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Pop and Music Television 1965 - 1969
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A small selection of some of the music-related television shows transmitted from 1965 to 1969



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 THE BEAT CLUB
EDF (ARD) September 1965 to December 1972

A small diversion: This British-style pop programme called ran on German television between 1965 and 1972. Co-created by Gerhard Augustin and Mike Leckebusch, the show premiered on 25 September 1965 with Augustin and Uschi Nerke hosting. After eight episodes, Augustin was replaced by DJ Dave Lee Travis. Around 1967, the 'Go-Go-Girls' were introduced to dance when performers couldn't appear. In early 1969, Travis was replaced by Dave Dee (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch). Now - back to the U.K. .....



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 THE FRANKIE VAUGHAN SHOW
ATV 1965 - 1966

A 12-episode music series produced by Colin Clews for the debonair, high-kicking 'moonlight man'. This was a semi-variety show but included musical guests Tom Jones, The Kaye Sisters, Millicent Martin, The Seekers and Dickie Valentine and Audrey Jeans.

Sonny Greenwich - not from show
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 COMMONWEALTH JAZZ CLUB
BBC2 1965

This was a sister program to 'Jazz 625' and was also produced by Terry Henerby, running for 4 half-hour episodes from 2nd to 30th September on Thursdays 10:30-11:00 p.m.
The CBC cooperated with the BBC and Australia's ABC to produce this series. Canadians contributed two segments, with radio announcer Phil McKellar as host for both.
In one, he introduced the Jimmy Dale Orchestra and the Sonny Greenwich Quartet, with guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, Doug Willson on bass, Bob Angus on piano, and Jerry Fuller on drums. The other show featured the Tony Collacott Trio, with Collacott on piano, Bob Puce on bass, and Ricky Manus on drums, and the Rob McConnell Quartet, with trombonist McConnell supported by Ed Bickert (guitar) Bill Butto (bass) and Bruck Farquhar (drums).
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 THE BEATLES
American ABC 1965 - 1968

Produced by TVC-London / Canawest / King Features / Artransa-Graphik. Directed by George Dunning II, this was an Australian / U.K. animated show featuring the music of the Fab Four. John and George's speaking voices were provided by Paul Frees while Lance Percival 'did' Paul and Ringo.

Donovan - not from show

 A BOY CALLED DONOVAN
Associated Rediffusion 1965

A black and white 'promotional' TV movie documentary about the British Folk Singer, directed by Charles Squires.

Big Beat 65

 BIG BEAT '65
ABC 18th April 1965

Actually the NME Poll Winners Concert recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley on 12th February and featuring performances including The Beatles, Dusty Springfield and The Rolling Stones.

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 CLIFF AND THE SHADOWS
ATV 1965

Cliff again, this time supported by The Shadows, with the Malcolm Clare dancers, the Mike Sammes Singers and Jack Parnell's orchestra. Series produced by Colin Clews.

Sandie Shaw - not from show - Official Website

 THE SMASHING SANDIE SHAW
Probably BBC1 1965

'On her own... One of the brightest new girls on the music scene'.
No other details - probably a one-off show


 FRANK IFIELD SINGS
ATV 1965

A new TV series for Frank, concentrating more on his vocal talents than previous shows. The backing, as for many of his appearances, was provided by the Jack Parnell orchestra and the Mike Sammes Singers with the Pamela Devis dancers. Series producer was Jon Scoffield.

 HERE COME THE POP STARS
Associated Rediffusion 1965

Director: Rollo Gamble
A showcase series in which pop stars mimed to their current chart hits.
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 THE KATHY KIRBY SHOW
BBC1 29th January 1965

On a special show, as one of an 18-show series appearing fortnightly from October 1964, Kathy sang the six U.K. hopefuls for the Eurovision Song Contest : I'll Try Not To Cry, Sometimes, My Only Love, I Won't Let You, One Day, and the eventual Eurovision entry, I Belong

Millie Small (not from programme)

 MILLIE IN JAMAICA
Associated Rediffusion 6th January 1965

Director: Rollo Gamble   Producer: Elkan Allan
A documentary-style one hour 'special' on the story and homecoming of Millie Small who had a big chart success with 'My Boy Lollipop'.



 THE BACHARACH SOUND
Granada 14th April 1965

Director: Philip Casson      Producer: John Hamp
This special starring Burt Bacharach was recorded at the Chelsea Palace studios. Guests were Chuck Jackson, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick.

Dusty 1965 - not from show

 THE SOUND OF MOTOWN
Associated Rediffusion 28th April 1965

Director: Rollo Gamble
Dusty Springfield introduced Motown recording stars Martha and The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.

Nichael Palin - Sixties - not from show

 NOW!
TWW (Television Wales and West) 1965 - 1966

A 'children's comedy pop show' that saw Michael Palin as a presenter in his first television job. Palin was to say
"It was very cumbersome, with four presenters and two or three groups who had to be got on and off the small stage.
Top of the Pops could have three or four big names but we could afford only one and had to take whatever we could get for virtually nothing".

Despite that, the short-lived show managed to attract names such as Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Alan Price, The Animals, Manfred Mann and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
Donovan 1965 - not from show

 THE GLAD RAG BALL
ATV 8th December 1965

Jimmy Tarbuck introduced this cabaret from the London Students Carnival held at the Empire Pool, Wembley. Acts included Donovan, Frankie Vaughan and The Who.

 THE MUSIC OF LENNON AND McCARTNEY
Granada 15th December 1965

Director: Philip Casson       Producer: John Hamp
A special program which featured John and Paul introducing favourite versions of their own songs. Stars also appearing were The Beatles, Cilla Black, Tony Crombie, Marianne Faithfull, Peter and Gordon, Esther Phillips, Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas, and Peter Sellers. The George Martin Orchestra provided musical backing with choreography by the Pamela Devis Dancers.


New Christy Minstrels - not from show

 THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS
Southern 1965

A series featuring the American folk group. Musical director for the group, Mike Settle, left in the mid-60's and took some other members of the group with him, including Kenny Rogers, and together they formed a very successful group, the First Edition. Gravel-voiced lead singer Barry McGuire went on to perform as a solo act and hit big with his own number one song in 1965, 'Eve Of Destruction'.


 GADZOOKS! IT'S ALL HAPPENING
BBC2 1965

Replacing 'The Beat Room' this was another pop showcase which was presented by Alan David and Christine Holmes, who also co-hosted the popular children's programme 'Crackerjack!' The Beat Girls remained as the dancers. This was the vehicle for David Bowie's first television performance as 'Davy Jones and The Manish Boys' (left), March 8th 1965, with 'I Pity The Fool'. Other artists appearing on this particular show were: Peter Cook, Doris Henderson, The Three Bells, Adrienne Posta and The Mike Leander Combo. The show's producer was Barry Langford.

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After five months it was renamed
GADZOOKS! IT'S THE IN-CROWD which had Lulu co-presenting with Alan David. Marianne Faithfull also did a stint as resident guest host. It was eventually renamed just plain GADZOOKS!  



 THE JULIE ANDREWS SHOW
BBC1 24th December 1965

Producer: Alan Handley
An American Christmas special production for the musical star with backing from the Irwin Kostal orchestra. The program received a repeat showing on 31st December 1967.

Val Doonican

 THE VAL DOONICAN SHOW
BBC1 1965 - 1969

Producer: John Ammonds
A middle of the road music show featuring the soft-voiced Irish crooner with special guests. Musical backing was by the Ken Thorne orchestra (65 / 66) and the Peter Knight orchestra (67 / 69) with the Cliff Adams Singers on backing vocals.


Don Wardell
 POP THE QUESTION
Southern 1965
A music quiz hosted by Muriel Young and its sequel,


 COUNTDOWN
, that ran from 15th October to 23rd December 1966. A quiz show where pop stars were asked questions about current chart hits and would, in turn, be allowed promote their own recordings. Muriel Young continued to host, assisted by Don Wardell.


