MTV was born today, 1981

On August 1, 1981 the music business changed.  From that day on we would watch music as well as just listen to it.

MTV launched with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” spoken by John Lack, and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch of Columbia which took place earlier that year.

I recall watching all of this live, as a young boy.  Even as an inexperienced kid, I knew music would never be the same after seeing this.

Here’s a video of the launching of MTV on that day, and the first ever music video played on the air.

This was the very first music video played.


Here’s a list of the first 200 videos played on MTV that day in 1981.

A lot has changed in the music business since 1981 but what hasn’t changed is the music fan still wants to see their favorite artists perform their favorite songs.

Musicians:  Make a video!  Your fans want it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *