Thursday, February 12, 2009
Jukebox Influence On Singapore60s Music
The jukebox above will astound because it is definitely one that spins vinyls. Conceptualised and invented in 1898, the actual jukebox came about in 1927 and became most popular from the 40s through the 60s. They become CD dispensers in later years.
'Juke' or 'jook' means 'dance' with a sexual connotation and is derived from African-American slang. The machine plays 78 rpm records, 33 1/3, 45s vinyls and CDs.
Its association with rock and roll music is well-known. Hank Williams Jr, established 50s country artiste, has a song, 'Lyin' Jukebox,' and on a more positive note, Alan Jackson's, 'Don't Rock The Jukebox.'
Singapore had them in restaurants, bars, billiard houses, lobbies of various hotels and private country clubs. Enthusiasts who could afford such luxury bought them for home use.
Teddy boys in Singapore with girls to impress would exhibit the coin-drop, then jive and rock for a few cents a song, empowered by a machine they could control.
My own recollection? Elvis Presley's tunes dominated the jukeboxes and there was always a selection where patrons could play Chinese melodies. Were local band vinyls included?