Stramash!


 STRAMASH!
BBC Scotland 4th October 1965 - 3rd January 1966

A weekly pop programme for Scottish viewers featuring regulars Lulu and The Luvvers, The Senate with Sol Byron and two dance troupes, The Stramashers and The Lindella Movers. Produced by David Bell. The one English act to appear regularly was Peter London. Hosted by Christian (Chris McClure).


 DUSTY
BBC1 1966 - 1967

Which was more of a solo vehicle for her wonderful talents rather than a pop music show but carried its share of guest stars such as Tom Jones and Jose Feliciano. Produced by Stanley Dorfman, the series ran for two seasons, Aug-Sep 66 and Aug-Sep 67. Musical backing was provided by the Johnny Pearson orchestra with Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan and Margaret Stredder on backing vocals.



 THIS IS PETULA CLARK
BBC1 1966 - 1968

Producer: Yvonne Littlewood
Six show series featuring the Anglo-French 'Downtown' girl's versatile vocals with musical backing by the Harry Rabinowitz orchestra. Special guests were:
Claude Francois, Raphael, Connie Frobuss, Fred Bongusto, Sven Atmonson and Les Surfs.



 A WHOLE SCENE GOING
BBC1 1966

Premiering on 5th January, 'Scene' was a youth music and fashion show presented by Barry Fantoni and featuring Lulu as the regular guest star.
Pop personalities including Mickie Most and Pete Townshend were subjected to quite searching interviews in the 'Hot Seat' feature and it was on this programme that Twiggy made her first TV appearance.



 TOM JONES
ATV 1966 - 1967

Producer 1966 - Colin Clews
Producer 1967 - Alan Tarrant
Two 7-episode series of half hour shows with the Jones boy doing his action-packed thing. Musical backing was by the Jack Parnell orchestra.

Albert Ayler, not from show.

 JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE
BBC2 1966 - 1967

A short series highlighting concerts in various colleges and universities.
This clip shows Stan Getz at The London School of Economics on November 14th 1966.

 

Roger Whittaker
 THIRSTY BOOTS
Ulster May 1966
A 12-part musical series featuring the talents of Roger Whittaker, first shown on Monday 23rd May.


 THE DICKIE VALENTINE SHOW
ATV 1966 - 1967

Two series for this talented singer, who started as a door boy at the Palladium and hit stardom in the late Fifties. Both series were produced by Dick Leeman, the 1967 shows featuring Pan's People with choreography by Flick Colby. Sadly, Dickie was to die in a car crash on 6th May 1971.

Cilla Black (not from show)

 CILLA AT THE SAVOY
Associated Rediffusion 6th July 1966

John Robins produced this Cilla spectacular, televised from the Savoy Hotel during her 6-week cabaret season . Musical backing was by the George Martin orchestra, with the Peter Gordeno dancers appearing.



 OUR WORLD
BBC1 25th June 1967

This was a worldwide satellite link-up by the BBC hosted by Cliff Michelmore, the highlights of which included a performance of 'All You Need Is Love' by The Beatles and also featured a studio crammed with the top names in British pop music.

 AS YOU LIKE IT
Southern 1967

A Mike Mansfield-produced series of shows hosted by Don Moss featuring the likes of Billy Fury, Jonathan King, The Monkees, Paul and Barry Ryan and Sandie Shaw.



 DODDY'S MUSIC BOX
ABC 1967 - 1968

The series starred Ken Dodd with David Hamilton and guests including Tom Jones, Adam Faith, Peter and Gordon, Vince Hill and Julie Rogers.

 

Kathy Kirby - not from show

 HERE COMES KATHY!
ATV 1st March 1967

Producer: John Scoffield
A 'special' show for Kathy Kirby with musical backing from the Jack Parnell orchestra and the Wilfred Johns Singers plus guests Tommy Bruce, Clinton Ford and Daniel Remy. Choreography featured the Malcolm Goddard dancers.



