Last week, on May 9, 2020, famed rock star and songwriter, Little Richard passed away. Often nicknamed "The Architect of Rock and Roll", he wrote some of the most memorable rock songs of the Golden Era, including “Tutti-Frutti”, "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "Long Tall Sally."
If you're a millennial like myself, you probably recognize his sultry voice as the one providing the main vocals for "The Magic School Bus" theme. Or perhaps you've heard some of his popular songs while being forced to listen to the oldies radio station by your parents or grandparents.
However, if you watched Disney Channel in the late 80s/early 90s, you've probably heard his songs accompanying music videos on a popular segment: DTV.
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DTV, the name being an obvious play on MTV, was a musical segment that aired between shows featuring music videos that played both classic and contemporary rock music over footage from Disney shorts and movies.
Obviously, nowadays, anyone with video-editing software like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie can create their own music videos by splicing together random clips over their favorite music. However, when this segment started airing, such music videos were not as easy to make, and thus these videos were considered a novelty.
From 1984 up until the early 2000s, these music videos aired on the Disney Channel and were even featured in compilation videos on VHS and Laserdisc. Of the many artists featured in these videos were Little Richard, whose songs were played in two video. Watch for yourself:
"Long Tall Sally":