Does anyone have any Jukebox memories they'd like to share?

I used to work at a pizza shop with a jukebox that held 45's and the volume could be controlled behind the counter. When there were no customers I used to crank it up and it sounded so damn good. It cost 10 cents for one play, 3 plays for a quarter, and 7 plays for a halve dollar! I think I spent half the money I made on that jukebox.

The guy used to come in once a week to change the records so I would look through his new selections and suggest which ones to put in the machine and which ones to remove. It was like having my own personal jukebox!

Jukeboxes used to get the record releases before they hit the stores back then.

It looked something like this:

BQ - Do you know anyplace that still has a jukebox you can play?

Whenever I rarely see one somewhere I HAVE to play it, lol.


AtS- Abraxas; Sounds like a fun pub!

8 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    My older brother's mother-in-law once owned a delicatessen in Arizona. It had an oddly shaped dining area, and I remember when they were in there repainting, after they had bought it, she turned to her husband and said, "Father, we need to find an old juke for that corner. I'll paint, you shop." And would you believe it, there was one listed in the classifieds--he went down and picked it up the next day!

    They quickly realized two things: the old 45s that were in it were so much melted ick; and they didn't know enough about music to handle filling it themselves. They contacted a company that serviced jukeboxes, and a man came out every week and changed the music around. I remember her explaining to us that the company's policy was that each jukebox they serviced had to have the top 25 from that week's Billboard in it, and when a song rotated out of that list, the technician would look at the record carefully, and if it was still getting a lot of play, they'd leave it there for a while. The rest of the box was filled from a preselected list of the owner's choosing (i.e. rock, country, pop, etc...) and if the owner didn't like a certain song on the list, they could have it removed the following week when the man came to service it.

    The music was one song for a dime, and three for a quarter, and they had a special slug they kept in the cash register that allowed you to pick as many songs as you wanted to for free. The songs would keep playing until someone fed real money in. They held their grand opening in March of 1979, when I was 11, and I've linked the song I listened to endlessly. My sister-in-law had just had a baby, and my mom took me out of school for six weeks because she wanted to be down there to help out. I ate lunch nearly every day at that deli, and I played the same song so much that the guy who serviced the box finally mentioned it to the owner. My brother got embarrassed that I was playing the same song over and over on the slug (I figured who cares! we were the only ones in there in the afternoons before the nearby high school let out) and started carrying around a roll of quarters so he could feed my habit. I think he figured since we were getting our food for free, I might as well pay for that music.

    The last time I listened to that jukebox was the summer when I was 17--I was in Phoenix visiting for a week, and they had sold the deli, which was going to be razed to make room for a big box store. When I walked in, she handed me that slug, and said, "I think you'll find that your song is still on there--I never let them take it off, since I figure you paid for it when you were a little girl." And it was there, along with all the New Wave, and the Hair Bands ;)

    My brother died a long time ago, and his mother-in-law died earlier this year, but I have really fond memories of eating pastrami sandwiches (extra potato chips, but no pickle on the side) and listening to my song while yakking with my brother. He was a sweetie--he listened to that song endlessly with me, and he never, ever complained. And yeah, I still love it.

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  • Lucy
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    9 years ago

    When I was about five or so my Grandma would give me and my big brother a little change to go down the street to a place called Bob's Diner to have a coke and play songs on the jukebox. I also remember diners that had the little ones at the table and begging my Mom for money to play it.

    BA: The American Legion in my town still has one. If someone knocks a ball off the pool table the bartender shouts "dollar for the jukebox".

  • 9 years ago

    Many years ago, around 8 of us used to take a break from smoking and go to a Pub about 2 miles away every Friday to get pi**ed. We spent a fortune on that Jukebox, and when they used to change the 45s the Landlady used to keep them for us- around 10p/15 cents(?) each. The thing was, there wasn't the "plastic bit" in the middle, but you could pick them up for nothing at a specialist shop anyway. Happy Days!

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    BQ: There are 2 Pubs in Town that still have them, but obviously CD format. However, if you came to visit, I would only take you in there if you were well over 6 1/2 feet, build like the proverbial sh*te house, and carrying an Uzi 9mm!!!!

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  • 9 years ago

    There used to be an old fashioned "trailer" style diner in a town near where I lived. Each booth had its own small jukebox mounted on the wall which was extremely cool.

    Here's a picture of something similar.

    I love jukeboxes and it's always a real treat for me now to go somewhere that still has one. Some friends I used to have purchased an old one with 50's and 60's music in it and had it in their basement along with a pinball machine. Great stuff.

    BA: A couple of dive bars, and the old Moose lodge where some of my buddies shoot pool.

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  • 9 years ago

    We used to have one like that in our high school hall way and in commons class. And at the local pizza shops :).

    The jukebox in school was limited to 3 plays of the same song in a row - thanks to Led Zep's Black Dog, the teachers got sick of hearing it all day when it first came out :).

    Ours went from .25 cents to .50 cents a play (outrage!) while I was in high school. After that I don't remember - I think some are still 3 for $1.00.

    We sell a few of the center spiders or "thingy's" in our thrift shop. 45's are sold only for decorations mostly. We do sell a fair share of albums, I was quite surprised at how many collect it.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    i just went to a nursing home last week that has a killer jukebox. really. i costs 50 cents a song and 3 for a buck. everything from 30's, to country, to rock, to metal.

    some bars around have them. johnny rockets has them on the tables, but i think they control the play list. the diner down the block has them, but i have not been in there in years.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    If anyone is familiar with Waffle House, they used to have jukeboxes in them, and in our drunken stupor we always thought it was funny to play the cheesy Waffle House themed songs when we'd eat there at 3AM after the bars shut down.

    BQ- Only electronic ones in bars, which are a total rip-off!! To buy a song that's not one of the "hits" it docks you an 2 extra credits.

  • 9 years ago

    i see cd ones all the time, and increasingly digital ones that have some sort of online connection to a large database of music, but i cant recall the last time i saw one that played 45s.

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