 THE HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS
ATV 26th March 1967

A special Easter Sunday charity performance in aid of the Aberfan Disaster Appeal, televised from Elstree Studios and produced by Alan Tarrant. The show featured many stars including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Lulu, Tommy Steele and Frankie Vaughan.

Pet Clark from her TV series

 PETULA CLARK
BBC1 22nd April 1967

A special televised performance recorded on March 5th at 'The Talk Of The Town'. The programme was produced by Yvonne Littlewood with musical direction by Harry Rabinowitz and backing by The Breakaways.

Dee Time

Dee Time

 DEE TIME
BBC1 4th April 1967 - 20th December 1969

Director: Sydney Lotterby
Producer: Terry Henebery     30 - 45 minutes
Ex - pirate radio D.J. Simon Dee (real name Carl (Cyril?) Nicholas Henty-Dodd) presented this new-look chat and entertainment show, aimed primarily at the teen market and featured a wide variety of guests from the world of entertainment and music.

Originally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it was eventually promoted to prime-time Saturday evenings. Just the first show alone included Lance Percival, Libby Morris, Kiki Dee, Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix, and at its height was pulling in 15 million viewers! It was transmitted first from Manchester and later from London until 1969 when there was a general media reversal from praise to public criticism over an investigation of his political activity by police as part of a probe into alleged breaches of election law by the “free radio” lobby.

Following this, and alleged excessive wage demands, the BBC did not renew his contract. The memorable opening and closing credits showed Simon arriving by, and jumping into his E-type Jaguar, respectively. Lachlan Gow tells me "A beautiful young lady was driving, she stopped the car and he jumped in over the top. There was a lot of concern afterwards when it was revealed that as he jumped, he folded his legs beneath him and landed in the car, but his (left) foot snagged the top of the car door and he injured it as a result". Presumably only the single take then? Canadian-born Simon also co-presented the Miss World contest in 1967 and a short-lived show for LWT - 'The Simon Dee Show', in 1970.




 THE MONKEES
BBC1 From 2nd January 1967

Made by Screen Gems / Raybert Productions / NBC, created by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider with various directors and screened in the U.S.A. September 1966 to March 1968.   
Hey Hey we're The Monkees - zany American music show starring the created-for-television pop group of the same name. America's answer to The Beatles had their own zany TV series, each of the 58 x 30-minute episodes featuring madcap sketches and at least two plugs for their songs.

The Monkees, recruited from adverts in trade newspapers, were: Davy Jones (who appeared in 'Coronation Street'), Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz who (if you're old enough!) you may remember as 'Circus Boy' in a fifties television series. The pilot show was called 'Here Come The Monkees' and was screened on 14th November 1966. The first series ran from 31st December 1966 to 24th June 1967 and the second from 13th September 1967 to 13th June 1968.



 MAX BYGRAVES
Granada 7th November 1967

Director: David Warwick
Producer: John Hamp
A one-off special for Max with guests Amen Corner and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
BBC1 26th December 1967

This was a Beatles movie made specially for television. Fifty minutes of the Fab Four involved in a fantasy bus ride around the country with loads of psychedelia. The cast included Ivor Cutler, Jessie Robins, Mandy West, Nat Jackley and Victor Spinetti. Originally shown in black and white, the program was repeated in colour on BBC2 on 5th January 1968.
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Man Alive - What is a Happening?

