Superbowl 1967

On this week after Super Bowl XLVI, that is 46 for the Roman-Numeral-Challenged, it is fun to take a look back at the first Super Bowl played in Los Angeles on January 15, 1967. In life before Facebook, Twitter, Web sites and online updates, 61,000 fans filed into Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 10. The game was not sold out and editorials were running in newspapers saying that the $12 ticket price was “exorbitant.”

Both NBC and CBS simulcast the game. With no concept of a to come, both networks “wiped” the videotape to be reused for other content. Only bits and pieces of that game exists for sports historians. Here is a clip put together as an overview. Be sure to see the cheerleaders and marching bands at the beginning of the clip:

The halftime show included the marching bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling State University (Louisiana). The featured artist was Al Hirt, an American trumpeter who was well known for playing the theme to the 1960s TV series “Green Hornet.”
Since there is no video of Al Hirt playing at halftime, here he is performing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1963 in what we can only imagine might have been similar to his Super Bowl show:

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