The Super Bowl Halftime show has been a thing since the ’60s, however up until the ’90s, they primarily used marching bands and drill teams to provide the halftime entertainment.
Ella Fitzgerald and Carol Channing were the first celebrity singers to perform the Super Bowl halftime show in 1972, but ultimately the Super Bowl halftime show was not the spectacle that it is today until 1991.
In 1991 everything changed… pop group New Kids On The Block took the the stage, followed by Gloria Estefan in ’92 and Michael Jackson in 1993.
And then in 1994, on this very day, in what was dubbed “Rockin’ Country Sunday,” the performers included country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and The Judds.
Clint Black opened it up with “Tuckered Out,” and Tanya Tucker followed it up with “It’s A Little Too Late,” before Tritt too the stage with “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.”
Wynonna followed it up with “No One Else On Earth” and then was joined by Naomi and the rest of the group for “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
Of course, Shania Twain would get a shot with rock band No Doubt in 2003, but other than that, it’s slim pickens for country music at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
The following year in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s infamous wardrobe malfunction would set off a chain of “safe” classic rock artists for the next handful of years.
And this year, we’ll see a group of rap legends, including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Eminem, as well as Kendrick Lamar and the great Mary J. Blige.
But 28 years ago today, Tanya and Clint and company gave the one football-watching world one helluva show.