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January 23, 2022 11:00 am  #1

Before Music Videos There Were Scopitones

I first heard of Scopitones when a guy hosting an all night show in Toronto started showing some of them in the wee hours, when few were watching. 

They were a sort of early music video jukeboxes, featuring the stars of the time, usually surrounded by attractive or scantily-clad young women. The technology actually goes back a long way, but when TV and other technology came in, they were virtually wiped out. If you've never experienced a Scopitone, you're in for a treat. Here's a site that outlines the history of this now dead medium. 

Scopitone: '60s Music Videos You've Never Seen

Meanwhile, the old videos are all over YouTube. Here are two of the most famous: Neil Sedaka singing "Calendar Girl," and Nancy Sinatra with "These Boots Are Made For Walking." Two great songs performed in the cheesiest manner possible.


Last edited by aflem (January 23, 2022 11:02 am)


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