Music, like breathing, has become an integral part of daily life. It can bring joy and happiness into a person’s life or serve as a reminder of the difficulties they have overcome. It is a conduit to one’s soul; most of the time, music transports us to a state of immense serenity. William Shakespeare is even credited with writing an amazing ode to music, “If music is the food of love, play on.” Give me an abundance of it; that overabundance. The appetite may become ill and die as a result.”
In short, music has been with us through our ups and downs, our losses and victories, our darkest and brightest times. Here are a few of music’s most significant events.
The Beatles featured in The Ed Sullivan Show
The Beatles, dubbed “The Fab Four” by some fans, are a four-piece band comprised of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In 1963, the group dominated the UK music scene; they are best known for attracting young women to their concerts. A year later, The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, catalyzing their degree of fame in the United States. Following that, they led the so-called British Invasion of the American music scene, producing more complex records such as Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, among others. They’ve also appeared in documentaries like Let It Be, The Beatles Anthology, and The Beatles: Get Back, to name a few.
Music Television Network’s Contribution to the Industry
Before MTV took credit for airing The Buggles’ music video, Video Killed the Radio Star, at midnight on August 1, 1981, music was only available at record stores and radio stations. All of this, however, changed after MTV’s debut. It is worth noting that the grandiose nature of the launch did not last long: top charts and bantering disc jockeys did not keep people interested. Back then, music videos were thought to be shallow and often repetitive. The channel rose to prominence after featuring rhythm and blues artists in their broadcasts, emphasizing the importance of television exposure in catalyzing an artist’s success. MTV is credited with popularizing Michael Jackson’s Beat It and Billie Jean. Madonna, Duran Duran, ZZ Top, Tina Turner, and Peter Gabriel were among the artists who followed.
Transcending Time and Space: The Moonwalk
Michael Jackson’s “moonwalk” was first seen more than three decades ago on the television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, near the end of his famous hit Billie Jean. In the present day, the “moonwalk” has withstood the tyranny of time and remains relevant. Michael Jackson’s success was perhaps written in the stars because he was born into music. Jackson was able to redefine pop and rock music with his immense degree of artistry, and he went on to become a global sensation as a result. Michael Jackson was dubbed the “King of Pop” for his contributions to the craft, which enabled him to become the most successful entertainer of all time.
The Mercurial Freddie Mercury
Whether you became a fan of Queen before or after the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, it is worth noting that their frontman Freddy Mercury has achieved such a degree of greatness that his life has been the subject of documentaries and films such as Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God and the aforementioned Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Mercury went on to form Queen with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor. The band had performed over 700 live shows and had hit singles such as We Are the Champions and Another One Bites the Dust. Despite being one of the industry’s most respected artists, Freddie Mercury’s success was not without its challenges. Despite a string of setbacks, the band has continued to make headlines and has worked with U2, David Bowie, Elton John, and Madonna, among others.