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The five ages of Top Of The Pops
1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
The site in 1960s

Top Of The Pops shimmied onto our TV screens on New Year's Day 1964, armed with hordes of a scary new faction called 'young people' and presented by cigar-chomping tracksuit-model Jimmy Savile (although he was relatively normal back then). If that wasn't enough to scare the bejesus out of parents across the nation, the show was shot live, and in its first edition featured such greats as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield and the Hollies.

And here's a shocker for the uninitiated, although the early shows were live, the acts actually MIMED to their songs! Lost for words? So were they! Sadly, the first ever show is lost to history forever, but hey, that miming thing really took off, eh?

Check out clips from this decade
  1   The Beatles - 'I Feel Fine'
Performed 3rd Decmber 1964
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  2   Rolling Stones - 'Get Off My Cloud'
Performed 21st November 1965
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  3   The Byrds - 'All I Really Want'
Performed 12th August 1965
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  4   Bee Gees - 'Massachusetts'
Performed 26th December 1967
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  5   Lulu - 'Love Loves To Love'
Performed 26th December 1967
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  5   Jimi Hendrix - 'Hey Joe'
Performed 5th January 1967
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  5   Aretha Franklin - 'Say A Little Prayer'
Performed 21st March January 1968
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  5   Status Quo - 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'
Performed 15th February 1968
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  5   Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - 'Je T'aime'
Performed 7th July 1969
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  5   Cliff Richard- 'Good Times Better Times'
Performed 7th July 1969
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  5   Can't see what you want?
We've got loads of '60s clips to view on TOTP2 Online
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  Ruth Pearson - Pan's People As part of Pan's People, Ruth Pearson had audiences, presenters and pop stars drooling over their shoes on a weekly basis. She told us what it was like to be part of the dance troupe that loosened the nation's collars in the '60s and '70s. Read The Interview
 
     
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