Website offers a musical gold mine

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 16:25 PM.

My dad was in the Pacific for most of the war. In some years, Mom received less than a half dozen letters and had no idea where he was much less how he was.

Communication was zilch, so about the only messaging of emotions or "sweet nothings" were through music and lyrics of the day. Everybody had "their" song or songs that spoke sentiments they wanted to say but couldn’t personally deliver. The only tweets back then came out of birds.

I was born 10 months before the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, but somehow appreciative seeds of that music sprouted inside me. Lyrics were more than rhymes.

When I hear "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer," I see smoke trailing from the warplane. This brings me to my reason for even mentioning stuff that every reader either knows already or doesn’t care about at all.

For all of you music lovers out there — especially we older folks — I want to direct you to a site that will bring smiles and even a few tears from deep memories.

Go to upchucky.org (don’t worry about the unappetizing site name) and when the homepage appears you’ll see a box at top left that says "Jukeboxes." Click and prepare for a musical goldmine.

On your screen is a jukebox of each year from 1940 through 1999. Click on any and you’ll hear the jukebox favorites for that year.



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