Before MTV We Had Solid Gold

Remember way back when… the main way to get your top of the charts music was the radio, from Casey Kasem if you were discerning. Music on TV was already a staple of the televised airwaves but was mostly only ever performed on variety shows and programs geared around dancing. From time to time you could catch a traditional music video on a talk show but that was about it. Enter Solid gold.

In the year 1979, a pilot episode was released to test the waters, Then in 1980 the program In the beginning, Dionne Warwick hosted the first season of Solid Gold with co-stars comedian Marty Cohen. When Warwick left the series, Marilyn McCoo and Andy Gibb were tapped as co-hosts and puppeteer Wayland Flowers. Solid Gold had many hosts but a constant was the Solid Gold Dancers, although those faces changed as well.

The Solid Gold Dancers

Solid Gold went on weekly for eight years, and honestly I am shocked that it made it that far. Music video programs were a staple by 1983, Friday Night Videos on NBC being a personal favorite, and MTV became a juggernaut in the industry. The early days of the show are something that I remember fondly. Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night” sticks out in my mind specifically. I can recall the flavor of the show but other than the Eddie Rabbitt performance I don’t have any other specifics to hang my memories on. What I do know is that I was a regular viewer by the time I was in the sixth grade (1980-81) and it introduced me to some artists that I probably wouldn’t have gotten into.

Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo
Marilyn McCoo

Oh, plus I had a bit of a crush on Marilyn McCoo. She was always a delight to watch every week, and her voice was enchanting.

Feel free to browse my Multiverse Music Television playlist on YouTube.

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