National Jukebox Day

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2023 DateNovember 22, 2023
2024 DateNovember 27, 2024

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National Jukebox Day is observed to pay tribute to the iconic music-playing device, the jukebox, and its unique role in history and pop culture. The day is dedicated to bringing back memories of songs that have had lasting impacts, encouraging music lovers to dig deep in their musical knowledge, and even perhaps learn about a new genre discovered on a jukebox.

The jukebox, first introduced in the 1890s, was a significant cultural phenomenon in the mid-20th century. The jukebox enabled users to select and play their preferred songs from a self-contained unit. Its popularity soared in the 1940s and 1950s during the swing and rock 'n' roll eras, becoming a staple in bars, diners, and dance halls, effectively democratizing the music-listening experience.

National Jukebox Day serves as a reminder of how these machines transformed the music industry and even shaped social interactions, with people gathering around the musical hub, engaging in conversations, and making memories. National Jukebox Day is celebrated on the day before Thanksgiving, taking place on November 22nd, 2023.

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National Jukebox Day facts

  • In 1889, Louis Glass and William S. Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph. By inserting a coin, listeners could turn a crank that would wind a motor, thus producing sound. As amplification hadn’t been invented yet, listeners would use tubes to hear the music.
  • The first digital jukebox was introduced by Touchtunes in 1998. Users could choose from a library of 750 songs.
  • Rock-Ola is the last factory in the U.S that still produces jukeboxes.
  • The name "Jukebox" originates from the early 20th-century slang "juke joint", which referred to a place where people gathered to dance, drink, and listen to music.

Top things to do for National Jukebox Day

  • Head to a bar to discover a jukebox near you. Enjoy the progression of jukeboxs and experience the atmosphere they can create.
  • Purchase your own jukebox. If you're into collecting, it can be a great novelty item.
  • Many retro-themed diners and restaurants still have functioning jukeboxes. Celebrate National Jukebox Day by enjoying a meal while playing your favorite tunes on a vintage jukebox.
  • Dive into the history of jukeboxes. Read up on their evolution, the impact they had on society, and the music industry.

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