You can rattle off the stats of your favorite teams and probably know more about your favorite players than their own parents do. But do you know when the first Super Bowl took place? How about the first Super Bowl halftime show? Who was the first super star to entertain us during a Super Bowl halftime performance and in which year did it take place?
According to www.nfl.com, the very first Super Bowl took on January 15, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs – Green Bay dominated Kansas City with a score of 35-10. There was a halftime show but not a halftime show like you are used to today. From 1967-1987 Super Bowl halftime shows featured cheesy entertainment from college or military marching bands and high school drill teams. Awesome NFL Super Bowl shows didn’t start until 1988:
Super Bowl XXII – Chubby Checker
Super Bowl XXII in 1988 was when the NFL upped their halftime show performance with a Radio City production entitled “Something Grand” by Chubby Checker, the Rockettes, and 88 grand pianos. Chubby Checker was the first legitimate star to grace the Super Bowl halftime football field with the hit song “Let’s Twist Again”.
Super Bowl XXV – The New Kids on the Block
It wasn’t until Superbowl XXV in 1991 that we would see super star presence during a Super Bowl halftime show again. Disney left us in awe with “A Small World Salute the 25 Years of Superbowl” featuring the infamous New Kids on the Block. A recreated Disney Castle was the set for NKOTB as they performed their smash hits “Step By Step” and “This One’s For the Children”.
Super Bowl XXVII – Michael Jackson
In 1993, during Superbowl XXVII, Michael Jackson’s performance thrilled and amazed the world. Radio City produced an epic show entitled “Heal the World” after MJ’s mega hit, which featured 3,500 local children singing along to the lyrics.
Super Bowl XXX – Diana Ross
In 1996, Diana Ross “stopped” the Super Bowl “in the name of love” when she took off in a helicopter at the end of her set! Ross captivated the audience with a throw back to the Supreme’s “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love”. Again, Radio City produced another memorable Super Bowl halftime show entitled “Take Me Higher – 30 Years of Super Bowl”.
Super Bowl XXXVIII – Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Who could forget in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake shocked the planet during MTV’s production of “Rock the Vote” during Superbowl XXXVIII? Janet Jackson’s nipple took center stage and completely trumped any songs that they sang that day.