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Music Video Through History

  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    Edison invents the gramophone in the USA: first shift from music as a solely live and audiovisual experience to record audio on various forms of disc
  • Oskar Fischinger

    Oskar Fischinger
    Fischinger experiments with sound/vision synchronisation on film
  • Alan Crosland

    Alan Crosland
    First sound film, The Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland, USA)
  • Soundies

    Creation of the ‘soundies’
  • Panarom

    Introduction of the Panarom, this was a massive projector
  • MGM

    Peak period of MGM Hollywood musical
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley records That’s All Right (Mama)
  • Jukebox

    The Scopitone, which is a type of jukebox, was introduced in France
  • Ready Steady Go

    Ready Steady Go
    UK’s first music TV programme, Ready Steady Go (ITV)
  • Top Of The Pops

    Top Of The Pops
    Top of the Pops TV programme begins (BBC)
  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night
    The Beatles release the film and album, A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester, UK)
  • The Monkees'

    The Monkees'
    The Monkees’ TV show starts on NBC in the USA
  • Penny Lane And Strawberry Fields Forever

    Penny Lane And Strawberry Fields Forever
    The Beatles release TV promos for Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody (Bruce Gowers)
  • Saturday Night Fever

    Saturday Night Fever
    Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, USA)
  • Video Killed The Radio Star

    Video Killed The Radio Star
    Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (Russell Mulcahy)
  • Ashes To Ashes

    Ashes To Ashes
    David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (David Mallet and David Bowie)
  • Nickelodeon

    Pop Clips on Nickelodeon, here we see tapping into the consumer audience, targeting a younger generation
  • MTV

    MTV starts
  • Girls On Film

    Girls On Film
    Duran Duran: Girls on Film (Kevin Godley and Lol Creme)
  • Thriller

    Michael Jackson: Thriller (john Landis)
  • Country Music Television

    Country Music Television
    Beginning of Country Music Television (CMT), expanding to wider genres
  • Music Box

    Music Box
    Music Box starts in Europe
  • MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards
    MTV Video Music Awards launched
  • VH1

    VH1 begins; the focus starts to become more on the video instead of the music, more money is being put into the industry
  • Viacom

    MTV taken over by Viacom
  • Live Aid

    Live Aid
    Live Aid
  • Money For Nothing

    Money For Nothing
    Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (Steve Barron) is top video
  • MTV-Europe

    MTV-Europe (MTV-E) launched, broadcasting to 1.6 million homes
  • Sledgehammer

    Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (Stephen Johnson), wins best director award
  • MTV-Europe

    MTV-Europe achieves 3.5 million subscribers
  • MTV-Europe

    MTV-Europe reaches 6.7 million homes
  • Moscow Peace Festival

    Moscow Peace Festival
    Live broadcast from Moscow Peace Festival
  • Express Yourself

    Express Yourself
    Madonna: Express Yourself (David Fincher), wins best director award
  • Vogue

    Madonna: Vogue (David Fincher), wins best director award
  • MTV-Unplugged

    Launch of MTV-Unplugged
  • Justify My Love

    Justify My Love
    Madonna: Justify My Love (Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
  • Everybody Hurts

    Everybody Hurts
    REM: Everybody Hurts (Jake Scott), wins best director award
  • VH1 In UK

    VH1 In UK
    Launch of VH1 in UK
  • MTV-Europe Music Awards

    MTV-Europe Music Awards
    Launch of MTV-Europe Music Awards
  • MTV UK And Ireland

    MTV UK And Ireland
    MTV UK and Ireland launches as stand-alone channel
  • Praise You

    Praise You
    Fatboy Slim: Praise you (Spike Jonze), wins best director award