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Top of the Pops

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Top of the Pops

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Top of the Pops

"It’s Thursday night…it’s Top Of The Pops!"

But not any longer, pop-pickers: squeezed out by 24-hour music channels, the BBC pulled the plug on its 42-year old flagship music show in 2006, the last edition being broadcast on 30 July.

Top Of The Pops began in 1964; the first show was presented by Jimmy Savile and the first artists to appear were the Rolling Stones, doing "I Wanna Be Your Man". The show reached a peak of popularity in the seventies, attracting 15 million viewers.

Its most memorable moments include Dexy's Midnight Runners performing their 1983 hit "Jackie Wilson Said" in front of a giant picture of darts player Jocky Wilson, and the then sexually ambiguous David Bowie draping his arm around guitarist Mick Ronson during "Starman" in 1972.

TOTP has spawned other sorts of records too: Paul Cooksley was in the studio audience 43 times between 1988 and 2004, while Status Quo appeared on the show more often than any other artists — a chart-topping 87 times.

Photo: David Jones


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Soon to be axed, many have fond memories of dancing in front of the telly singing into a hairbrush, attempting to copy dance routines. Copied all over the world, and the starting block for many music channels to follow. And where would generations be without the great Sir Jimmy Savile? Jingle Jingle.

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The music show of all music shows. Was it something like 45 years old when it was cruelly axed? Jimmy Saville, Tony Blackburn, John Peel, Noel Edmonds, Mike Reid, DLT.... They were all there.
Ian Wilson

Top of the pop is an international music show for young people. The draught comes from the BBC from Great Britain. Topical charts from the area of Pop and rock are introduced predominantly.
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