Sunday, 1 January 2012

1st January


The first ever show was hosted by Jimmy Savile and Alan Freeman, filmed in a converted church on Dickenson Road in Rusholme, Manchester, supposedly taken up there because the BBC weren't keen on its prospects. The titles are all that is known to exist of the show, which featured in order of appearance Dusty Springfield (I Only Want To Be With You), the Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard on video, the Dave Clark Five, the Hollies, Freddie & The Dreamers, the Swinging Blue Jeans and, number one and on video, the Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand.

1976: nearly the whole of this one is online, and with the first day of the new year still mid-chart statis the show still has to broadcast some Christmas tunes but takes the opportunity to showcase some new talent. The Bo Flyers make the set wobble with the strength of their post-Kenny boogie; part two features Billy Howard's remarkable King Of The Cops and Slik's Bay City Rollers at 33rpm future big hit; Glyder have too many members for purpose - two acoustic guitars, bass, electric guitar and mandolin, plus inaudible sax? - and part four, um, exists.

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