History of music videos

Timeline created by penska7
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  • First appearance of music videos

    First appearance of music videos
    One of the earliest Videos of a Top 40 hit, was Jan & Dean's "Surf City", produced in July 1963. It was filmed on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, capturing much of the atmosphere and vbe of southern California.
  • The Beatles first video

    The Beatles first video
    The Beatles made their first feature film 'A Hard Day's Night' in 1964. It was directed by Richard Lester and was shot in Black and White.
  • Bob Dylan's first appearance

    Bob Dylan's first appearance
    A clip from Bob Dylan's music video 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' was featured in Pennebaker's Dylan film documentary 'Don't Look Back'.
  • Top of the Pops

    Top of the Pops
    In the late 1970s, the British TV music show 'Top of the Pops' began showing music videos. This was a good way of increasing artists song sales.
  • The Who

    The Who
    The Who released their all music feature film based on their 1969 rock opera, Tommy.
  • The Old Grey Whistle Test

    The Old Grey Whistle Test
    The old Grey Whistle Test, a long-running British rock music show, produced many pioneering videos especially for the show. This included Frank Zappa's 'City of Tiny Lights'.
  • David Bowie

    David Bowie
    David Bowie had achieved his first UK number 1 after nearly a decade thanks to his directors eye catching promotion for 'Ashes to Ashes', David Mallet.
  • MTV

    MTV
    In 1981, The US Music video channel MTV was launched, airing 'Video killed the radio star'. This was the start of an era of 24 hour a day music video channels.
  • Michael Jackosn

    Michael Jackosn
    In 1983, the most iconic and influential music video was released, Michael Jackson's Thriller. A nearly 14 minute long music video
  • VH1

    VH1
    MTV launched a new music channel, VH1. This was to cater for older people as it featured softer music.
  • Directors

    Directors
    In 1992, MTV began listing directors with the song artists and credits. Directors like Hype Williams got their start around this time
  • Expense

    Expense
    In 1995, two of the most expensive music videos were made, these were Michael and Janet Jackson's 'Scream' and Madonna's 'Bedtime Story'.
  • Youtube

    Youtube
    Youtube was released which made viweing music videos much easier. This was a good way of artists gaining more sales as viewers had easy access.