Pop Go The Sixties
|Pop Go The Sixties!|
|Directed by||Stanley Dorfman|
|Presented by||Jimmy Savile & Elfi Von Kalckreuth|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom & Germany|
|Original language(s)||English & German|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Johnnie Stewart|
|Producer(s)||Johnnie Stewart & Klaus Weiding|
|Location(s)||BBC Television Centre, London|
|Running time||75 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC1 & ZDF|
|Original airing||31 December 1969|
Pop Go The Sixties! was a one-off, 75-minute TV special originally broadcast in colour on 31 December 1969, to celebrate the major pop hits of the 1960s. The show was a co-production between the United Kingdom's BBC and Germany's ZDF broadcasters. It was shown on both stations on the same day, with other European stations broadcasting the programme either the same day or later. Although a co-production, it was primarily produced by the BBC and recorded at the BBC's Television Centre in London, in late 1969, featuring largely only British pop acts and hits.
The show was presented by Jimmy Savile and Elfi Von Kalckreuth. The two presenters introduced each act (with the exception of Cliff Richard), but neither was present in the studio recording with the artists, their links being added later. Savile spoke English, whereas Elfi Von Kalckreuth speaks in German throughout.
The BBC's Johnnie Stewart produced the show, while Stanley Dorfman directed. Both men were involved with the regular production of BBC music show Top Of The Pops and this show had a very similar look and production style. The artists performed on rostra, surrounded by a standing audience who danced along with the music. Klaus Weiding was the co-producer for the German station. The end titles are in both English and German.
All the artists present in the studio performed live, singing with an orchestra directed by Johnny Harris. The Ascot Dancers appeared with a large number of the performers. Although an Anglo-German co-production, only one German artist appears and that is on a pre-recorded film insert. The only song performed in German is by Sandie Shaw.
The participating artists were (in order of appearance):
- The Who - "I Can See For Miles"
- Adam Faith - "What Do You Want"  & Someone Else's Baby
- The Tremeloes - "Silence Is Golden"
- Lulu - "Boom Bang-A-Bang"
- Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen - "Midnight in Moscow"
- The Bachelors - "Charmaine" & "Diane"
- Sandie Shaw - "There's Always Something There To Remind Me" & "Wiedehopf Im Mai" (German version of "Puppet On A String")
- Marmalade - "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da"
- The Johnny Harris Orchestra & The Ascot Dancers - "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"
- The Kinks - "Days"
- Horst Jankowski - "A Walk In The Black Forest"
- The Hollies - "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
- Helen Shapiro - "Walking Back To Happiness"
- Tom Jones - "Delilah"
- The Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter"
- Cilla Black - "Anyone Who Had A Heart"
- The Shadows - "Apache"
- Cliff Richard & The Shadows - "Bachelor Boy"
- Cliff Richard - "Congratulations"
- The Beatles - "I Feel Fine" & "Help!"
- Dusty Springfield - "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"
Adam Faith's song What Do You Want? had reached no.1 in the UK singles chart in 1959, but was the first no.2 record of the 1960s.
Tom Jones had to withdraw from the recording at short notice, resulting in the inclusion of an earlier performance of his song from Top Of The Pops. This footage was a film recording in monochrome and was shown on a giant screen in the studio, with the audience dancing to the soundtrack. Horst Jankowski appears in a, rather soft, film insert shot in a snowy landscape in Germany. Neither The Rolling Stones nor Cilla Black were present for the recording either. Their performances were recorded (in colour) in other studios without an audience and cut into the final edit.
The Rolling Stones song Gimme Shelter was the only track included in the show that had not been a hit single but instead an extremely popular album track. The Beatles performances were also archive clips, taken from the film The Beatles at Shea Stadium. Although presented back-to-back, Sandie Shaw undergoes a costume change between her two performances. Most of the full programme recording has survived in the archives, together with out-takes and a re-recording of The Shadows performances. The only missing footage is that of Dusty Springfield, which is no longer available. The show has been repeated on both BBC Four and The Yesterday Channel in the UK and often on other European stations.