Music on Film & TV


1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 5 (Australia) Today, music shows on television are as common as bread and butter. But in 1969, the Australian ABC network made music and pop culture history with a groundbreaking, revolutionary music show that had never been seen before on television. That show was GTK (which stood for “Getting To(…)

Happening ’68

1 9 6 8 – 1 9 6 9 (USA) Imitating his earlier show, Where the Action Is, Dick Clark again employed Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere, both of Paul Revere and the Raiders, to host this daytime variety show. Premiering first as a Saturday show, it was eventually broadcast on weekdays as well, where the title(…)

Head (1968)

America’s most successful pop-group The Monkees fractured their cheeky TV-image (and anticipated much of MTV’s self-deprecatory style) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes to make arguably the quintessential 60s movie. Co-written by director Bob Rafelson (who had been the brains behind the Monkees concept) and and LSD-inspired Jack Nicholson, it’s all dippy philosophising(…)

Help! (1965)

Fresh from the success of A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles had the world at their feet and pitched to follow in the globetrotting wake of fellow Cool Britannia icon James Bond. This time they are pursued by an Eastern mystic sect because Ringo has a sacred ring stuck on his finger. The plot opens as(…)

Here Come The Girls

1 9 6 3 (UK) DJ Alan Freeman hosted this short-lived music show which was produced by Associated-Rediffusion and featured female artists from the pop scene. Amongst the “girls” featured on the show were Petula Clark, Alma Cogan, Billie Davis, Carol Deene, Aretha Franklin, Julie Grant, Kathy Kirby, Brenda Lee, Millicent Martin, Susan Maughan, Helen Shapiro, Dusty Springfield, and The Vernon Girls.


1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (USA) Hullabaloo premiered on 12 January 1965 and aired until 29 August the same year. The NBC show was a big-budget, quality showcase for the leading pop acts of the day, and was also competition for another like-minded television showcase, ABC’s Shindig!. The show featured The Hullabaloo Dancers, 10(…)

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

Ian Meldrum was born on a ship outside the port of Aden, South Yemen. During 1966 and 1967, Meldrum worked as a mimer on the Australian television programme Kommotion. He then worked as a journalist for Aussie rock magazine Go-Set. It was Melbourne radio announcer Stan Rofe who coined Ian Meldrum’s nickname of ‘Molly’ in 1970. Molly(…)

It’s Trad Dad (1962)

Richard Lester had already worked with the anarchic Goons on TV (A Show Called Fred) and on film (the 1959 short The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film) and thus was no stranger to madcap mayhem. This flair was on show in this film (also known as Ring-a-Ding Rhythm). It’s a light-hearted musical romp with(…)

Jack Good

An Oxford graduate, Jack Good was one of the first people in Britain to realise that Rock & Roll was more than a passing fad and probably understood more about presenting rock on TV than any other man alive at the time. He produced the best TV music shows of the 1950s – Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! –(…)

Jackson 5, The

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 2 (USA) 23 x 20 minute episodes Cartoon adventures of the singing, dancing Jackson family, including a blue snake and the rest of Michael‘s menagerie. The ABC cartoon series used the voices of the actual Jackson Five and was the closest thing around to music videos in the Seventies –(…)

Juke Box Jury

1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 7 (UK) Probably the most enduring of all pop panel shows and hosted by David Jacobs with his famous bell and hooter for ‘Hit’ and ‘Miss’. Originally scheduled on Mondays, its popularity soon earned it a Saturday evening slot. The 30-minute show featured Jacobs and a panel of(…)

Just for You (1966)

Known in the USA as Disk-O-Tek Holiday.


1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 7 (Australia) In December 1965, the fledgling Australian Channel 0-10 (now Channel Ten) launched a teen music show called Kommotion. At the time, most pop music shows were shown at the weekend, but Kommotion went to air daily at 5:30 PM, the perfect time for school kids. Indeed this was(…)

Later With Jools Holland

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Let It Be (1970)

Originally arranged as rehearsals for a one-off live show, the TV documentary/concert McCartney envisioned devolved instead into a depressing fly-on-the-wall ogle at The Beatles‘ dissolution. Lindsay-Hogg deliberately placed cameras where the band wouldn’t notice them, giving us the first rockumentary to capture – without commentary – the end of a musical dream, vision, and era.(…)

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