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Soundies & Films

What is referred to as SOUNDIES could be considered the father of the MTV music videos. Produced during the1940's. Soundies were made to be seen on self-contained, coin-operated, video jukeboxes called Panoram. These could be found in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, etc. Eight Soundies on each reel and filmed in reverse, featuring a variety of musical performances, were usually spliced together on a reel which was a continuous loop.

The Panoram Jukebox , would later be the building block for RCA's 16mm projector used in the jukebox to project the films on a screen up above. The Mills jukebox people in California partnered with Jimmy Roosevelt - President Franklin's son and his job was to create 2500 songs. It lasted about four years.

I have been collecting these original films for several years and have about 800 so far . I have had them converted to digital and several DVD's have been released by two companies in Europe . I also have copies of the original soundie book that lists all the songs and artists and producers and year of production .

Radio announcer Jim Kidd introducing the title.

The book has sold on Ebay in the past for as much as $250.


Click here to view list #1 of Films and Soundies

Click here to view list of 16mm Films

Here are a few samples of some soundies in our collection
Just click on the individual image to view the video samples

The Lamp of Memory

The Lamp of Memory