Story Filed: Thursday, January 09, 2003 1:59 PM EST
NEW YORK, Jan 9, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — From Michael Jackson’s moonwalk on Motown 25 to Madonna’s sexually charged performance of “Like a Virgin” at the first MTV VMA’s, music on television has come a long way since Elvis first shook his pelvis in primetime.
Hosted by “Saturday Night Live’s” Molly Shannon, VH1 and TV Guide’s “100 Moments That Rocked TV” count down those unforgettable moments when rock music and television combined to make entertainment history in a five-hour, five-night special, premiering Monday, January 13, through Friday, January 17, from 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) each night. The chosen 100 Moments also appear in TV Guide’s January 11th issue (on newsstands January 6).
Following in the tradition of VH1’s hit “100 Greatest” specials, “100 Moments That Rocked TV” features archival clips and classic performances, plus exclusive new interviews including Dick Clark, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Smothers, David Cassidy, Barry Williams, John Corbett, Davy Jones, Ice Cube, Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Rowland, Heart, Chris Isaak, Leann Rimes, Vanessa Carlton, Snoop Dogg, Richie Sambora and Ashanti, among others.
Viewers can log onto: Photos and Games to see photos of TV’s most rockin’ events, play a trivia game and check out the full countdown with extensive artist info. Fans can also vote for what they think is the top music moment that rocked TV beginning on Monday, January 13 at TV Guide Online ( TV Guide OnLine)
The complete list of VH1’s “100 Moments That Rocked TV” is attached.
“100 Moments That Rocked TV” is a VH1 production. Executive Producers are Robert Weiss, Bernie Kaminski and Janice Kaplan; supervising producer Tom Kaniewski.
MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.
1 BILL CLINTON plays sax on THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW
2 MICHAEL JACKSON debuts the moonwalk on MOTOWN 25
3 THE BEATLES perform on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW — first televised
U.S. live performance
4 MTV is launched
5 ELVIS stages his famous “comeback special” on NBC
6 THE OSBOURNES debut on MTV
7 AMERICAN BANDSTAND — pioneering rock music series hosted by
8 EMINEM & ELTON JOHN controversial Grammy Awards performance of
9 MICHAEL JACKSON’s “Thriller” video premieres
10 AMERICAN IDOL — a TV talent contest with a 1 million dollar
recording contract at stake
11 MADONNA’s sexually charged performance of “Like A Virgin” at
1st MTV VMA’s. (VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS)
12 WHITNEY HOUSTON sings the “Star Spangled Banner” during THE
13 STING / PUFF DADDY eulogize Notorious B.I.G. in song at MTV
14 NIRVANA UNPLUGGED — one of the band’s final TV appearances
15 Saturday Night Live: Joe Cocker & John Belushi as Joe Cocker
16 JOHN LENNON and YOKO ONO co-host a week of THE MIKE DOUGLAS
17 THE WHO destroy instruments on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY
18 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK debuts on ABC’s Saturday-morning schedule
19 CONCERT FOR NEW YORK / A TRIBUTE TO HEROES
20 SONNY AND CHER reunite for the last time on LATE NIGHT WITH
21 THE SIMPSONS — Homerpalooza — alternative rock festival gets
the Simpsons send-up
22 ELTON JOHN performs his remake of “Candle in the Wind” at
Princess Diana’s funeral
23 COCA-COLA hilltop commercial “I’d Like To Teach The World To
24 ELVIS is shot from the waist up on ED SULLIVAN
25 FRIENDS — Phoebe sings “Smelly Cat”
26 LIVE-AID seen around the world by an estimated 1.5 Billion
27 THE MONKEES — TV series premieres on NBC
28 Rock meets rap when AEROSMITH / RUN DMC VIDEO “Walk This Way”
29 Saturday Night Live — “King Tut” performed by Steve Martin
30 DAVID BOWIE sings “Little Drummer Boy” with BING CROSBY
31 COSBY SHOW — “Happy Anniversary” episode
32 SINEAD O’CONNOR rips Pope’s picture on Saturday Night Live
33 MONTY PYTHON — “The Lumberjack Song”
34 ERIC CLAPTON UNPLUGGED – Clapton goes acoustic
35 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS w/ music by Vince Guaraldi
36 I LOVE LUCY — Desi Arnaz performs “BABALU.”
37 THE DOORS rebel against CBS censors on ED SULLIVAN
38 MIAMI VICE debuts on NBC
39 JENNIFER LOPEZ wears revealing dress to Grammy Awards
40 SOUTH PARK — irreverent musical moments
41 BEATLES perform “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” ON THE BBC — 1st Global
42 MTV Movie Awards MIKE MYERS does Lord of the Dance parody
43 ALL IN THE FAMILY — SAMMY DAVIS JR. drops by The Bunkers
44 BEHIND THE MUSIC premieres
45 McDonald’s “You Deserve A Break Today” A jingle for all ages.
46 JOHN LENNON appears on Monday Night Football. Six years later
HOWARD COSELL broadcast’s news of his death.
