Music on Film & TV

Dateline Diamonds (1965)

A British film about a pirate radio ship featuring performances by Kenneth Cope, Patsy Rowlands and the late great Kenny Everett. Police foil a racket smuggling diamonds from the pirate radio station in the sea between Holland and England. Music by Kiki Dee (Small Town), The Small Faces (I’ve Got Mine, It’s Too Late and Come On Children) and(…)

Dee Time

1 9 6 7 – 1 9 6 9 (UK) 152 x 45 minute episodes Simon Dee (born Cyril Henty-Dodd) hosted this 45-minute music programme from the BBC. Ex-Radio Caroline and Radio 1 DJ Dee became a huge celebrity only to suffer a spectacular fall from grace and disappear from public view. He died in 2009 at the(…)

Disco 2

1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (UK) Disco 2 was the follow-up to Colour Me Pop, the first BBC2 pop series. The show was promoted as “the show which will do all sorts of zany things to illustrate the latest, hottest sounds” and arrived on 10 January 1970, hosted by Tommy Vance. The featured acts(…)


1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 7 (UK) This weekly pop music programme from TWW, hosted by Kent Walton, was also seen in other ITV regions.  

Don’t Knock The Rock (1956)

Quickie follow-up to the enormously successful Rock Around The Clock (1956), also featuring the granddaddy of rock’n’roll – Bill Haley and his Comets. There’s great period value in this movie: kiss-curled Haley and his great line-up (including Rudy Pompilli on sax) playing numbers like Hook, Line and Sinker, and the fabulous Little Richard at his peak performing Long(…)

Don’t Knock the Twist (1962)

An effort by Columbia Pictures to capitalise on the Twist dance craze, produced by notorious cost-cutter Sam Katzman as a virtual remake of Don’t Knock The Rock (1956). The big question here is, will a romantic triangle spoil an upcoming Twist Spectacular slated for national TV? The answer is hardly worth sticking around for. The Dovells, though, are particularly spiffy with a(…)

Don’t Look Back (1965)

In April 1965, when Bob Dylan arrived for a two-week tour of Britain, director D.A. Pennebaker followed his entourage around, filming him in concert, in hotel rooms, in cars and trains: always surrounded by friends and hangers-on, and only alone when isolated on stage – performing. Some of the dialogue is distorted and inaudible, and(…)

Doors, The (1991)

Although the title would have you believe that this is a biopic of the entire band, we learn next to nothing about Ray Manzarek, John Densmore or Robby Krieger here, as the emphasis is so firmly on the Doors’ charismatic, enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison who died of heart failure in 1971 at the age of 27.(…)


1 9 5 9 (UK) Drumbeat was intended as the BBC’s answer to Oh Boy!. Although it was to be as dismal and short-lived as its predecessor (Dig This), it proved to be just the break anchorman Adam Faith had been hoping for. Although Faith was performing mainly covers of popular American hits for the duration of the 22 week run,(…)

Duke Wore Jeans, The (1958)

When an aristocratic family hits hard times, they encourage their son to marry a princess to get them out of trouble. Unfortunately, he has already married without telling them and turns to a lookalike for help. Tommy Steele plays a likely lad who helps the charmless lookalike noble to escape being married off to feisty princess(…)

Dusty Springfield Show, The/Dusty

1 9 6 6  – 1 9 6 9 (UK)27 x shows During 1966, Dusty Springfield provided a six show BBC TV series. Dudley Moore guested on the first show. The six episodes in 1967 included Warren Mitchell, Mel Torme,  Jose Feliciano, Tom Jones and Scott Walker as guests. Dusty switched to ITV for her seven shows in 1968, which(…)

Elvis’s Movie Occupations

Elvis’s Movie Occupations

Shrimp Fisherman – Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Commercial Photographer – Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) Water Skiing Instructor – Clambake (1967) Frogman – Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) Doctor – Change Of Habit (1969) Lifeguard – Fun In Acapulco (1963) Helicopter Pilot – Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966) Rodeo Rider – Stay Away Joe (1968) Tour Guide – Blue Hawaii (1961) Racing Driver(…)

Eurovision Song Contest

1 9 5 6 – Current (Europe) It has been called “a monument to drivel” but the annual show has topped television ratings since the first contest was held in Switzerland in 1956. The Eurovision Song Contest is a live, televised music competition that has consistently received widespread ridicule ever since its debut. Yet, as its longevity(…)

Expresso Bongo (1960)

Small-time talent agent Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) tries to hit the big time with a bongo player called Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard) who he spots in a Soho skiffle and coffee bar, backed by The Shadows. Johnny gives Bert the stage name “Bongo Herbert”, and puts him on the fast track to teenage stardom by(…)

Factory, The

1 9 8 7 – 1 9 8 9 (Australia) 88 x 30 minute episodes The Factory was an Australian music programme that aired on ABC TV on Saturday mornings, from 1987 to 1989. The show replaced the highly successful Beatbox and was hosted by Andrew Daddo and Alex Papps. Although The Factory originally featured music videos, studio performances and(…)

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