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35 years ago today: MTV launched

1 August 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“I want my MTV.” 35 years ago, MTV launched, at 12:01 a.m. Et, with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” paired with footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Three years later, that opening image inspired the statuette handed out at the first VMAs, the MTV moonman. MTV has morphed a lot in the past 35 years, from the line-up of music videos popularizing a whole new element of the music industry that “killed the radio star,” to today’s programming of reality shows and teen-aimed scripted series like Teen Wolf and Awkward. Other notable August 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1944: Wilson, about President Woodrow Wilson, premiered in New York. It went on to earn five Oscars. • 1960: Aretha Franklin recorded her first non-gospel songs, “Today I Sing The Blues,” “Over The Rainbow,” “Love Is The Only Thing,” and “Right Now” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. »

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