Women of Super Bowl Halftimes
This is a special installment of Advanced TV Herstory, a podcast that focuses on Women in and of TV. We’re bringing you another seasonal show, complete with unscripted live-viewing.
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Today we’re going to view Super Bowl Halftime Shows that featured women performers. Listeners who also hail from a state where the NFL team has lost in all four Super Bowl attempts can appreciate the half time show as the Switzerland moment of a late winter’s evening.
Hmmm. No, I really haven’t been following the game. I’ve been talking with the other women who are in this house awaiting half-time so the next course of carbs and calories can be served. Oh yeah, wow let’s watch one more time how that ball really was caught before the player’s foot, no wait in, out. It’s gonna take another 3 or 4 minutes to really get a good look at this important piece of American history. Tell me when it’s halftime.
That was sarcasm. And this installment features the color commentary of M. Susan Noleen (who can hurl sarcasm with the best of ‘em) who’ll join me in a splendid look at halftimes past and the women featured therein. Due to time constraints and the evolution of the halftime show, we are only going to view six halftime shows that are available on Youtube. Also, again in part due to time constraints, we are omitting performances by major artists like Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Brittany Spears and Carol Channing because they either performed as a medley of talent or in the case of Ms. Channing, the video just isn’t available.
So listeners, if you’ve got an old Super 8 film of the halftime shows from 1970 or ’72, think of it as the Zapruder film. Wouldn’t it be simply fascinating to see Carol Channing, 5’9 inches tall, stage and screen legend, join up with the Southern University Marching Band and U.S. Marine Corps Drill team, respectively, for some old fashioned American entertainment?
If you produce a podcast about this stuff, then yes, it would be fascinating. Please, send me your Zapruder film. Let’s talk.
Alas, Susan and I will start in 1982 with the Up With People performance. Two shows in the 90s featured women in sort of lead roles, 1992 was the salute to the Winter Olympics. Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano skated and toward the end, Gloria Estefan sang – or should I say synched. We’ll talk more about that later. The format became more focused on a single act in 1996 with Diana Ross.
Then we’ll view the 2003 halftime stage that featured Shania Twain and No Doubt, led by Gwen Stefani. If that’s not an odd enough pairing, Sting also had a piece of that show.
Finally, the shows of the 2010s that featured women that we’ll view – Madonna’s in 2012 and Beyonce and Destiny’s Child in 2013.
With that, I’d like to welcome Susan, an English teacher by day and a highly trained observer of all things pop culture, 24/7. And she’s got tremendous energy that makes me think her next career may just be with Up With People.
Unscripted viewing audio follows