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Top Of The Pops

Top of the Pops

When the BBC launched Top of the Pops on 1 January, 1964, absolutely no one could have believed it would become an authentic pop institution. Originally transmitted from a converted church in Manchester, Top of the Pops was commissioned for six shows. There have been almost 2000 editions of the Pops since then.

Top of the Pops always remains true to its original format. After 34 years, the show still provides - via the Top 40 chart - a weekly snapshot of what's truly popular in pop music, ending with the number one record.

The very first Top of the Pops, broadcast on a Wednesday evening at 6.36 pm, was introduced by DJ Jimmy Savile. The opening band was The Rolling Stones, who had just made number 13 in the chart with 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. They were followed by Dusty Springfield with 'I Only Want To Be With You'; 'Glad All Over' by The Dave Clark Five; The Hollies with 'Stay' and The Swinging Blue Jeans performing 'The Hippy Hippy Shake'.The show was completed by filmed pieces with Cliff Richard & The Shadows and Freddie & The Dreamers, together with The Beatles, who played the week's number one, 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.

The show's gone hand in hand with 'pop pickers' ever since.

1964 TV: TOTP | Play School | The Likely Lads

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