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In the years that followed MTV, hit songs and their accompanying music videos would become linked in the minds of music fans.
But the format of music videos precedes MTV. There is an evolutionary chart that dates back nearly a century.
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The video jukebox that played Technicolor films were installed in bars across the world.
Two rival companies began selling similar "video jukebox" devices at the same time. The one was a Cinebox in Italy - the other the Scopitone in France. Both had three-minute fi...
With the advent of "the talkies" in the late 1920s, musical numbers became part of cinema.
"St. Louis Blues" was one of the first short films made to showcase a preexisting song, starring Bessie Smith. While "Screen Songs" introduced the idea of pairing a song with a visua...
The Beatles started producing promotional videos in 1965 for their singles to fulfil the demands of every Top of the Pops or American Bandstand-style show across the world that wanted to book them.
They started with "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" but improved over time, wit...
In the 1970s, The Now Explosion was a 28-hour, free-wheeling TV program in Atlanta that seemed to pioneer MTV and the YouTube mashup edit.
The idea was to try and replicate Top 40 radio on a UHF station. For a brief period, The Now Explosion was very succe...
Fleischer Studios produced a series of "Screen Songs" from 1929 - 1938. It was the first short films created to illustrate popular songs.
The animated shorts featured the frolics of funny animals and other cartoon archetypes set to songs. Many included
In 1956, Tony Bennett's record label filmed the first music video of the golden-voiced vocalist walking through Hyde Park in London.
He set the footage to the hit version of "Stranger in Paradise" and distributed the clip to TV stations in the U.K. and U.S.
In 1894, two clothing salesmen, that also had a side business as songwriters, came up with a novel way to sell the sheet music to "The Little Lost Child."
They hired an electrician to create a series of "magic lantern" slide projections of photos to accompany perfo...
The promotional video that accompanied Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' single was probably the start of the music video. Previous promo clips were mostly about the band, but "Bohemian Rhapsody" was about the song.
The video spared the band from trying to recreate the complex c...
In Australia, the government-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) introduced Countdown, a weekly showcase of lip-synched performances and music videos.
Countdown could promptly make a song a hit. The show lasted until 1987 when competitors like the imported MTV,...
USA Network, one of the first cable channels, began using the library of music material from record labels to fill its programming hours. The network started a segment called "Video Concert Hall" in 1978 where they simply played promotional videos and concert clips.
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