Tami Danielson

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Jun 28, 2020
On January 1, 1985, MTV’s parent corporation launched a new music video network aimed at building upon what the original music channel had created, but it focused on a slightly older demographic. When VH1 first came into existence, it was all about music videos and music shows. Favorites like “Behind the Music”, “VH1 Legends”, “Best Week Ever”, and “Pop-Up Video” kept us up long past our bedtime. The anticipation of what was to come was always such a thrill to us music lovers. “Behind the Music” in particular, was truly the forerunner to today’s biopics about the people and bands we loved from the 60s to the 90s, and beyond.

A brief history on the show: “Behind the Music” came to be after Paul Gallagher and George Moll produced a one-hour special entitled “Dying in Vein” which first aired on VH1 in December 1996. While “Dying in Vein” was a magazine-style show, its approach to storytelling served as the prototype for “Behind the Music.” A short-lived half-hour spin-off series...

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