the CRD we feature TWO jukeboxes. The newer one is a modern i-pod type
unit which features many up-to-date popular songs as well as some classic
oldies of rock, pop and country genres. We have over 1,200 tunes to
choose from. We have always been a "jukebox bar." That is, one in
which our main source of entertainment is drawn from music the customer
selects. There are far less such places these days, but we keep that old
tradition alive here in the Copper Valley.
BUT if you want to truly take a
journey into the past, here we have a 1987-vintage Rowe model R-91
record-playing jukebox from the days when all that was available in the
bars were record-playing jukeboxes. This one is a rarity. It
will truly bring you back to the good old days when all the bars had
these kind of jukeboxes--and THAT kind of sound! You know, the sound you
no longer hear because music today SOUNDS so different. THIS
machine has that FULL but SOFT sound that only vinyl can reproduce.
Yes, those lights above and below the
label tray move to the music--another remnant of the disco-era of the
1970s. This machine accepts quarters and one-dollar bills. AND it
is priced the same as it was in 1987: One play per quarter, FIVE for the
first dollar and TWELVE for TWO dollars. WHAT a deal !
The Jukebox has a developing Northern
Exposure (NX) theme. Included on the playlist are several tunes from
that 1990s television program including: David Schwartz: "Theme from
Northern Exposure," and "Alaska Nights," Iris DeMent's "Our Town," and
Etta James' "At Last." Click the image below for a look
at the label tray for July 4, 2012:
Prominently featured on this vintage
jukebox is the full-length version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to
" which consists of over seven minutes of playing time.
CRD Saloon owner Ron Simpson was a jukebox company owner, operating on
Alaska's major interior highways from 1976 until 1996. In those
days, many such independent operators requested that particular record
be made available for 45 rpm jukeboxes. Regrettably, that most
classic of rock anthems was not available for any price. Those very few copies
which were cut by the studio were distributed out exclusively to AM Radio
studios. In those days, many AM Radio stations only played 45 rpm
records in their studios. In fact, the seven-inch 45 rpm vinyl record was the standard
of the music industry for both jukeboxes and AM radio stations from the
mid-1950s until the late 1980s.
standard featured on the R-91 that was rarely to be found on jukeboxes
of the time because the 45 rpm version was unavailable in America was
the Guns 'N Roses remake of Bob Dylan's "
Knockin' on Heaven's Door.
*** This version is featured in Ron
Simpson's new introductory chapter to his historic novel "Legacy
of the Chief" under the name "The
Story Begins." In this new chapter, Rosalene, daughter of one of
the principal characters of the novel "Legacy," returns to the Native
Village of Tsedi-na (Chitina) in 2003 where she will celebrate her
Although many of
the rock and pop standards are frequently rotated, you might also find
on this jukebox: Sinead O'Conner's "Nothing Compares to U," 4 Non
Blondes' "What's Up," Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason," Queen's "I
Want It All," The Box Top's "The Letter," Michael Jackson's "Smooth
Criminal," The Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'," Whitesnake's "Here I Go
Again," Dire Strait's "Money for Nothing," Johnny Cash's "Ghost Riders
in the Sky," Bob Seger's "Turn the Page," Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man,"
Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" version of "Layla," Nazareth's double hit:
"Love Hurts," and "Hair of the Dog," and Etta James' classic "At Last,"
among so many others.
arrivals of particular interest: Bad Company: "Holy Water," b/w "I
Can't Live Without You" and Metallica: "Nothing Else Matters," b/w
"Enter the Sandman." These 45 rpm records were not available in this
format during the 1980s or 1990s except perhaps in Britain. I know that
as a former jukebox operator they were not available to me !
Bee Gees are among the occasionally-featured artists on our retro-jukebox
The CRD model R-91 Rowe jukebox
features many classic tunes--mostly
rock and pop. All of them are clean-sounding, new to almost like new
vinyl, mostly, but not exclusively, from the 1970s rock & disco era.
featured artist on the record-playing jukebox is Johnny Horton,
with songs such as "North to Alaska," "When It's Springtime in
Alaska," "Battle of New Orleans," and "Whispering Pines." The
latter song is one I have been seeking for years. A very good
copy of "Whispering Pines" now is in place. --RS
Additionally, there is a
section of music on this jukebox that harkens back to the Big Band era
of great dance and easy-listening, mostly instrumental music. One
of these selections is "Celery Stalks at Midnight," performed by the big
band sound of Will Bradley. I included this 1941 Big Band hit
because it was a favorite of an older couple who once owned and operated
the Paxson Lodge--one of my early jukebox locations--Stan and Wanda
Brown. They are both passed on. I occasionally play this song in their
memory--a couple who loved to dance in their own small bar to this tune.
This special group of
easy-listening, mostly-instrumental and Big Band songs helps make this
jukebox particularly unique, thus lending itself to what I refer to as
my "Martini Bar" jukebox. The record-playing jukebox is typically
only played during the late afternoon and early evening hours
at the CRD.
Come in early and have a Retro kind of
seeking something more contemporary in music ?
Then come on in and
Recent Rock, Pop and Country Hits, PLUS the Classics:
the summer of 2015, we will have an internet-based music system:
will be the ultimate music upgrade for the Pub @ the Copper Rail
will make possible access to video music for the first time in a
bar in this region.
"Stairway to Heaven" is often rated among the greatest rock songs of all
time. According to music journalist Stephen Davis, although the
song was released in 1971, it took until 1973 before the song's
popularity ascended to truly "authentic" status. As Page himself
recalled, "I knew it was good, but I didn't know
it was going to be almost like an anthem ... But I knew it was the gem
of the album, sure."
"Stairway to Heaven" continues to top radio lists of the greatest rock
songs, as well as topping a 2006 Guitar World readers poll of greatest
guitar solos. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the
song, it was announced via U.S. radio sources that the song had logged
up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for
44 years solid. As of 2000, the song had been broadcast on radio over
three million times. In 1990 a St Petersburg, Florida station kicked off
its all-Led Zeppelin format by playing "Stairway to Heaven" for 24 hours
straight. It is also the biggest-selling single piece of sheet music in
rock history, clocking up an average of 15,000 copies yearly. In total,
over one million copies have been sold.
The song's length precluded its release in full form as a single.
Despite pressure from Atlantic Records the band would not authorize the
editing of the song for single release, making "Stairway to Heaven" one
of the most well-known and popular rock songs never to have been
released as a single.
It's doubtful that anyone knew it would become the
most popular rock song of all time. After all, it's eight minutes long
and was never released as a single. Even "Hey Jude" was shorter,
was a 45, and enjoyed the benefits of comprehensible words and a
sing-along chorus. But "Hey Jude" isn't the most requested song of all
time on FM rock stations. Nobody ever had a "Hey Jude" theme prom or
played the song at weddings and funerals like "Stairway."
"Stairway" couldn't succeed today. Back in 1971,
FM deejays prided themselves on digging deep into albums to come up with
oddball, cultish favorites. With its near-oppressive length, erratic
changes, and woo-woo lyrics, the quasi-medieval anthem was a perfect
choice. It continues to be a favorite among music listeners who are
younger than the song itself, listeners who, in some cases, were no
doubt conceived while the tune blasted from car speakers. (taken
The 45 rpm
Stairway to Heaven" IS prominently
and permanently featured on
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND JUKEBOX as selection # 100 !