 MAN ALIVE - WHAT IS A HAPPENING?
BBC2 May 1967
The 14-hour 'Technicolor Dream Festival' at Alexandra Palace on 29th April was attended by about 10,000 and filmed by the BBC. Pink Floyd made an appearance, although not filmed, and there were various other performers including artists, poets, dancers and jugglers. The programme was aired by BBC2 on Wednesday 17th May 1967 from 8.05pm, in black and white, as part of the 'Man Alive' documentary series.
Jonathan King
 GOOD EVENING I'M JONATHAN KING
ATV October 1967 - March 1968
Jonathan King's first television show ran for six months on Saturday evenings, initially at 6.30pm, discussing pop, films, theatre and books. At the end of February the show was moved to 11.20pm to make way for 'Time For Blackburn' and, after six weeks in the late night slot, it was finally axed on 30th March 1968. The 1968 editions were broadcast in the ATV London region only.
Gordon Burns
 ZOOM IN
Ulster 1967
Conceived by Gordon Burns of 'Krypton Factor' fame, it was originally planned to be just two 'filler' shows called 'Zoom In' and 'Zoom Out' but was good enough to be given a run in the 7.00pm prime time slot. Co-produced by Tony Eames, it featured both Irish showbands and visiting English artists with two regular go-go dancers and the studio audience. The show also contained comedy sketches featuring DJ Hendi (Michael Henderson).


Val Doonican - show promo photo


 THE VAL DOONICAN SHOW
BBC1 1967 - 1970

A middle of the road country music show featuring Val, often in duet with his guests. The show's 'trademarks' were Val's colourful sweaters and his end-of-the-show rocking chair

 

 THE ROLF HARRIS SHOW
BBC1 1967 - 1970

Although a general entertainment show featuring the many talents of the old didgeridoo, it was notable for its 1967 'Song For Europe' section which featured prospective Eurovision songs performed by Sandie Shaw, including the eventual winner 'Puppet On A String'. The show was produced by Stewart Morris. The Eurovision preview mantle was taken over by Cilla Black.

The Sound of Change 1968

 THE SOUND OF CHANGE
BBC2 September 1968
A view of the pop scene from sociologists Stuart Hall and Peter Worsley. Pink Floyd contributed a performance (with light show) which had been recorded on 26th March 1968. Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend were also interviewed. The 50-minute programme was aired in colour on Tuesday 10th September at 8.00pm
All Systems Freeman!
 ALL SYSTEMS FREEMAN!
BBC1 January 1968
Launched by BBC1 at 6.40pm on Friday 5th January using a combination of pop radio style presentation with visual television music formats and ran for 12 episodes, finishing on 22nd March. 'Fluff' sat behind a (for the time) high-tech console, appearing to control the musical inserts with sliders, dials and other interesting mechanisms. The visible turntables were much more than just props and actually provided some genuine audio input.
How It Is BBC1
 HOW IT IS
BBC1 July 1968 - December 1968

A 40 minute black & white magazine-style live show first broadcast on Friday 19th July 1968 at 6.00pm and advertised as 'by the young for the young at heart'. It was produced and co-presented by Tony Palmer, initially with Peter Asher, followed by Radio1 DJ John Peel, 'Oz' editor Richard Neville and novelist Angela Huth. The 25th October show was not broadcast live, but recorded an hour earlier due to the BBC's concern about the 'October Revolution' that was supposed to be taking place in London that weekend.
Palmer quickly became frustrated by the public concept that the programme was aimed at teenagers and the last show in the series went out on Friday 20th December 1968. 


How It Is 1968
 HOW LATE IT IS
BBC1 March 1969 - May 1969
In a later time slot at 10.50pm from Friday 14th March to Friday 23rd May 1969, this was effectively the 'second series' of 'How It Is'. . Huth and Neville continued to present, joined by Pete Drummond.

Producer Tony Staveacre promoted the show's 're-launch' by saying "We want to provide a platform for new ideas, styles and sounds and, at the same time, offer new opportunities for established artists. We want the show to have an urgent, last-minute appeal so that viewers will never quite know what is coming up next".
The Record Star Show 1968
 THE RECORD STAR SHOW
BBC1 Friday 29th March 1968

An edited 'best of' recording (now wiped) taken from the two-night show recorded five nights earlier at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
Produced for The Stars Organisation for Spastics and televised in arrangement with The Daily Express.

