through the mid '60s, peaking in popularity in the 1950s. By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes.

It's possible your parents swayed to a song on the jukebox, fell in love, and here you are... respect the 'box! With that thought on Valentine's Day, please listen to the first clip. Gene Pitney, incidentally, born on February 17, 1940, sums it up. Much more romantic than earbuds and an ipod...

“If I Didn’t Have A Dime” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZqquTZBcts

“Juke Box Hero” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr6KVNt-1Ek

Jukebox Music” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqc0F3Ear9M

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msbonne

As we have learned, WD40.

morepiecesplz

I had a pachinko - the balls got rusty...

msbonne

I had a pinball machine for years (maybe 25 years). It was an older type with the analog wheels for scoring. My favorite machine was called Funhouse. Very high tech and lots of targets.

Returner

Oh, good.

morepiecesplz

You make it sound like a black and white tv... but you also gave me an idea for a puzzle tomorrow...

Returner

I remember pinball machines. There was one in a laundromat in my hometown.

morepiecesplz

All kidding aside, there is still a lot of old tech out there. I'm sure smaller towns and 'establishments of a certain type' still have pinball machines (look it up), and I'm sure there are areas that have jukeboxes. I still have a landline - when a storm hits, cell towers go down easy... sounds like a country song. Vinyl is still around and you can find a turntable easier today than in the 90s. Yeah retro!

Returner

I wouldn't know even where do find a jukebox, not to mention friends. :-)

msbonne

No friends?

Returner

Cool! I'd like some jukebox music. But I'd want to be sitting in a booth with friends & that's not going to happen.

msbonne

BTW, that Kinks album is a true classic.

msbonne

I love this one.