1964 – ‘Top of the Pops’ Debuts (Beatles on film)

January 1, 1964

Top Of The Pops debuts, broadcast from an old church in Manchester, England.  The Beatles appear on film during the show, performing ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.  Live acts miming to their latest releases included The Rolling Stones, (I Wanna Be Your Man), The Dave Clark Five, (Glad All Over), The Hollies, (Stay), and The Swinging Blue Jeans, (Hippy Hippy Shake). The first song played was Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’. Also featured on disc and film, Freddie & the Dreamers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Gene Pitney.

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