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“turn the jukebox way down low . . .”

Long before the jukebox was known as such, a coin-slot phonograph was used for playing music. That “coin-slot” phonograph could only play a song for about 2 minutes. It was later replaced by some of the original models. Hence, these models could play much music through the use of vinyl gramophone records. Jukebox is a word that comes from “jook”. This is a slang term for a dance which was popular in the 20th century. The first common jargon employing the word was “jook joint”. These so called jook joints were casual public houses.

The first jukeboxes used 78 rpm records until 1950. It was in 1950 when the 45 rpm was released. It became the standard for years until digital music and compact disk came.


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Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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