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#1 of 115 OFFLINE   WaveCrest

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Posted April 17 2012 - 02:30 PM


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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Posted April 18 2012 - 01:36 PM

Great thread. Here are some classic performances...                    
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Posted April 18 2012 - 02:18 PM


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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Posted April 20 2012 - 01:26 PM

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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Posted May 01 2012 - 07:50 AM


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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Posted May 05 2012 - 08:40 AM


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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Posted May 13 2012 - 07:12 AM

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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Posted May 19 2012 - 11:23 AM


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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Posted May 25 2012 - 02:41 PM


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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Posted June 01 2012 - 03:47 PM


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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Posted June 15 2012 - 12:48 PM


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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Posted June 23 2012 - 07:39 AM


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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Posted June 30 2012 - 08:17 AM


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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Posted July 13 2012 - 01:03 PM


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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Posted July 19 2012 - 01:02 PM


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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Posted July 25 2012 - 07:56 AM

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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Posted July 26 2012 - 01:40 PM


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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Posted August 02 2012 - 08:00 AM


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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Posted August 09 2012 - 07:43 AM


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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Posted August 24 2012 - 02:36 PM


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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