Weird and Wondrous: Evolution of Super Bowl Halftime Show


Duke Fields was only 19 in 1967 when he played in the halftime show at Super Bowl I between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. A veteran of big shows with Grambling State University’s renowned marching band, he remembers looking into the stands at Los Angeles Coliseum and wondering how this gig would compare.

“Then I saw the rocket men,” Fields recalls of the halftime show. “Two guys with jetpacks—and my God, those things were loud!

Fields had no idea then, but he was etching his name onto a list of halftime performers that one day would include music legends as well as dubious acts such as “Elvis Presto” and the infamous “Left Shark.”


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