Put another dime…

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 23 2015

Category: Uncategorized


On this date, in 1889, the first known version of the jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.  It was credited to a man named Louis Glass, even though another version was thought to have been invented in London, possibly even earlier than Glass’ version.  Glass worked as Chief of Pacific Phonograph Co. and while there, he and his partner,William S. Arnold, developed a device inspired by Edison’s phonograph invention from a decade earlier.  Glass’ device would play a song from a wax cylinder phonograph, but only if you put a nickel in the machine.  It was initially called the “nickel-in-the-slot phonograph”.

Not much is known about this earliest version of the jukebox as the Palais Royal closed roughly a year after installation and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed the entire neighborhood where the saloon once stood.  But at a conference in Chicago in 1890, Glass boasted that his first machine and subsequent 14 others had made more than $4,000.00 in little more than six months.  Thus began the competitors manufacturing similar machines.  Companies began making them worldwide.

Of course, anyone over a certain age who’s ever frequented pubs and bars remembers the jukebox.  Some diners even had miniature versions at each booth.  My favorite was at a little hole-in-the-wall pub we used to hang out in as twenty something’s, and beyond.  It was owned by an old spinster who bought the place in the late 50’s as her retirement plan.  She didn’t really retire though, as she was in the pub daily until closing time.  The jukebox wasn’t the original but wasn’t new either.  The music selection on it was terrific as she would take a survey of regular patrons music preferences every couple of years.  There were some updates, but most chose to not change the selections out of sheer nostalgia.  That old jukebox was as much a part of e fabric of that place as she was.

The jukebox is now, for the most part, a thing of the past.  So in honor of that integral piece of American music history, my songs of the day are:

“Jukebox” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

“Jerusalem On The Jukebox” by Richard Thompson

“Antmusic” by Adam and the Ants

“Someone Told My Story” by Merle Haggard

“Jukebox of Steel” by Son Volt


18 comments on “Put another dime…”

  1. Ohh Brian Setzer!! Saw him way back when he was a Stray Cat!!!

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  3. Pretty awesome playlist for a Monday!! Thanks!

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  4. Don’t forget “Juke Box Music” by The Kinks, and “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner! Two 70s classics!!

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