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A Super Bowl Halftime History Lesson; Guitarist Jim Campilongo Plays Live

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bruno Mars onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2013. Bruno Mars onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2013. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

In this episode: Before the Super Bowl comes to New Jersey in a couple of weeks, Soundcheck looks back at the history of the Super Bowl halftime show with Ricky Kirshner, the executive producer of this year's halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Then, Grantland’s Amos Barshad walks us down memory lane about how the Super Bowl halftime show went from being a marching band showcase to an Up With People bonanza to a full-on, no-expenses-spared pop concert -- with the occasional controversy thrown in for good measure.

Plus: The well-traveled New York guitarist Jim Campilongo and his trio perform in the Soundcheck studio, including one song from his new album, Dream Dictionary.

A Behind The Scenes Look At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

We speak with Ricky Kirshner, executive producer of the Superbowl halftime show since 2007, about the inner workings of such a massive event. Then, Amos Barshad, pop culture editor for Grantland, runs down Superbowl halftime history.

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Hear: Jim Campilongo, Live On Soundcheck

Hear guitarist and composer Jim Campilongo perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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