Music on Film & TV

Wall, The (1982)

Wall, The (1982)

Directed by Alan Parker and starring Bob Geldof from The Boomtown Rats, this movie version of the 1979 Pink Floyd album was described by one critic as “the longest-ever rock video, and certainly the most depressing”. The central character is a young man by the name of Pink (natch) – a successful rock star facing the break-up of(…)

Wham!

1 9 6 0 (UK) This TV pop show from ABC (another Jack Good production) only lasted eight weeks between April and June 1960 as ABC believed “there is no longer a [viewing] public for teenage rock ‘n’ roll type programmes”. The first show on 23 April featured Billy Fury, Joe Brown, Jess Conrad, Dickie Pride, Little Tony, Vince Taylor and Johnny Kidd and(…)

Where The Action Is

1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 7 (USA) When American Bandstand moved from weekday afternoons to Saturdays, the teenagers of America were despondent. It took two years to fill the void, but in the summer of 1965, Dick Clark Productions came through with Where the Action Is. Another Monday-to-Friday rock and roll series,(…)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Beatles come to the rescue when the evil Blue Meanies try to drive all the music and fun from Pepperland in the third feature film featuring the acclaimed and influential rock band. This marvellous Pop Art animated classic features songs from Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper , so the Blue Meanies don’t stand a chance! As the film(…)

Your Hit Parade

1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 9 (USA) Your Hit Parade had an eight-year run on NBC and then another year on CBS. Opening with the song Be Happy Go Lucky, the Hit Paraders (Snooky Lanson, Gisele MacKensie and Dorothy Collins among others) went on to sing the week’s Top 10 tunes as compiled in the(…)

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