50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 1 – JAN 2

Hello there and welcome to a new series appearing on this blog throughout 2014.

You may or may not know, but yesterday was the 50th anniversary since the first episode of Top Of The Pops was broadcast, so, this blog will be commemorating this throughout the year.

The original plan, was to do it year by year, but episodes being wiped made the early years near impossible, and cancellation in 2006 has made the last 7 years impossible.

So, a new format was created, a weekly round-up of performances based on pop stars who were born or died on the specific week in question.

The blog will appear on Thursday nights, because, well, Thursday night is Top Of The Pops night.

But first, a few ground rules and disclaimers.

I’ll try to use TOTP performances, and won’t use Whistle Test appearances and try to pass them off as TOTP (Yes, i’m looking at you TOTP2)

Some of them may be from foreign broadcasters (most notably Germany and Italy) who had picture sharing arrangements with the BBC for performances filmed in London.

I don’t like every song posted, mainly because it would be no fun if I only posted songs I like.

On special occasions, there may be non TOTP appearances. But only special occasions.

There won’t be many, if any Pan’s People/Legs And Co. Sorry to any 50 year olds looking to relive their childhood crushes.

There may be videos where Jimmy Savile briefly appears, but let’s be mature about it. A video where he briefly appears in it is not an endorsement of his actions.

With regards to Dave Lee Travis, if he is convicted, videos featuring him will contain disclaimers. Until then, it’s a case of innocent until proven guilty.

Some of the trivia to accompany the videos may be made up, but I expect you’re all intelligent enough to work that out.

Apologies in advance for the sound and/or picture quality of some of the clips, but I am up to the mercy of those uploading to youtube.

And yes, I am aware that performances from Christmas specials will be used outside of Christmas.

And finally, if you have a request, leave a comment below, or on Facebook or Twitter (On the left hand sidebar)

So, we start, like all great TV shows, with the opening credits. So here, is a montage of all seven that were used in the show’s history

If you’ve watched the 1970s episodes repeated, you’ll know the format for the opening credits of that era, and someone has went to the effort of creating a parody. Some of the band names had me crying with laughter.

So, onto the music, and there’s a lack of pop milestones on the first two days of January. Trust me, next week, it gets better.

So, in celebration of the New Year, here’s U2 performing New Year’s Day (It was either that, or Cliff Richard singing Auld Lang Syne) a song which actually isn’t about celebrating a new year, it’s about Poland.

I bet you’re wondering how TOTP celebrated it’s 30th birthday ……… they got The Kinks to perform You Really Got Me, that’s how.

And here, is the TOTP theme (well, if you’re the same age as me) being performed on TOTP.

Stay tuned next week, when the TOTP theme before that is performed ……… but with dancers. The best dancing in the clip, however, comes from Peter Powell.

Also, “Top Of The Pops : The Story Of 1979” is on BBC Four tomorrow night, hopefully meaning that episodes from 1979 will be repeated throughout this year.

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