Why celebrate National Jukebox Day?
The origins of the jukebox can be traced back to one Louis Glass and his business partner William S. Arnold. Back in 1889, this enterprising pair invented the first coin-operated phonograph, which made its debut in San Francisco. It made quite the first impression! As most jukebox enthusiasts will know, there are differing opinions about how the jukebox got its name. One of the most popular theories is that the name came from the juke houses or ‘jook joints’ that became popular in the early 1900s. They were controversial establishments, where revelers would go and drink or dance all their troubles away.
Updated models of jukeboxes along with more readily available vinyl records led to widespread popularity. Fast forward to the 1950s and the design of jukeboxes was fast evolving, thanks in no small part to the efforts of our founder, David C Rockola. They became a staple in diners across the States, where they became forever associated with the pioneering Rock N' Roll era of music. This is when the Bubbler jukebox cemented its iconic status, and even today, people the world over love it for its timeless looks, flawless sound, and unique sense of nostalgia. It remains an enduring US cultural icon, symbolizing not just a bygone age, but also America’s legendary music history. And when it comes right down to it, that’s really what National Jukebox Day is all about.
How to Celebrate National Jukebox Day
Why not celebrate simply by putting a record on the nearest jukebox. If you’re lucky enough to have one at home, we’ve put together a playlist that we hope you’ll like, full of 50s and 60s nostalgia.
- Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
- Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
- Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lewis
- Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and his Comets
- All Shook Up – Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
- Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
- Shout – The Isley Brothers
- You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnette
- La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
- Oh What A Party – Fats Domino
If you haven’t got a jukebox at home, that doesn’t have to stop you. They’re still a common sight in bars and diners across America, so you may not have to go far to find one.
If all this talk of jukeboxes has inspired you to start sizing up a spot in your own home, we’ve got no shortage of options for you to choose from! Our jukeboxes are available in CD, Digital or Vinyl format and in keeping with the theme of iconic Americana we’ve produced jukeboxes in the liveries of some world-famous US brands, including Jack Daniels and Harley Davidson.
Reserve your own little piece of American history today.
'Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.'Ronald Reagan
Happy Jukebox Day 2022!