Featuring Radio 1 DJs Pete Brady, Dave Cash, Simon Dee, Kenny Everett,
Alan Freeman, David Jacobs, Don Moss, Pete Murray and Tony Blackburn introducing Cliff Richard, The Foundations, Amen Corner, Kenny Ball & His Paramount Jazzmen, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Titch, The Spencer Davis Group, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, The Easybeats, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, The Flowerpot Men, The Move, The New Vaudeville Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, P.J. Proby, Norrie Paramour and The Breakaways.



photo (c) Chris Walter: photofeatures.com used with permission

 THE SCOTT WALKER SHOW
BBC 1968

A showcase series for the superb voice of Scott Walker after the break-up of the Walker Brothers. No other information available.
Scott Walker photos are reproduced by kind permission of Chris Walter who has many more great images on his site at photofeatures.com

Time For Blackburn

 TIME FOR BLACKBURN!
Southern February 1968 - January 1969

Largely networked Southern TV music show hosted by Tony Blackburn, directed by Mike Mansfield with musical direction by Johnnie Pearson. This programme replaced Southern's local series NEW RELEASE (also presented by Blackburn) and featured 'news, views and comments from Britain's most popular DJ plus the cream of the week's new releases'.



 CILLA
BBC1 1968 - 1969

Another example of the wave of girl power. Her weekly entertainment show included guests like Tom Jones and Donovan and the Eurovision section came up with 'Congratulations' for Cliff Richard.

 JAZZ AT THE MALTINGS
BBC2 1968 - 1969

A 25 minute series produced by Terry Henebery and introduced by Benny Green, filmed recorded at Snape Maltings, in Suffolk. The shows featured Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and The Newport All-Stars.

 COLOUR ME POP
BBC2 1968 - 1969

Edited by Rowan Ayers, this started as a 25 minute spin-off segment of the Steve Turner-produced Late Night Line-Up. The first edition on 7/9/68 featured The Hollies and, as it became a program in its own right from 2/11/68 featured bands such as The Nice, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity, Love Sculpture and Jethro Tull. It was superseded in January 1970 by DISCO2 presented by Tommy Vance but still continued its slightly 'off-centre' approach to pop as BBC2 tended to do.





 THE DOORS: THE DOORS ARE OPEN
Granada 1968

Filmed September 3-10, 1968, a documentary programme on The Doors - Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, made for television and released on video in 1992. The film, directed by John Sheppard, contains interviews, performance footage from a concert at London's 'Roundhouse' and music over newsreel clips reflecting the events of the day. It was the first such film made about a single band to be aired on UK television. Broadcast: December 17th 1968



 LULU'S BACK IN TOWN
BBC1 1968

A summer entertainment show produced by John Ammonds and hosted by the wee lassie featured guests including the Everly Brothers, Lou Rawls and The Alan Price Set. Musical backing was by the Peter Knight orchestra with the Ladybirds on backing vocals. Lulu also made a similar series later in the year entitled


 HAPPENING FOR LULU
BBC1 1968 - 1969

This was followed by another series of shows the following year simply titled LULU featuring 'A Song For Europe' entries which were performed by Lulu, the winner being 'Boom Bang-A-Bang'. This series was produced by Stanley Dorfman with musical backing provided by the Johnny Harris orchestra. Resident dancers were the legendary 60s / 70s dance troupe
'Pan's People'.




 THE SANDIE SHAW SUPPLEMENT
BBC1 1st September to 1st November 1968

A short series showcasing Sandie's repertoire, featuring the barefooted babe doing cover versions of all types of songs and styles through a six-show series.

An album of the same name was subsequently released featuring some of the material she had sung, including:

'Route 66', 'Homeward Bound', 'Scarborough Fair', 'Right To Cry',
'The Same Things','Our Song Of Love','Satisfaction','Words',
'Remember Me','Change Of Heart','Aranjuez Mon Amour'
and 'What Now My Love'.

 

Moira Anderson - not from show

 MOIRA ANDERSON SINGS
BBC1 1968

Producer: Eddie Fraser
A series featuring the Scots lassie first seen on Andy Stewart's 'The White Heather Club' and a regular on Hogmanay shows.

 ALL MY LOVING
BBC1 3rd November 1968

A documentary film about popular music and the teenage scene directed by Tony Palmer, presented as an individual documentary episode in the 'Omnibus' television series. Contains a plethora of stars and personalities.


