Top of the Pops

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    Starting a thread off for the long-running music programme Top of the Pops, which began on the BBC in January 1964 and ended in the 2000s (can't remember which year it ended as I'd stopped watching it long before then). The BBC still air an annual show at Christmas with some of the most memorable songs from the year.

    There has also been a TOTP2 show, where archive performances are compiled together with onscreen bits of trivia. UK Gold many years ago repeated some selected editions of Top of the Pops as well. Last year, BBC Four started repeating Top of the Pops from around April 1976. When an edition of the programme has been missing from the archives BBC Four show The Sky at Night.

    Last week's edition, from 31st March, 1977, is missing in the BBC archives, but the presenter of that edition David Hamiliton, had an off-air recording of the show. The picture quality wasn't as good, but didn't detract from the enjoyment of listening to and watching the performances. The UK No.1 at this time was ABBA with Knowing Me, Knowing You (they had knocked Manhattan Transfer (with Chanson D'Amour) off No.1, who had had a three week reign at the top spot). David Soul was at the No.2 spot.

    This week's edition, from 7th April, 1977, was presented by David Jensen.
     
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    Great thread. Here are some classic performances...
     
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    The extended edition of Top of the Pops is usually shown late at night on Thursdays and Saturdays (the edited version, to fit the 30 minute time slot, is shown on Thursday evenings). However, this week's edition could have originally been a 30 minute show.

    Am hoping that Southern Nights from Glen Campbell is on an edition from April 1977 (it scraped into the Top 30, but should have charted higher).
     
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    The artists on the 7th April, 1977 edition (the late night repeat was also 30 minutes):


    Have I the Right - The Dead End Kids (cover version)

    Free - Deniece Williams (video)

    When - Showaddywaddy (cover version)

    Pearl's a Singer - Elkie Brooks

    My Kind of Life - Cliff Richard

    It's You - The Manhattans

    Love Hit Me - Maxine Nightingale (audio)

    Together - O.C. Smith (video)

    Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA (video) (second week at No.1)

    End Credits: Lay Back in the Arms of Someone - Smokie (audio).
     
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    Some of the artists on the 14th April, 1977 edition, shown last Thursday night on BBC Four:


    You Don't Have to be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (video)

    Gimme Some - Brendon

    Going in with My Eyes Open - David Soul (video)

    7000 Dollars and You - The Stylistics

    Feelings - Cleo Laine & John Williams

    Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold (audio)

    Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean

    Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA (Third week at No.1)

    End Credits: Sunny - Boney M (audio).
     
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    Some of the artists on the 21st April, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Tony Blackburn):


    Eddie and the Hot Rods

    Together - O.C. Smith

    Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (audio)

    I Don't Want to Put a Hold On You - Bernie Flint

    Whodunnit - Tavares (video)

    Rock Bottom - Mike Moran & Lynsey DePaul (the UK's Eurovision entry for 1977)

    How Much Love - Leo Sayer

    Where is the Love (We Used to Know) - Delegation

    Pearl's a Singer - Elkie Brooks

    Another Funny Honeymoon - David Dundas

    Have I the Right - The Dead End Kids

    Free - Deniece Williams

    Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA (Fourth week as the UK No.1)

    End Credits (audio) - Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel.
     
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    No edition of Top of the Pops on BBC Four last Thursday (The Sky at Night instead). Next Thursday (17th May), there will be a double bill with the next two editions (in the archives) from 1977, presented by Dave Lee Travis (28th April) and Noel Edmonds (5th May) respectively.
     
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    The artists on the 28th April, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Dave Lee Travis):


    - Contempt

    I Wanna Get Next to You - Rose Royce (audio)

    Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - The Detroit Spinners

    Good Morning Judge - 10 c.c.

    Promises, Promises - Rags

    Ain't Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex

    - Kiki Dee

    Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean

    Love Theme from A Star is Born (Evergreen) - Barbra Streisand (video)

    - Uriah Heep

    The Shuffle - Van McCoy (audio)

    You're My Life - Barry Biggs

    Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA (Fifth and final week at No.1)

    End Credits: The First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart (audio).



