Jimmy Savile - My Fake Diary

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Top of the Pops was first broadcast in 1964, from a converted church in Manchester.

The pop programme was only commissioned for six episodes when it began in 1964. But it proved so popular that it won a weekly slot and has been broadcast by the BBC ever since, celebrating its 2,000th show in 2002. Being finished in 2006.

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.

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