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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Look at this!

Well, today I thought it was time to introduce you to my genuine 1962 Juke Box!!


I bought this lovely machine around ten years ago and, as you can imagine, being a child of the 60's, I love it!  It has one hundred old 45's on it, ranging from Elvis, to Cliff Richard, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves, Connie Francis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, The Four Tops, The Supremes, to name but a few.  The good thing about the juke box is that, being surrounded by fields, I can play it as loud as I like (and I do!  Usually I'm bopping away whilst listening to the music.  Nothing like a good bop to cheer you up!!).  When you listen to the records, they are as good to listen to as when they were first released over forty years ago.  Not something you can say about the modern CD's!


In 1962/63, I was  at the local coffee bar, listening to all these records, and usually sitting there all evening with a single bottle of Coca-Cola, in those lovely shaped bottles.


Gosh, we were so innocent in those days, but happy memories indeed.  Somehow, I'm not sure that the music that we hear these days will still be played in forty years time.  I used to do a paper round, when I earned ten shillings a week (50p nowadays), and I saved my money up for months until in the end I had half towards a Dansette Record Player (my mum and dad paid the other half!).  Those record players were fantastic. 

What I really liked about them was that you could pile a stack of records on the machine and they would just play automatically.   AND, if you had a really favourite record, you could just leave the arm up and that record would play over and over (and over!) again.  I must have driven my mum and dad mad!  The other good thing was that they had a handle, so you could carry it from room to room.  Brilliant!


Please see this link to read all about the Dansette Record Players http://www.dansettes.co.uk/history.htm

33 comments:

Gawgus things... said...

Your jukebox is so amazing! I saw one of those record players when I went to the market at St Ouen a while ago..

caterpillar said...

That looks so nice....I'm not familiar with Juke boxes...so won't be able to comment...also, thanks for visiting my blog...please comment on the Give Away post so that you can take part in the Give Away....thanks... :)

Thisisme said...

Already done, Cat! Looks like a fabulous give a way!

Thisisme said...

Hi Gawgus things. I don't suppose you can remember how much that record player was at the Market?? I've often thought if I had kept mine, it might be worth a bit now!

Odie Langley said...

You really brought back memories for me this morning as I was in my teens and early 20's in the 60's. I agree that todays songs probably won't survive 40 years like some of them did. Thanks for the memory.

Thisisme said...

We are obviously of the same generation, Odie!

Becky said...

How wonderful that you own one of these!! It is beautiful, too!! I don't have many memories of using one, but I do remember them! I DID have a record player similar to the one you had. My dad still had his old '45's that I would play on it. They were country songs like Hank Williams - "You're Cheaten' Heart" - and songs like that. I don't know what ever happened to those records. Wish I still had them.

Shady Del Knight said...

Now that's what I call living, Thisisme! That jukebox looks very much like the one in the dance hall of the Shady Dell! Vinyl records have a sound that's superior to CD's and they're making a big comeback. Playing my old music is an integral part of every day. It's gets me going in the morning, it helps me to exercise and stay fit and it chases the blues like no other tonic.

Jumble Mash said...

Holy crap! I would love love love to have that jukebox!! That's so awesome!

Thisisme said...

Hi Shady. I just KNEW that you would appreciate the Juke Box! Glad that you like listening to the old music too.

Thisisme said...

Becky, You're making me feel old now, as Jukeboxes were before your time!! LOL!

Thisisme said...

Thanks Jumble. It is AWESOME, I must admit!!!

LindyLouMac said...

Oh my from nail varnish to jukeboxes, just catching up on blog reading. I hope you managed to find something to remove it? I love the jukebox and if you have any of those old coke bottles I am very envious as I need some to go in my crate!
Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog in 2011.

vintch said...

whoa! what a FABULOUS thing to have in your home! to think, i'm swooning over vintage record players...i need to think BIGGER-like jukeboxes! LOVE IT! So happy you shared this little peek into your space:)

Thisisme said...

Thank you Vintch. It is a wonderful thing to have. Even my daughters' friends all think it is amazing!

Thisisme said...

Hi LindyLou. The doors had to be taken off, rubbed down and completelyh re-painted. All is well now. No, unfortunately, I don't have any of those coke bottles. If only we had held on to so much from those days! Look forward to seeing you again in 2011. Buon Natale!

Esther said...

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Belle said...

Great Juke Box! I loved listening to 45s too. Between you and Shady inflluencing me, I have now gotten out my CDs of the Beatles and Neil Sedaka.

Olive Cooper said...

I remember those Juke boxes and how delightful that you have one. Yours is exactly my age btw.

Thisisme said...

Belle -I love Neil Sedaka! We are showing our age, aren't we?! LOL!

Thisisme said...

Hi Olive. That's funny that you were born in the year of my Juke Box!

Froso M. said...

Aw, you have an original beat box! That is amazing. everyone would want one!

becca said...

oh my gosh i love this i haven't seen a Jukebox in ages i want one now

Donna B said...

What a walk down memory lane this was! How cool is that juke box!!!! AWESOME!! I used to go to lunch in a quaint little 50's joint in downtown Redlands...I would always play the jukebox. LOVE EM!! Love the songs on yours as well.

Bouncin' Barb said...

This...I'm really behind on my reading but this is a fantastic blog post. That is what I would call a prized possession. What a great collection. I, like you, blast my music when I need a motivator. Will post and catch you all up soon.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

love the old jukebox! they sure don't make things like they used to... LOL - including us old fogeys.

Sandra said...

She is a beauty...my husband would be making all kinds of manly grunting noises if he saw it!

Thisisme said...

Sandra - LOL!!

Thisisme said...

Teresa - Old fogeys indeed. That's us!!! LOL!

Thisisme said...

Bouncin'Barb - yes, a prized possession indeed. My husband really moaned when I said that I had bought it. Then he was flicking through some magazines and saw how much they had gone up to, that he thought perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea after all!!! Typical!

Thisisme said...

Thanks for dropping by Froso M. and leaving your comment. Good to hear from you!

Thisisme said...

Becca - well, you can't have MINE!!!

Thisisme said...

Donna - glad you liked the songs. It's really good, because you can change them around as well, so I have another stock of records when I fancy a change!