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    Some of the artists on the 5th May, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Noel Edmonds):


    The First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart

    Where is the Love (We Used to Know) - Delegation

    Hotel California - The Eagles (audio)

    - Mac & Katie Kissoon

    How Much Love - Leo Sayer (video)

    Naughty Naughty Naughty - Joy Sarney

    Whodunnit - Tavares (video)

    Easily - Frankie Valli

    Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold (audio)

    Feel Like Calling Home - Mr. Big

    Free - Deniece Williams (First week at No.1)

    End Credits: Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 12th May, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops:


    Join the Party - Honky

    Love Theme from A Star is Born (Evergreen) - Barbra Streisand (video)

    Gonna Capture Your Heart - Blue

    The Calendar Song (January, February, March, April, May) - Trinidad Oil Company

    Mah Na Mah Na - Piero Umiliani (audio)

    We'll Gather Lilacs - Simon May

    Good Morning Judge - 10 c.c. (video)

    Let Your Body Go Downtown - The Martyn Ford Orchestra

    Lucille - Kenny Rogers (video)

    Got to Give It Up - Marvin Gaye (audio)

    Slow Talking Boy - Mud

    Let 'Em In - Billy Paul

    - Dr. Feelgood

    Free - Deniece Williams (Second and final week at No.1)

    End Credits: Ain't Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex.
     
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    Some of the artists on the 19th May, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by David Jensen):


    Roxy Roller - Suzi Quatro

    Too Hot to Handle - Heatwave (video)

    The Moon and I (from The Mikado) - Linda Lewis

    You're Moving Out Today - Carole Bayer Sager

    Ain't Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex (video)

    Disco Inferno - The Trammps (audio)

    I Can Prove It - Tony Etoria

    Naughty Naughty Naughty - Joy Sarney

    Show You the Way to Go - The Jacksons

    The Shuffle - Van McCoy (audio)

    In the City - The Jam

    First Cut is the Deepest (double A-side with I Don't Want to Talk About It) - Rod Stewart (First week at No.1)

    End Credits: Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 26th May, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Dave Lee Travis):


    Gonna Capture Your Heart - Blue

    Sam - Olivia Newton-John

    Mah Na Mah Na - Piero Umiliani (audio)

    Be Good to Yourself - Frankie Miller

    Lucille - Kenny Rogers (video)

    Dreamin' - Liverpool Express

    Tokyo Joe - Bryan Ferry (audio)

    Go Buddy Go (part of a double A-side with Peaches) - The Stranglers

    The Bird and the Child - Marie Myriam (winner of the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest for France)

    Telephone Line - The Electric Light Orchestra (video)

    Rock Me - Brendon

    The First Cut is the Deepest (part of a double A-side with I Don't Want to Talk About It) - Rod Stewart (third week at No.1)

    End Credits: We Can Do It - Liverpool F.C. (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 2nd June, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Noel Edmonds):


    Saved - Elkie Brooks

    Halfway Down the Stairs - The Muppets (video)

    Rhapsody - The Four Seasons

    The Shuffle - Van McCoy (audio)

    Too Hot to Handle - Heatwave (video)

    Woman in Love - Twiggy

    Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs (video)

    Come with Me - Jesse Green

    Got to Give It Up - Marvin Gaye (audio)

    So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate

    You're Moving Out Today - Carole Bayer Sager

    Back in the Old Routine - The Strawbs

    The First Cut is the Deepest (part of a double-A side with I Don't Want to Talk About It) - Rod Stewart (third week at No. 1)

    End Credits: Genesis (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 9th June, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Tony Blackburn):


    The Warrior - Osibisa

    Telephone Line - The Electric Light Orchestra (video)

    Southern Comfort - Bernie Flint

    Be Good to Yourself - Frankie Miller

    Farmer Bill's Cowman - The Wurzels

    Baby Don't Change Your Mind - Gladys Knight & the Pips (video)

    Silver Jubilee - Neil Innes

    Go Buddy Go (part of a double-A side with Peaches) - The Stranglers

    Kyrila (from the Kyrila EP) - Demis Roussos

    Join the Party - Honky

    Show You the Way to Go - The Jacksons (audio)

    Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers

    The First Cut is the Deepest (part of a double-A side with I Don't Want to Talk About It) - Rod Stewart (fourth week at No.1 - or was it?)

