David C. Rockola

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP)–David C. Rockola, whose name became synonymous with the jukeboxes he manufactured, died Jan. 26.

He was 96.

Rockola founded Rockola Scale Co. in 1926 and changed the name to Rock-Ola Manufacturing Co. in 1930. Rock-Ola and Wurlitzer were the two leading jukebox makers in the nation until 1974, when Wurlitzer suspended production.

Though his jukeboxes are often used to play rock ‘n’ roll, Rockola had told people the similarity between the name of the music and his name was coincidental.

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