Where Does The Term "Jukebox" Come From?

LBC Studio


Where does the term "jukebox" come from?

Dean, Hastings


Name: Brian
Answer: The term arose during the time of slavery and plantations in the US, when they'd play a lot of blues music...
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Name: Joseph in Lewisham

Answer: During time period previous caller Brian was talking about, a Juke was a bordello/brothel. Music would be played inside, so the term arose because these music-playing boxes would often be found inside Jukes.

James O'Brien: Juke an informal unregulated African-American bar at the time, but round of applause for Brian and Joseph anyway.

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