1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
68 x 30 minute episodes
Disco 2 – or Lineup’s Disco 2 as it was initially billed – 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 in the very first show were David Ackles (who he?), Chicago, Lou Christie and Emile Ford. The following week’s show boasted The Peddlers (see David Ackles!), Procol Harum, Juicy Lucy and Fats Domino, which provided a good indication of the programme’s diverse taste.
Guest over the next 66 episodes included The Pentangle, The Strawbs, Blodwyn Pig, The Tremeloes, The Faces, Slade, The Move, Yes, Fairport Convention, The Pretty Things, Trader Horne, Stone the Crows, Fleetwood Mac, Brinsley Schwarz, Bob Dylan, Humble Pie, Mott the Hoople, Curved Air, Lindisfarne, Elton John, Atomic Rooster and The Byrds.
Disc jockeys Mike Harding and Pete Drummond took turns to introduce the show on alternate weeks with radio-style voiceovers.
Disco 2 was eventually replaced by The Old Grey Whistle Test in September 1971.