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Nov. 23, 2016: First National Jukebox Day Takes Over Nation's Bars And Taverns

Posted On: 11/23/2016

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TAGS: TouchTunes, jukebox, digital music, National Jukebox Day, jukebox history, Jukebox Selfie Contest

The inaugural National Jukebox Day is today. TouchTunes, which partnered with the National Day Calendar registrar to designate the tribute as the fourth Wednesday of every November (the day before Thanksgiving), began promoting the occasion on Nov. 16. The music company has been publicizing today on its 65,000 North American jukeboxes, along with communication pushes to its mobile apps, operators and bartenders.

One component tied to the celebration that's gotten much attention is the Jukebox Selfie Contest. TouchTunes is encouraging users to post a photo with one of its jukeboxes to Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a year of free TouchTunes jukebox credits; this contest runs through Nov. 27. Additionally, TouchTunes is visiting five bars today in Philadelphia, where it will bring impersonators of pop stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson to help build jukebox awareness.

The fact that the first celebration of National Jukebox Day falls on November 23 is historically significant. Jukebox historian John Krivine claimed that Louis T. Glass demonstrated his first coin-operated phonograph in San Francisco's Palais Royal Restaurant on Nov. 23. | SEE STORY

Click here to see TouchTunes' infographic on jukebox history.