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|Created by||Gerhard Augustin and Mike Leckebusch|
|Presented by||Uschi Nerke (1965–1972)
Dave Lee Travis (1966–1969)
Dave Dee (1969–1970)
Gerhard Augustin (1965)
Eddie Vickers (1965–1966)
|Opening theme||Mood Mosaic: "A Touch of Velvet - A Sting of Brass"J|
|Composer(s)||Mark Wirtz (theme)|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Original language(s)||German, English|
|No. of episodes||83|
Marquee Club, London
|Running time||30–45 minutes|
|Original network||ARD (Radio Bremen)|
|Original release||25 September 1965 – 9 December 1972|
Beat-Club was a German music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, West Germany on Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen, the national public TV channel of the ARD, and produced by one of its members, Radio Bremen, later co-produced by WDR following the 38th episode. It is notable for being the first German show dedicated to popular music, and featured artists such as The Moody Blues, MC5, The Equals, King Crimson, Grateful Dead, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Zager and Evans, Cream, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Gene Pitney, Ten Years After, Rory Gallagher, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Ike & Tina Turner, The Who, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Chicago, The Doors, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kraftwerk, Yes, and Robin Gibb in its seven-year run. In 1972, it was replaced by Musikladen.
In early 2008, the first free Video on demand web portal for Beat-Club and Musikladen was launched at Mybeatclub.com, featuring the most popular songs and artists of both shows. In 2010, mybeatclub.com was replaced by www.youtube.de/beatclub.
Beat-Club was co-created by Gerhard Augustin and Mike Leckebusch. The show premiered on 25 September 1965 with Augustin and Uschi Nerke hosting. German TV personality Wilhelm Wieben opened the first show with a short speech. After eight episodes, Augustin stepped down from his hosting role and was replaced by DJ Dave Lee Travis.
The show's earlier episodes featured live performances, and was set in front of a plain brick wall. It underwent a revamp in 1967, when a more professional look was adapted with large cards in the background displaying the names of the performers. Around this time, a troupe of young women billed the "Go-Go-Girls," were introduced to dance to songs when their performers couldn't appear.
In early 1969, Travis was replaced by Dave Dee, of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. On 31 December 1969, Beat-Club switched to color and again featured live performances. Dee departed in 1970, leaving Nerke as the lone host.
In the later years of its run, the series was known for incorporating psychedelic visual effects during many performances, especially following the switch to color.
Follow up on radio and on the internet
The former TV show is now a weekly radio programme on Radio Bremen 1 and on a webchannel offered by the radio station. Interestingly it is again hosted by Uschi Nerke who did it in the 1960s and early 1970s on TV.
- TV.com: Beat-Club - complete list with all tracks (in English)
- Beat-Club channel on YouTube
- Beat-Club at the Internet Movie Database
- Beat-Club at TV.com