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Sunday, March 9, 2014

PACIFIC JAZZ / WORLD PACIFIC

6200 SERIES - JUKE BOX
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AMI ran a regular series of ads in Down Beat magazine in 1955/1956 that featured prominent figures from the music industry including jazz and popular musicians, band leaders, vocalists, and vocal groups.

The Pacific Jazz 6200 series was among the last efforts of World Pacific to market their jazz line to the juke box industry.  There were four packages in the series, each using a letter prefix.  The A6200 series drew from several current PJ releases featuring the Curtis Amy-Frank Butler Sextet, Bud Shank & Carmell Jones, Les McCann Ltd., Carmell Jones & Harold Land, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Teddy Edwards.  The B6200 series featured selections from Gerald Wilson’s YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! album. The C6200 releases featured selections from Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons GROOVIN’ WITH JUG album. The fourth package offered selections from Curtis Amy’s and Paul Bryant’s MEETIN’ HERE album.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

PACIFIC JAZZ / WORLD PACIFIC

200 SERIES - SEEBURG / AMI

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Edward Hopper’s NIGHTHAWKS is perhaps the best known depiction of a late night eating establishment in American culture.  Hopper referred to it as a restaurant, but it is more commonly known as a diner with the single stools along a counter being one of the essential elements of a diner that usually included booths that typically sat four people comfortably.  Hopper’s NIGHTHAWKS does not contain any distractions from the essential elements he chose to depict, no board advertising specials of the day, no signs advertising coffee or soft drink brands, and no jukebox selection devices on the counter.  Just napkin dispensers, salt & pepper shakers, the ubiquitous sugar jar, the coffee urns, and the solitary figures.


Seeburg was one of the major manufacturers producing coin operated phonographs and by the 1960s they had models that could play 45 and 33 RPM records. The remote control boxes allowed customers to make their selection from their counter stool or booth, inserting a coin and punching the buttons for their desired selection.  This innovation allowed some anonymity for the customer making the selection.  Prior to the introduction of the remote boxes, one had to walk up to the jukebox to make a selection and when that tune began to play, other customers would know who had made the selection. 


World Pacific introduced the S-200 series around the same time that their stereo LP and 45 singles series were promoted.  The S-200 jukebox line included ten 7” discs in the LP 33 RPM format. The package included a slick advertising the artists featured in the series.


















AMI was another one of the major manufacturers who had introduced models that played 45 and 33 RPM discs.  The 200 numbering series that commenced with S-201 and ended with S-210 continued with AMI-211 through AMI-215.






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Friday, December 27, 2013

PACIFIC JAZZ / WORLD PACIFIC 

ST-4 / WPS-4 JUKE BOX SERIES
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Pacific Jazz / World Pacific produced several non-commercial series for jukebox vendors.  The ST-4 & WPS-4 series were 7” LP (33 1/3 RPM) stereo releases that included a display jacket with the original cover graphic used on the commercial LP releases.  The back was blank as the purpose of this jacket was for display on jukeboxes that featured an interior area where current or featured artist albums could be displayed to stimulate plays on the jukebox.

Each release contained additional jukebox essentials such as strips for insertion in the browsing area where customers would make their selection, and miniature jacket photos if that jukebox model featured an area for display of a smaller sized graphic.

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Each little LP included a set of jukebox strips and smaller reproductions of the cover graphic like the single sample below.