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Q: Birthday of Jukebox ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Birthday of Jukebox
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: brudenell-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 23 Nov 2002 02:17 PST
Expires: 23 Dec 2002 02:17 PST
Question ID: 113086
113 years ago today the first jukebox was born and played.

My question: What & where was the first song or tune played on the first jukebox?

Request for Question Clarification by secret901-ga on 23 Nov 2002 03:56 PST
Hi brudenell,
I found an article describing the new invention and where it was first
used.  However, it is undetermined what the first tune played was. 
All is not lost, however.  A scholar have pieced together information
from that time and mentioned the type of songs played and gave several
possible titles.
Would you accept this as an answer?

Request for Question Clarification by secret901-ga on 23 Nov 2002 03:59 PST
Please excuse me, "A scholar have pieced together" should read "A
scholar pieced together."

Clarification of Question by brudenell-ga on 23 Nov 2002 04:22 PST
I am using this question to try to find playable samples of the song
or type of music played on the first jukebox. I would accept your
answer if it helped me find examples of the first song or tune played
on the first jukebox.
Subject: Re: Birthday of Jukebox
Answered By: secret901-ga on 23 Nov 2002 04:47 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi brudenell,
Thank you for an interesting question.
I have found another source that identified the first tune played, so
please ignore what I said earlier.
The first public demonstration of the jukebox took place on November
23, 1889 at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco (303 Sutter St.).
 The inventor, Louis T. Glass, was the general manager of the Pacific
Phonograph company at the time.  The Palais Royal Saloon was destroyed
in the 1906 earthquake and fire, thus its current location is still
The first jukebox, called the "nickel-in-the-slot phonograph" became a
big hit.  It did not have amplification, thus the listener has to
stand close to it to hear, and it can only play one cylinder, changed
every day or so. It became popularly known as a jukebox because "juke"
was a slang for a brothel.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution[2], described the jukebox as
"a tin-foil cylinder, a pair of headphones and offered a single
recording, John Phillips Sousa's 'Marine March.'"
Thus it appears that the first recording played on a jukebox was
"Marine March" by Sousa.  If you'd like to see other songs that were
played in the early jukeboxes, please read the excellent article
referenced in [1].

I hope that answered your question.  If you need clarification, please
ask for it before rating this answer and I will be happy to clarify.

[2]"Every night's a jukebox night for him" by Bill Banks in the
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, June 1, 2000. (Article can not be
access online unless you pay a fee to search at

Search strategy:
"First jukebox" "November 23"
"first jukebox" "Palais Royal Saloon"
"first jukebox" "Louis Glass"

Clarification of Answer by secret901-ga on 23 Nov 2002 04:51 PST
In case you are trying to find an audio copy of the "Marine March," it
is also known as "Semper Fidelis."  More information about it
(including MIDI samples) can be found here:
If you need clarification, please feel free to ask before rating this

Clarification of Answer by secret901-ga on 23 Nov 2002 04:57 PST
Thank you for your kind rating and generous tip.  I found an online
MP3 file of this tune, so if you'd like to hear it, you can download
it here:
brudenell-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thanks. This exactly what I was looking for.

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