47 TONIGHT SHOW — BETTE MIDLER sings for host JOHNNY CARSON as
his last guest.
48 THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY premieres on ABC
49 ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII — The King is beamed around the world
to 1 billion viewers.
50 MADONNA defends “Justify My Love” on NIGHTLINE after video is
banned by MTV
51 Hawaii Five-O TV theme song
52 A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS — Heat Miser and Snow Miser
53 NIRVANA’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” airs on MTV
54 SEINFELD — Elaine dances
55 THE HONEYMOONERS — Ed and Ralph do “The Hucklebuck”
56 Saturday Night Live — LORNE MICHAELS offers the BEATLES $3
thousand to reunite, they almost do.
57 BOB DYLAN gets upstaged by performance crasher SOY BOMB at
58 THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR — Will Smith brings hip-hop to
59 Will & Grace — Sean Hayes tries to outdo guest star CHER.
60 DIANA ROSS performs in Central Park in a dramatic driving rain
61 FAMILY TIES — Alex & Ellen’s song “At This Moment” by Billy
Vera to become a #1 hit
62 Rock meets country as BOB DYLAN and JOHNNY CASH perform on THE
JOHNNY CASH SHOW.
63 MILLI VANILLI sing live on ARSENIO HALL’S show after being
stripped of their Grammy Award
64 MY NAME IS BARBRA — TV viewers get their first extended look
at the brilliant Barbra Streisand.
65 NIRVANA opens the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards – backstage
dramatics and a head-banging performance literally.
66 U2’s American TV debut on TOMORROW with TOM SNYDER
67 RICKY NELSON launches his career with a performance on OZZIE
68 WHAT’S HAPPENING — the DOOBIE BROTHERS guest star
69 VH1 DIVAS LIVE — ARETHA FRANKLIN shows why she is Diva #1
during this live concert broadcast/
70 DICK CAVETT SHOW – post Woodstock broadcast features Joni
Mitchell’s American TV debut.
71 MADONNA wears out the censors swearing on LATE SHOW WITH DAVID
72 MICHAEL JACKSON denies child molestation charges in live 4
73 TINY TIM weds Miss Vicki on Johnny Carson’s TONIGHT SHOW
74 DEVO meets Sarah Jessica Parker on SQUARE PEGS
75 SESAME STREET’S Kermit sings “It’s not Easy Being Green”
76 DR PEPPER commercial jingle “Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper
77 SOLID GOLD — TV gets in-step
78 JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS — debut of all girl cartoon band who
play their own instruments
79 VANILLA ICE freaks out and destroys the studio when his video
is “retired” by MTV
80 Saturday Night Live — Hard rocking AEROSMITH appear in a
Wayne’s World sketch.
81 William Shatner’s interpretation of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”
82 ALLY McBEAL — musical guest star Gloria Gaynor
83 MTV Video Music Awards – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s TIM
COMMERFORD arrested for scaling set / BRITNEY SPEARS rips off
her clothes in a scandalous performance.
84 THE SIMPSONS — Michael Jackson lends his voice to the
celebrated animated series.
85 JAMES BROWN keeps the peace by performing a televised concert
following MLK, Jr.’s assassination
86 KISS is unmasked on MTV.
87 THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR premieres
88 FRANK SINATRA is cut short during his Lifetime Achievement
acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards.
89 THE BRADY BUNCH — the Bunch’s rise to stardom is sidetracked
by Peter’s changing voice.
90 SUPERBOWL XXXVI — U2 performs at halftime — 9/11 tribute
91 Saturday Night Live: comedic visionary Andy Kaufman sings
92 THE RUTLES — ALL YOU NEED IS CASH — the Beatles get the
send-up in this mockumentary
93 COURTNEY LOVE and MADONNA at Video Music Awards
94 ELVIS made-for-TV movie with Kurt Russell as The King
95 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER — all musical episode “Once More with
96 PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED wreak havoc on AMERICAN BANDSTAND
97 GAP commercials — Swing campaign “Jump, Jive & Wail”
98 STAR SEARCH — BRITNEY SPEARS and others make TV debut.
99 COP ROCK — a musical twist on the age old Police Drama
100 MARIAH CAREY melts down and strips during an unscheduled
appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live.