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Popular Music on British Television

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TOP BEAT

BBC2
27th April 1964 - 9th December 1964

A series of four shows recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London with all the bands playing live. Hosted by Alan Freeman it featured many of the biggest acts of the day The Rolling Stones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, Dusty Springfield, Yardbirds among others.

The BBC had been running an annual series of pop concerts similar to the NME Pollwinners Shows for several years.

The first half of the first show was also broadcast by the BBC Light Programme.