The History of Sisomo - 1926-1950
Walk the Walk…
When audiences sit down to enjoy the feature Don Juan in 1926, none of them know they are attending the first sisomoment in the world. They may have already seen silent movies with piano accompaniment–sisomo-lite–but for the first time, Don Juan integrates music and sound effects with the action on screen.
sisomo apparently also inspires love. Reviews are quick to observe that the great Lionel Barrymore recorded the most kisses ever seen in a single film, embracing his co-stars Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor 127 times!
...And Talk the Talk
If Don Juan marks the birth of sisomo, sisomo takes a giant step a year later when The Jazz Singer adds synchronized voices.
And what did Al Jolson, the first voice of sisomo, have to say for himself?
“Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Wait a minute, I tell ya, you ain’t heard nothin’! Do you wanna hear ‘Toot, Toot, Tootsie!’? All right, hold on, hold on. (To the band leader) Lou, listen. Play ‘Toot, Toot, Tootsie!’ Three choruses, you understand. In the third chorus I whistle. Now give it to ‘em hard and heavy. Go right ahead!”
Animated cartoons will take another year to go sisomo with Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie in 1928. Willie’s sisomoment was (in Walt’s own voice) “Hotdogs! Hotdogs!” Now you know.
“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.” – Anonymous
FIRST daily television broadcast – the BBC in 1936.
FIRST televised sporting event – the 1936 Olympics broadcast to a limited number of sets in Germany.
“There’s a good deal in common between the mind’s eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boob tube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
FIRST television commercial – for Bulova clocks – broadcast in New York between a Dodgers and Phillies game in 1941.