I grew up in a house full of music, thanks to my Dad, who loved to sing and enjoyed a variety of musical genres. I played piano and most of my siblings played one or more musical instruments, so tunes infused my life from early on.
The first music video I remember was Nancy Sinatra singing her famous song, These Boots Were Made For Walking. It came out in 1966 (I was very young) and was #1 in the USA and the UK. Listen to the lyrics – what a hoot!
I saw this remarkable early video in a restaurant lobby. There was a special jukebox that had a TV or projection screen. I watched, mesmerized, as a video of Sinatra strutting her stuff and singing that great song unfolded before me.
Most of the dancers had ratted hairdos, long sweater shirts and black undies, white lipstick, and heavy dark eyeliner. (It was the 60’s fashion) You know, go-go girls! They all wore boots, but Nancy’s were leather, knee-high kickers.
The song was a big hit and the video showcased the seduction. Yes, I said seduction.
I’d never seen anything like it before, except on variety TV programs like The Ed Sullivan Show. He introduced American audiences to the likes of The Beatles, along with many other rising stars of the time. Small beans, I know.
The next most memorable music video for me was
The Cars Dire Straits singing their famous song I Want My MTV. They helped put MTV on the map, when their new format was all music videos, all the time. It was a radical programming move for 1980. That’s not the case today, but I imagine many readers of the younger persuasion first saw music videos through this venue.
As for Ms. Sinatra? No entertainer today has anything over Nancy and her walking boots. Her video was considered risque’ for the time. Yet, it was a lesson in seduction, without the nudity, vile language, and explicit body movements you see too much of today.
To this day, These Boots Were Made For Walking is the most memorable music video for me. Whether it was the novelty of it or my youthful innocence, Nancy Sinatra rocked those boots like none other!
How about you? What (or who?) was the most memorable music video you watched?
PS – I learned a valuable lesson here. Always check the facts before posting in case my memory is off, which in this case, it was. Thanks to Pegoleg for correcting my facts. Sheesh…