Goodness gracious me Guys and Gals but it's hard work finding out much about the first ever episode of a this important piece of television and indeed, popular music industry ! For starters, when the heck did it actually start that New Years day exactly 50 years ago ? Some say 6.30, some 6.35, one site has it as 2pm ! So, I thought I'd take the word of the guy who was there at the time, here re enacting that same moment 25 years later !
"Welcome to January the First 1964 - it's 6.24 pm and it's a programme you've never heard of before, it's called Top of the Pops and, there's the charts !"
Anyone who's been following me and Moor Larkin for the last year will know that the first show presented by Jimmy and Alan 'Fluff' Freeman was filmed in Manchester in that converted church. It took quite a lot of time to get from Manchester to London in those days ( more than 5 hours) and it cost £5 to get there by train !
The 1st January 1964 was, like today a Wednesday ! Top of the Pops weekly slot was, for many years, a Thursday night - here's an admission ticket - note the age restriction !
Along with Jimmy and Alan that night was a 'disc girl' or 'spinner', yes the artists did mine and those turntables we see in the few pics available, really were used !
Here's Samantha and Pete
And here she is with her husband Mickey from the Monkees whom she met in January 1967
Enough of the history lesson for now, let's enjoy the music of the artists who appeared on our screens that night !
Who came first, the Stones or Dusty ? Thanks Chris !
Next up we have this chap and his band - the recording may just be the one used in the show !
In case any of you are missing the links and the man himself, whilst no film of the first show exists, we do have this from the NME Poll winner Concert from April 1964. Jimmy's presentation style was certainly, unique I think you will agree !
Who next Guys and gals ? Oh, yes indeed dee it's the one and only Gene Pitney on a bus !!
It's not the best recording of the song, and I do have it on good authority that, in the show, the song was accompanied by film of the audience dancing, but, this video got my attention. Is the Golden Gate Bridge 24 hours from Tulsa ?
Are you feeling 'Glad all over yet' ? Oh well, make do with the song then for the time being !!
Try as I might, I've not been able to find the next song allegedly called 'Wishing Well' by The Shadows and Cliff Richard, so, we'll have to make do with Cliff and the boys other contribution to the show which comes courtesy of a Dutch television show rather strangely called 'Top of the Flops' broadcast on 27th November 1963 - a nice piece of pop show history !
Next we have a group who didn't have far to come that night Manchester's own - The Hollies
Next up - a lesser well known band from some place called Liverpool !
Next - the Swing Blue Jeans and that 'Hippy hippy Shake'
Oh and who was that comical bunch of lads Jimmy was to introduce again in April of 1964 ? Is that Petra introducing them this time in the Blue Peter Studios ?
Before we come to the last song of the show I thought I'd amuse you with a little snip of an 'outake' from Christmas 1969 - What on earth ?
Pete and Jimmy were obviously having a bit of fun that night whilst rehearsing for this !
Last and by no means least it's Number One guys and gals - it's those Liverpool boys again !
Happy New Year Everyone !