“Video Killed the Radio Star” is a song that tells the story of a singer who has their career cut short by the introduction of television. The song reached number 1 in a number of different countries and made the top 100 in the United States. The music video for the song has the distinction of being the first music video to be shown on MTV in the United States where it played on August 1st, 1981 at 12:01 am. If you have ever wondered who sang this iconic song, keep reading to find out.
Who Sang “Video Killed the Radio Star”?
“Video Killed the Radio Star” was written in 1979 by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley. Although Woolley left to form a new band shortly after writing the song, Horn and Downes went on to form the British band “The Buggles.” They recorded the song and released it as their debut single on September 7th, 1979. The single was sung by Trevor Horn, with Debi Doss and Linda Jardim (Linda Allan) providing the background vocals.
Many cover versions and parodies of the song have been performed since it was first released. One of the best known cover versions of the song was released in 1998 by the rock band “The Presidents of the United States of America” as a part of soundtrack for the movie “The Wedding Singer.” They later released the single, a music video, and also included it on their album Rarities.