When we think about juke box music, what do you hear? Is it the gorgeous melodies of the 1950s only, or is there another different harmony in there? Contrary to many people’s assumptions, it is totally possible to listen to any sort of music through a juke box player, no matter what your tastes. That is what makes them such a wonderful and versatile music playing system. And after all, it would be a shame to limit yourself to only one decade of music when we have such a rich variety of music through the ages.
Classical music, such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, have become almost part of our consciousness. There are tens, if not hundreds of melodies that you could almost certainly hum under your breath, even if you have absolutely no idea who wrote them. But the closer you got to the modern day, the more dramatic the change. The rise of jazz challenged the standard way that a piece of music was meant to go, and it meant that the dancing that accompanied the music was a lot faster – and a lot more risque!
The juke box had already been invented during this time, although it wasn’t used in the same way that it is now. It was instead used in circuses and fairs. But as the Roaring Twenties developed into the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, listening to music together became less organised – theatres and concerts – to become much more relaxed. Friends and family would enjoy the latest songs from a juke box whilst they ate their lunch in a restaurant.
The way that music has challenged our society over the years is incredible, and yet for the last one hundred years, the juke box has remained an amazing way for us to access that music.