    End Credits: Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 16th June, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by David Jensen):


    Slow Down - John Miles

    Sam - Olivia Newton John

    So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate

    I Just Wanna Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb

    Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (video)

    Me and the Elephant - Gene Clark

    Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy - Queen (from their Queen's First EP)

    Everybody Have a Good Time - Archie Bell & the Drells

    You're Gonna Get Next to Me - Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis (audio)

    Count Me Out - The Foster Brothers

    Halfway Down the Stairs - The Muppets

    Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

    Lucille - Kenny Rogers (First and only week at No.1) (video)

    End Credits: Show You the Way to Go - The Jacksons (audio).
     
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    Some of the artists on the 23rd June, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops:


    I Knew the Bride - Dave Edmunds

    I Can Prove It - Tony Etoria

    You're Moving Out Today - Carole Bayer Sager

    Angelo - Brotherhood of Man

    Go Buddy Go (part of a double-A side with Peaches) - The Stranglers

    That Woman - Johnny Nash

    Oh Lori - Alessi (audio)

    Heaven on the 7th Floor - Paul Nicholas

    Show You the Way to Go - The Jacksons (First and only week at No.1) (video)

    End Credits: Do What You Wanna Do - The T-Connection (audio).
     
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    Well last Wednesday's Top of the Pops: 1977 (whether this is going to be the new regular night each week for the repeats of Top of the Pops: 1977, I don't know yet, but it's being shown tonight and next Wednesday as well) was a 30 minute edition, both the version shown at 7.30 pm, and the late night repeat later on Wednesday night/early hours of Thursday morning. Same with tonight's edition from late June, 1977 and next week's edition from early July, 1977. Keeping fingers crossed the ratings are still good enough for BBC Four to show the editions from 1978 and the years after that.
     
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    The artists on the 30th June, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Noel Edmonds):


    Do What You Wanna Do - The T-Connection (video)

    Baby Don't Change Your Mind - Gladys Knight & the Pips (video)

    Slow Down - John Miles

    Come with Me - Jesse Green

    Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy - Queen (from their Queen's First EP)

    When Two Worlds Drift Apart - Cliff Richard

    Feel the Need in Me - The Detroit Emeralds (re-recording) (audio)

    Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (video)

    So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate (First week at No.1)

    End Credits: Ma Baker - Boney M (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 7th July, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Tony Blackburn):


    The Crunch - Rah Band

    Sam - Olivia Newton John

    It's Your Life - Smokie

    Angelo - Brotherhood of Man

    Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers

    Oh Lori - Alessi (video)

    Three Ring Circus - Barry Biggs

    Ma Baker - Boney M (audio)

    I Just Wanna Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb

    So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate (Second week at No.1)

    End Credits: I Feel Love - Donna Summer (audio).
     
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    The artists on the 14th July, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by David Jensen):


    Love's Such a Wonderful Thing - The Real Thing

    We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge (video)

    This Perfect Day - The Saints

    Easy - The Commodores (audio)

    I Knew the Bride - Dave Edmunds

    If I Have to Go Away - Jigsaw

    Give a Little Bit - Supertramp (video)

    I Wanted to Call It Off - Cilla Black

    Pretty Vacant - The Sex Pistols

    So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate (Third and final week at No.1)

    End Credits: Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (audio).
     
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    Some of the artists on the 21st July, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops (presented by Dave Lee Travis):


    Slow Down - John Miles

    One Step Away - Tavares (audio, played over the Top 30 UK music singles chart countdown (which wasn't shown at the beginning of this edition)

    Angelo - Brotherhood of Man

    All Around the World - The Jam

    Oh Lori - Alessi

    Three Ring Circus - Barry Biggs

    It's Your Life - Smokie

    Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (video)

    The Crunch - Rah Band

    Dancin' Easy - Danny Williams

    Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy - Queen (from their Queen's First EP)

    I Feel Love - Donna Summer (audio) (First week at No.1)

    End Credits: Ma Baker - Boney M (audio) *no disco ball effect in the background of the end credits*.
     

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