The World’s First Musical Refrigerator Appeared in 1974!

If you’re looking for a new refrigerator, you can choose from a variety of manufacturers that offer “smart” appliances–Internet-connected fridges that can do everything from keeping an inventory of what’s inside to streaming music.

After my Air Canada flight was canceled Saturday night, I returned to my parents’ house where I was forced to watch the Game Show Channel–their house, their rules–which was showing a vintage episode (c.1974) of Let’s Make a Deal.

The Big Deal of the Day (behind Door #1, in case you’re wondering) featured, among other things, a selection of Frigidaire appliances which included this music fridge with a built-in cassette player.

Who knew?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The World’s First Musical Refrigerator Appeared in 1974!

  • December 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Well, at least Monty Hall, another former Winnipegger, was hosting. You must have felt some connection to that.
    Well…that, and the elaborate costumes that people used to dress up in when appearing on the show.


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