One of the very first music videos was the one Sedaka make for "Calendar Girl." Many movies staged performance numbers that could qualify as videos, and Ricky Nelson sang "Travelin' Man
" over travel footage on The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet
, but Sedaka's video was a standalone production made for video jukeboxes that were showing up around Europe. The company that made these machines, Scopitone, commissioned the videos so they would have something to show. Sedaka's was one of the most intricate, and certainly one of the most entertaining.
Scopitones didn't didn't show up in America until 1964. They were placed in bars, so footage of beautiful women went over well. Sedaka's video, made in 1966, is pure cheesecake, with four blonde beauties playing the calendar girls for each verse, dressed in male-fantasywear like showgirl or Playboy bunny (for April, because Easter). Sedaka does a lot of leering in the video, but it's far more campy than lascivious. Late in his career, Sedaka played the video at his concerts, which always went over well with his audience.