About AMI Jukebox
"Put another nickel in," sang Teresa Brewer in the peppy 1950 jukebox anthem called "Music, Music, Music." Americans by then had been spinning tunes on electronic jukeboxes since 1927, and AMI jukeboxes were the first. Other companies followed the Automatic Music Instrument Corp., but new AMI jukeboxes are still available today, updated with versions that play music videos on big screens. Of course, they no longer cost a nickel. You would have to go back in time for that. Jukeboxes fascinate music buffs who love their vinyl 45s or pre-vinyl 78s; the big bright neon music machines are also attractive to nostalgia buffs who love the 1940s through the 1970s. In the 1980s, of course, video killed both the radio star and the no-pictures jukeboxes. It also did not help that bars evolved into discos and nightclubs, and dime stores and diners, holdouts for jukeboxes, were on their way out. However, music lovers who remember the day the music died can re-create the magic. You might find an AMI F jukebox, for example, made in 1954 in eight mid-century modern colors. The rounded AMI C jukebox debuted in 1950 and 1951, so it probably played "Music, Music, Music." If you have the tunes, you can find your music machine from the vast inventory on eBay that includes parts to restore it.