Color-sonic

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Color-Sonics visual jukeboxes were the first ones to use continuous loop cartridges, which were both more durable and more easily replaced than the film reels used by their competition i.e. Cinebox and Scopitone. The Color-Sonics films were shot on 35 mm, as opposed to the 16 mm film used for Scopitone and Cinebox. Before Color-Sonics, Panoram had already pioneered the use of visual jukeboxes in America.

Color Sonic Music Videos[edit]

The video films themselves were made at Paramount Studios by Official Films, which was headed by Robert Blees, a former producer of TV shows such as Bus Stop and Combat. Robert Altman was hired to direct the Color-Sonics films i.e. “Girl Talk” by Bobby Troup, a short called “The Party” set to the song “Whipped Cream” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and two shorts featuring Lili St. Cyr. In addition to above, Color-Sonics produced a fairly sophisticated music video titled “These Boots Were Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra which was directed by Robert Sidney.

Some other music videos featured on Color-Sonic included;

  1. Fran Jeffries “No Moon At All”
  2. Lynn Elliot “Baby Face”
  3. Jaye P. Morgan “Will He Like Me”
  4. Nancy Sinatra “The Shadow of Your Smile” (dir. by Robert Sidney)
  5. Lainie Kazan “Blues in the Night”
  6. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made For Walking” (dir. by Robert Sidney)
  7. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Whipped Cream”
  8. Frankie Randall “The Rules of the Road” (dir. by Bob Baker)
  9. Janice Harper “Love Is A Dangerous Thing”
  10. Janice Harper “The Thrill Is Gone”
  11. Boots Randolph “Charlie Brown”
  12. Mary Jane Mangler “She’s Not There”
  13. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Swinger From Seville”
  14. Frankie Randall “More” (dir. by Bob Baker)
  15. Lili St. Cyr “Speak Low” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  16. Mary Wells “All My Lovin'”
  17. Julie London “Watermelon Man”
  18. “In Crowd” aka “The Party” aka Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Bittersweet Samba” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  19. Karen Jensen “I’m An Old Cowhand”
  20. Ray Anthony Show “What’d I Say”
  21. Unknown artist “Seventh Veil”
  22. Bobby Troup “Girl Talk” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  23. Fran Jeffries “Squeeze Me”
  24. Unknown artist “You Are My Sunshine”
  25. Fran Jeffries “Show Me The Way To Go Home”
  26. Vi Velasco “Bye Bye Black Bird”
  27. Unknown Artist “Agent 006”
  28. Kitty Oliver “Kansas City”
  29. Natali Moore “Big Bad Bill”
  30. The Eggheads “This Little Lite of Mine”
  31. The Eggheads “Greenback Dollar”
  32. Tina Robbins “Glory of Love”
  33. Lonnie Sattin “Sweetheart”
  34. Colorama Dancers “Beach Party”
  35. Dawn Holly “Coquette”
  36. Lili St. Cyr “Ebb Tide” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  37. Unknown artist “Lady In Red”
  38. Shawn Elliott “Shame and Scandal in the Family”
  39. Unknown artist “Seven-Eleven Go-Go”
  40. Mary Pastor “Winning Pair”
  41. Fran Jeffries “Show Me the Way To Go Home”
  42. Unknown artist “Alley Cat”
  43. Unknown artist “The Girl From Ipanema”
  44. Unknown artist “St. Louis Blues”
  45. Unknown artist “Sea Witch”
  46. Unknown artist “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  47. Unknown Artist “Every Little Movement”
  48. Johnny B. Great “If I Had A Hammer”
  49. Fay Craig “Mirage”
  50. Wayne Gibson “I Like It”
  51. Fay Craig “Bongo Baby”
  52. Bobby Breen “Up on the Roof”
  53. Brothers Two Trio “Chickie”
  54. Andy Cavell & The Boscoe Holder Dancers “Speedy Gonzalez”
  55. The Eggheads “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
  56. Shane Fenton “I Ain’t Got Nobody”
  57. Fran Jeffries “Ain’t Misbehavin'”
  58. Lainie Kazan “I Cried For You”
  59. Joi Lansing “All of Me”
  60. Tommy Leonetti “The Way You Look Tonight”
  61. Terry Ross “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  62. Frank Sinatra Jr. “Love For Sale”
  63. Ozel Turkbas “Bedevilled Belly Dancer”
  64. Unknown artist “Besame Mucho”
  65. Unknown artist “Bikini Beach”
  66. Unknown artist “Cobra Dance”
  67. Unknown artist “Derelict”
  68. Unknown artist “Down By The Riverside”
  69. Unknown artist “Goldie”
  70. Unknown artist “Hey Look Me Over”
  71. Unknown artist “The Limbo”
  72. Unknown artist “Mack the Knife”
  73. Unknown artist “Night Train”
  74. Unknown artist “San Francisco”
  75. Unknown artist “Sugar Daddy”
  76. Unknown artist “What a Difference a Day Makes”
  77. Mary Wells “He Loves You”
  78. Connie Francis
  79. Leslie Uggams.
  80. Bobby Troup “Girl Talk” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  81. Karen Jensen “I’m An Old Cowhand”
  82. Unknown artist “Every Little Movement”
  83. Ray Anthony Show
  84. Julie London “Daddy”
  85. Boots Randolph “Charlie Brown”
  86. Fran Jeffries “Ain’t Misbehavin'”
  87. Lili St. Cyr “Speak Low” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  88. Nai Bonet “Jelly Belly”
  89. Lili St. Cyr “Ebb Tide” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  90. “In Crowd” aka “The Party” aka Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Bittersweet Samba” (dir. by Robert Altman)
  91. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made For Walking” (dir. by Robert Sidney)
  92. Unknown artist “Lemon Tree”
  93. Shorty Long “Night Fo’ Last”
  94. Ray Anthony Show “What’d I Say”
  95. Lynn Elliott “Baby Face”
  96. Frankie Randall “The Rules of the Road” (dir. by Bob Baker)

Color-Sonic Company History[edit]

In 1966, Henry A. Schwartz filed a patent for the Color-Sonic, also known as Combi 150 (a visual jukebox) which was assigned to Color-Sonics Inc. alias National Company Inc. in New York. The Color-Sonic machines were manufactured at the facilities of the National Company Inc. in Melrose, Massachusetts. COLOR-SONICS, INC. was incorporated on May 7, 1966 in New York county with company number 198358. It is located at 122 East 42nd St. New York, New York, 10168. The National Company Inc. also used to own The National Radio Company of New York, NY.

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