8-Track Cassettes

Tunes on Tuesday


It's music time here at the American Treasure Tour, and why not celebrate with the finest in analog technology available between the mid-1960's through to the early 1980's - the 8-track tape. This was an offshoot of the reel-to-reel magnetic tape recording technology first introduced shortly after World War II, but its great novelty was in that these compact music storage devices could actually be played in automobiles! That was truly revolutionary at the time.  Oh sure, a few wealthy eccentrics had tried to put record albums in their dashboards, but that wasn't exactly practical and never became popular.  But 8-tracks swept the nation, and filled many vehicles with the musical prowess of Peter Frampton, The Who, and hundreds of other bands.

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Alas, the 8-track movement was relatively short-lived, because of another technology introduced during the 1960's: the compact cassette.  Much smaller than the 8-track and able to hold more music, cassette decks were introduced in cars in 1968, and took off during the '70s. By 1982, the 8-track was removed for sale from department stores and, it's believed, the last 8-track produced was in 1988, a greatest hits compilations by Fleetwood Mac. 

Tunes on Tuesday

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Music abounds here at the American Treasure Tour.  We not only display hundreds of nickelodeons and band organs, but positively thousands of records, 8-tracks, and sheet music. Don't believe us?  Come on out and count them and prove us wrong!  (We do need to warn you, though, that we cannot allow our guests to have sleepovers here, so you'll have to count fast!) Not only do we display all these wonderful memories, but we also play music.

The paper rolls that are read by our nickelodeons and band organs provide wonderful complements to the machines - they are celebrations of music. Ragtime and jazz (not always easy to differentiate from one another), patriotic music, and yes, we have some quality show tunes playing on our Coinola machine in the Music Room.  Check out some old footage of Sadie Mae - one of our favorite and most famous pieces here at the Treasure Tour!