MTV Original Broadcast 8/1/1981

  • Published on:  Friday, July 29, 2011
  • I do not own the rights to this video. It is owned by MTV. I am simply posting this for people to see how great MTV was and for you to see how it all started.

    On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack, and played over footage of the launch of Apollo 11. Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching classical tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the flag featuring MTV's logo changing various colors, textures, and designs.
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  • Michael L

    Michael L

     2 days ago

    Video may have kill the radio star but realty tv quashed the video star (and not for the better)

  • broughham


     4 days ago

    I didnโ€™t get MTV for almost 7 years. On my cable system MTV wasnโ€™t available for free. It was a pay TV service and mom and dad didnโ€™t want to spend the extra money to get MTV so no MTV in my house for almost 7 years when music videos were real good.

  • J M

    J M

     6 days ago

    I remember they wouldn't play baby's got back from Sir Mix-A-Lot until after 9 p.m. at night because the girls were "shaking it like it was hot" in the video.

  • Mooseluver mooseluver

    Mooseluver mooseluver

     7 days ago

    MTV is a joke now. Sad

  • Eli Thurston

    Eli Thurston

     7 days ago

    Nice! Takes me back...Video Killed the Radio Star...remember when MTV showed just...videos?

  • Jonathan June

    Jonathan June

     21 days ago


  • Teresa Latiolais

    Teresa Latiolais

     1 months ago

    Cant believe its been so long ago, still miss the old the new one is no longer MTV, its a shell of its former self

  • Gary Gutierrez

    Gary Gutierrez

     1 months ago

    I was 14. ...14!!! 81-86 The best and worst years of my life. Glad I lived it! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ––๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Matthew


     1 months ago

    Used to be good, now is s#it

  • Mr.Classic


     1 months ago

    That moment were History was Made too bad today its filled With Teen Moms and Catfish

  • rich52569


     1 months ago +2

    Just like all things - progressiveness eventually turned MTV into something no one is interested in or likes. The same can be said for the current โ€œanti American โ€œ attitude sweeping across America in 2019. Pushing the envelope just to push it - especially when itโ€™s not needed.

  • Max Zilion

    Max Zilion

     2 months ago

    Mtv brasil!!

  • Justin Fencsak

    Justin Fencsak

     2 months ago +1

    How did mtv get permission from NASA to use the footage ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Tony Sajkowski

    Tony Sajkowski

     2 months ago

    Definitly spent many hours in front of tv watching this

  • eric holder

    eric holder

     2 months ago +1

    MTV is a cesspool today of utter complete shit. Iโ€™m truly surprised they are still around.

  • CaptainNintendo2


     3 months ago

    My Dad saw this on the tv in college and he was blown away

  • Harry Prater

    Harry Prater

     3 months ago

    MTV....who ????

  • Chavis Jones

    Chavis Jones

     3 months ago +2

    You're totally lit if you grew up in a different era when MTV used to play music videos 24/7 as well as video countdowns. You couldn't wait until you got home to catch up some fresh interviews of then new realest artists and/or groups and a world premiere video. When music videos be playing, you would hit that record button to tape them via VCR so you wouldn't miss any of your favorite videos. There was so many to choose from. The mainstream was too real.

  • petnzme01


     3 months ago +1

    Now? MTV is shit.. the music is fucking pathetic...

  • Joe Ciccone

    Joe Ciccone

     3 months ago

    Mtv was cool at one time. I'm gonna go take a crap.