For Your Halftime Entertainment: The Super Bowl has not always been the "Super Bowl." It was simply the NFL Championship Game in its early years before it became this epic event that millions watch every year.
On that same note, the halftime show has not always been on the epic scale either. Everything about the Super Bowl has escalated.
This year's halftime show will be headlined by Rihanna, but the first was by a marching band - what a novel concept.
Most of the early shows featured college bands as halftimes do on college football Saturdays.
The Grambling State Marching Band has performed at more Super Bowl shows than any other band - six. Many more bands have followed in their marching footsteps. That's not the case these days.
Still, the superstars of music didn't start gracing the portable stage until the Super Bowl had been around for a while. In the early years, Al Hirt was making the rounds. Hirt, the great trumpeter, did three shows.
Charro has done a couple of halftime appearances. Even George Burns and Mickey Rooney broke the monotony of football with a Hollywood-themed show in 1987.
The first show akin to what we see today probably came with the New Kids on the Block back in 1991. That was the 25th Super Bowl (I'm avoiding the Roman numerals).
Who is the biggest star to ever take the halftime stage? You can't beat the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. He was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the 28th edition.
Who can forget the infamous "Wardrobe Malfunction" with Michael's little sister Janet? That's Janet. Miss Jackson if your nasty.
Madonna, Prince and the Rolling Stones have also made appearances.
Rihanna has a lot to live up to. There is as much anticipation about halftime as the game itself. Too bad Al Hirt ain't still trumpeting.