Top of the Pops was created by BBC producer Johnnie Stewart, inspired by my popular Teen and Twenty Disc Club which aired on Radio Luxembourg, remember the crackles?
The BBC had a studio in Manchester [on Dickenson Road] which was a disused church and, anything they didn't want to do in London, they slung up into this old church.
Alan Freeman and I presented the first show, which featured (in order):
The Rolling Stones with "I Wanna Be Your Man", Dusty Springfield with "I Only Want to Be with You", the Dave Clark Five with "Glad All Over", The Hollies with "Stay", The Swinging Blue Jeans with "Hippy Hippy Shake" and The Beatles with "I Want to Hold Your Hand", that week's number one!
Ah the memories…