The Nation: Without a Song

Jukeboxes have filled American honky-tonks, malt shops and ears for decades, inspiring songs ("Put an-other nickel in, in the nick-el-o-de-on"), and even a modest treasury of jokes (Sample: Two Martians sidle up to a glittering jukebox in a saloon and purr, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?"). The pop-music beat goes on, but the coin-operated phonograph business is winding down. Last week Chicago's Wurlitzer Co., which has sold 650,000 jukeboxes in the U.S. since 1933, announced that it will stop manufacturing them next month.

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