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Posted April 17 2012 - 10:30 AM

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 - 09:36 AM

Great thread. Here are some classic performances...
































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Posted April 18 2012 - 10:18 AM

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 - 09:26 AM

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 - 03:50 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 - 04:40 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 - 03:12 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 - 07:23 AM

The artists on the 28th April, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops:



 - 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 - 10:41 AM

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 - 11:47 AM

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 - 08:48 AM

The artists on the 26th May, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops:



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 - 03:39 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 - 04:17 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 - 09:03 AM

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 - 09:02 AM

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 - 03:56 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 - 09:40 AM

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 - 04:00 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 - 03:43 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 - 10:36 AM

Some of the artists on the 21st July, 1977 edition of Top of the Pops:



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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