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Monday, March 22, 2004

Cardio killed the video star

When I saw that Prince has been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I was reminded that I'm getting up there in years. But with the news today that J.J. Jackson (second left), one of the original MTV VJ's, has died of a heart attack, I'm feeling positively ancient.

Jackson, who was 62, was one of five hosts in the original cable format that brought us the classics of the music video era in the early '80s. After Prince shocked us all with "Little Red Corvette," J.J. would segue us right into Patty Smyth doing "Goodbye to You," and Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You." With the MTV flag being planted on the moon every so often throughout the day.

I remember when "oldies" meant the Five Satins. Now it means Van Halen. Yikes.

Can you name the four surviving original MTV VJs?

Comments (6)

Hunter Quinn Blackwood Goodwin...

Too easy! But you're slightly off on one name there...

Yeah I dated a Goodwin ... Goodman.

for some reason i keep thinking Adam Curry was a VJ.

Mark Curry was a VJ from 87-95. Here is his website.


there are good stories about his mtv years.

DOH!! I meant Adam Curry.

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