For whatever reason, I have always been fascinated by the “first” of things.
So I thought I’d spend some time searching the web and looking for some historic firsts in the world of music. I’m sure there are many other categories I could come up with, but the ones shown below will do for now. For awards shows, I selected what is considered to be the most prestigious award for those shows.
- Video Killed the Radio Star (1981)
- Album: The Eagles’ “Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” (1976)
- Single: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady” (1976)
- The Music From Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini (1958)
- Male: Eddy Arnold (1967)
- Female: Loretta Lynn (1972)
- The Cars for the video “You Might Think” (1984)
- Birth of a Nation (1915)
- The date and origin of the first device considered a musical instrument is disputed. The oldest object that some scholars refer to as a musical instrument, a simple flute, dates back as far as 67,000 years.
- Most historians point to “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” an ode to the goddess Nikkal that was composed in cuneiform by the ancient Hurrians sometime around the 14th century B.C. for the title of oldest extant song.
- The first-ever piece of music to be recorded was the French folk song “Au clair de la lune”, sung by . He recorded it on April 9th, 1860, using his invention, the
- Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega
At some point, I may add to this list. Items to add may include
- first person/group inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- first song played on American Bandstand
- first group to perform at halftime of a Super Bowl
If anyone has any interesting firsts related to music, I’d love to hear them!