The Amazing Story of the Video Jukebox

Radio George Favorites

Laserdisc?      Nope.
DVD?             Nah.
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: Scopitone.

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

The Scopitone Archives
Incredible pictures of the Scopitone &  its spin-offs

Everything Scopitones
See some of the actual (cheesy!) videos


An incredibly funny and incredibly stupid video from France that teaches you not to get too wrapped up in having a good time.