Music on Film & TV

Tommy (1975)

Director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to direct The Who's landmark rock opera Tommy, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalogue of wild performances from Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others. Tommy Walker is a deaf, dumb and blind boy who has been reduced to his near-catatonic(...)

Tommy Steele Story, The (1957)

Having learnt to play the guitar while in hospital, Tommy Steele discovers his ability as a performer while working as a ship's steward. Returning to London, he is given an engagement in the Two I's Coffee Bar. He is asked to make a record and becomes a teenage rock 'n' roll idol. Tommy Steele Himself(...)

Top Beat 

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) Top Beat was a monthly TV show which crammed eight or nine acts (Wayne Fontana, The Pretty Things, The Miracles etc) into an hour-long studio concert. In 1965 it featured possibly the greatest 60s line-up ever, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard and(...)

Top Of The Pops

Top Of The Pops

1 9 6 4 - 2 0 0 6  (UK) On 30 July 2006 the BBC broadcast the final edition of Top Of The Pops. Thousands mourned but few were surprised. After the programme was shunned to Sunday nights on BBC2 barely a year earlier, its cancellation was clearly only a matter of time. Still, it(...)

Tube, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) Channel 4's live music show with edge and attitude debuted on Bonfire Night in 1982. Produced by Tyne Tees Television from its Quayside base in Newcastle, the show would clock up more than 100 episodes across five series and make stars of its co-hosts, former Squeeze keyboard player(...)

Uptight

Melbourne's ATV-0 remained the leading production house for Australian rock TV shows in the late 60s and early 70s with Uptight, fronted by Ross D Wylie (and ultimately Happening 70 and Happening 71).

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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