Ipod? Not even close!
In the U.S., the original
video jukebox was a machine like a jukebox that played records, but instead
showed videos. You could find them in bars and clubs in a few East Coast
cities from 1964-1969. They were not called video jukeboxes, but went by the
name that had made them a huge sensation in France and Europe:
The really amazing thing
about those first music videos (sorry, MTV) is that the original public player
presentation was made in Chicago--in 1939!
Now, Radio George has
reinvented the idea, bringing it back via the Internet and your computer!
The Radio George Video
Jukebox was developed primarily for two reasons. First, it's a fabulous
way to present the images--pictures, album cover art, etc.--along with Real
Oldies music. Together , they make a powerful presentation that takes you
back to your school days and evokes fabulous memories. That's what you'll
see and hear in the Oldies But Goodies video collection.
It's also a great way to
present live performances of some musical presentations that can only be
called a cut above the ordinary, where the combination of sound and picture
together tell more of a story than either can alone. You'll find these in
Radio George Favorites.
So visit frequently and tell
your friends about the Radio George Video Jukebox. Be sure to let
Radio George know what you think and make suggestions for additions.
Send email here.
For a little fun, here are
some links with more info on the world's first video jukebox and a look at
what the Scopitone looked like:
Scopitone-The Visual Jukebox
Wonderful, easy-to-read history, with pictures
Le Scopitone! A Detailed History
Including the Mafia connection
The Last Still-Working Scopitone in the US
You'll never guess where it is
Incredible pictures of the Scopitone & its spin-offs
See some of the actual (cheesy!) videos