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