The music video format has been around so long that most modern country artists began their career with one. Even some of the veterans from the era before music video now have decades of clips to their credit.
I thought it would be fun to compare the first clip of an artist to their most recent, since it lends itself so well to embedded video in the comments.
First up: Dolly Parton.
She released her first music video in the late seventies, accompanying her cover of The Beatles classic “Help!” in 1979:
Thirty years later, her most recent clip is for her current single “Backwoods Barbie.” I'd argue it's her strongest music video ever, by quite a wide margin:
Dolly Parton's video career spans thirty years. Alan Jackson's spans twenty years. His first video was released in 1989, for “Blue Blooded Woman.” It preceded his breakthrough hit “Here in the Real World.” I imagine if the singles were released in a different order, this could have been a big hit:
His most recent clip, “Sissy's Song” shows how much he's grown as an artist.
I think the first Pam Tillis video, “Killer Comfort”, is beyond description. It was the lead single from her 1983 pop album Above & Beyond
the Doll of Cutey, which receives its first CD release on June 9:
24 years later, she was still wandering around downtown, but this time she was singing about the “Band in the Window”:
Share your favorite pair of then & now country videos in the comments. You can embed videos in two ways:
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From CMT.com, copy the embed code under your video of choice, and paste it into the comment box. You can search for videos on the CMT site here.
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