Do, do, do, do, do you re­mem­ber the Dis­co­matic?

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - WEEKEND - by Nor­man Wat­son

I’m of a cer­tain vin­tage mu­si­cally – old enough to play vinyl, tapes, CDs and, to show off, by turn­ing on a blue and cream plas­tic Decca wall­mounted ra­dio from the Six­ties. Its dial in­cludes Ra­dio Lux­em­bourg and it hardly seems yesterday that the sis­ter of my first girl­friend placed a re­quest for us with that long­gone sta­tion for Rod Ste­wart’s Mag­gie May.

Ah, but back to busi­ness.

On Novem­ber 10, the Suf­folk sale­room Bishop & Miller fea­tured a rare blast from the past – a KB Dis­co­matic por­ta­ble juke­box, iden­ti­cal to one made fa­mous by John Len­non in 1965 when he pur­chased an ex­am­ple and stocked it with 40 sin­gles to be used while on tour.

Ge­orge Har­ri­son also had a Dis­co­matic and it fea­tured in an ar­ti­cle in the Record Mirror in Jan­uary 1966.

A Dis­co­matic also shows up in the back­ground of the room used as the Bea­tles home in the Help! movie.

KB Dis­co­mat­ics were the UK im­ports of por­ta­ble juke boxes made by Swiss com­pany Ger­in­vex.

They held 40 records which they played us­ing a dou­ble-sided crys­tal Ronette B40 car­tridge.

John Len­non was by far the most fa­mous owner of the KB Dis­co­matic. So much so, that the model is of­ten re­ferred to as the ‘John Len­non Juke­box’.

His own Dis­co­matic was sold at auc­tion in 1989 for £2,500 and the tracks listed on the in­dex card were the sub­ject of a dou­ble CD re­lease in 2004 ti­tled John Len­non’s Juke­box.

This sym­bol of the Swing­ing Six­ties did not hit the high notes, but found a new home at a mid-es­ti­mate £360.

Pic­ture: c1965 John Len­non Juke­box, £360 (Bishop & Miller).

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