[Infographic] DJ Evolution

The year was 1857, and a man named Leon Scott invented the phonoautograph, the first device to record sound. This invention was followed by the phonographic cylinder by Thomas Edison, which allowed the playback of recorded sounds. Little did these two men phatom the magnitude of their inventions. They didn’t invent a machine; the birthed the music industry. The term disc jockey, or DJ was not coined until 1930. And the first man to use turntables to keep music playing continuously was Jimmy Saville, who in 1943 played jazz records “back-to-back” for his guests. This infographic explores the history of the DJ.

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