 DISCOTHEQUE
Granada 1969

A short-lived children's pop music show hosted by the attractive, dusky-skinned Ayshea Brough (who also starred as a 'Skydiver' operative in Gerry Anderson's futuristic TV series 'UFO') before moving on to


 LIFT OFF!
Granada 1969 - 1972

which was later to be called
LIFT OFF WITH AYSHEA BROUGH, started on 5th November 1969. Devised by Muriel Young, it was initially co-presented by Graham Bonney and featured both current chart hits and new talent. Guests included Long John Baldry and the gorgeous Susan Maughan. For a short period, the show was co-hosted by Billy J.Kramer. Essentially a younger person's program running alongside the later evening pop shows. See specific page



 IT'S THE BACHELORS
ATV 1969

A series for the popular talented Irish singing trio produced by Albert Locke.




 THE ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK SHOW
ATV 1969

A showcase series for sideburned crooner Gerry Dorsey produced by Colin Clews. Hump's guests included old pal Tom Jones. Backing artists were the Mike Sammes Singers, the Jack Parnell orchestra and the Paddy Stone Dancers.

Max Bygraves (not from show)

 MAX
Thames 1969

A half-hour series starring Max Bygraves with backing from the Geoff Love orchestra featuring pianist Bob Dixon. Vocal backing was by the Mike Sammes Singers. Series producer was William G.Stewart who has more recently been hosting the 15 to 1 quiz program.

 THIS IS TOM JONES
ATV 1969 - 1970

Two series for the now international performer, produced by John Scoffield. Various guest stars appeared each week. Guests for the 9th February 1969 show were Mary Hopkin, Peter Sellers and The Moody Blues. Musical backing was provided by the Jack Parnell orchestra with The Mike Sammes Singers on vocals. Janis Joplin appeared in one edition.

Ronnie Scott (left) not from show

 JAZZ SCENE
BBC2 1969 - 1970

A weekly 'magazine' series, produced by Terry Henerby, featuring Britain's top jazz artists performing at the Ronnie Scott Club.

 THE STONES IN THE PARK
Granada 2nd September 1969

Director: Leslie Woodhead       Producer: Jo Durden-Smith
A documentary, including the performance, of the free concert given to 500,000 fans by The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in July 1969. Over 12 hours of film was shot, and edited down to 55 minutes by Gerry Dow.

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Monster Music Mash 1969

 MONSTER MUSIC MASH
BBC1 October 1969
A series of six programmes hosted by Alan Price went out on Tuesdays from 7th October to 11th November at 5.15pm to 5.44pm in the weekday children's slot. Price said of the show "I adore working with children.... We want to give all the artists on the show the chance to perform two or three numbers - anything they feel like doing".

 IT'S CLIFF RICHARD
BBC1 December 1969 to 1972

The first series for the Peter Pan of pop which was planned to run for more than a single season. Seen here with Una Stubbs, who frequently appeared with him in his films and shows.



 THE HERB ALPERT SHOW
ATV 24th December 1969
A special performance televised from the Royal Festival Hall, produced by Albert Locke

 

Not from show


 THE TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD SHOW
ATV 31st December 1969

Director: Albert Locke   Producers: Digby Wolfe and Bob Wynn
The last offering of the decade from ATV was a special for the legendary American country singer with guests Davy Jones and Harry Secombe. Musical backing was by the Jack Parnell orchestra with The Mike Sammes Singers.

Pop Go The Sixties!
 POP GO THE SIXTIES!
BBC / ZDF December 1969
A one-off 75-minute TV 'special' celebration of Sixties music, broadcast in colour on 31st December 1969. It was a co-production between the BBC and Germany's ZDF, primarily produced and recorded at the BBC's Television Centre in London, in late 1969. Presented by Jimmy Savile and Elfi Von Kalckreuth, Johnnie Stewart produced the show and Stanley Dorfman directed. The only song performed in German was by Sandie Shaw.
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