A woman requesting a tune from a jukebox, which features six high-fidelity speakers that creats a quality of stereo sound never before achieved by a jukebox. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Jukebox

Rock-Ola 488 Jukebox

November 23rd is National Jukebox Day! It’s one of my favorite days, as I am an avid collector of jukeboxes. Currently, I have 3 jukeboxes at the Randall Ranch. Each of them has its own unique story.

The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco on November 23rd, 1889. It became an overnight sensation and made $1,100 in its first month. My next jukebox is a 1981 Rock-Ola 883. The story behind this jukebox is that it was at one time in used at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens. For the longest time, you could find it way up in the upper balcony bar. The highest point of the theater. It was sold to a friend of mine who called up after I had made a visit to his home and asked if I was interested in the purchase of the jukebox. I was in love with this jukebox and proudly bought it. It’s been in the game room at home for over 15 years, packed full of 45’s records- a lot of them local Detroit bands like The Almighty Strut, The Look, Bitter Sweet Alley, Trash Brats, Kid Rock and others.

The fun of owning jukeboxes is finding rare 45’s to put in the jukebox. A hard one to find is a song that was in the Steve Martin, John Candy film, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” A Ray Charles song called, “Mess Around.”  Normally, the record goes for 150 dollars. But I found it on a site called Discogs http://www.discogs.com– great site to find hard-to-find records.

In 2022, Jukeboxes are everywhere- on walls of local pubs, everywhere, but they are all hooked into the internet. You can now play almost any artist and music ever made. So today and in days to come, take time to enjoy a song on a local jukebox that has come a long way since paying a 5-cent nickle in a slot, to using your credit card. Long live the Jukebox.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Screamin' Scott

How well do you know me? Check out the facts below and get to know your favorite nighttime personality better!

  • I'm Left-Handed - Always have been. Left is right!

    Baring Hands

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  • I wear a Size 12 Wide Shoe - Yes, I have small skateboards for feet.

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  • I'm 6 feet tall! - But I think I'm shrinking.

    Measuring Rulers

  • I was born with extra sets of teeth - As a child, they took an X-ray to find I had an extra set of teeth! I've had some surgery over the years, but they have come in handy after playing hockey as a kid!

    Dentists Offering NHS Treatment Continue To Dwindle

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  • I do not sing in the shower well - I've tried, and the echo doesn't help make me any better.

    Wind And Rain Hit The UK

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  • I was married on my birthday by Arthur Penhallow - I also got married on my birthday so I would never forget the anniversary. And Arthur did a fantastic job!

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  • I have an extensive collection of rubber ducks - Yep.

    Duck

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  • I have no tattoos - Yet!

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  • I once held the national record for Girl Scout Cookie eating - This comes from my time in radio in Indiana. They had an eating contest in a town outside of Ft. Wayne, and I ate 32 cookies in one minute!

    Girl Scouts Sell Cookies

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  • I have an award-winning chili recipe! - The award came at a contest at work. One year, thought I would enter the company cook off. Some say it's the best they ever tasted. It's fun to make and the secret ingredient makes it the best!

    Chili Feast

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene