BEFORE THE JUKEBOX, THERE WERE THE MECHANICAL BAND ORGANS

Rockaway Ol`times
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Many dance emporiums in the Ol’ Rockaways had Orchestras or small bands to supply music for terpsichorean delights.

When the musicians went on a break, music was supplied by a Mechanical Band Organ.

Arrangements were played from a music roll of paper or a music book of wooden pages, similar to a player piano. The sounds were pleasing to the ear. Real instruments were within the beautiful enclosure.

The machines were imported from Germany and some were domestic. The organs were also used on carousels and still are today!!!

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