T.A.M.I. Show

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
T.A.M.I. Show
Movie poster
Directed bySteve Binder
Produced byLee Savin
Bill Sargent (executive producer)
StarringThe Barbarians
The Beach Boys
Chuck Berry
James Brown and the Famous Flames
Marvin Gaye
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Lesley Gore
Jan and Dean
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas
The Miracles
The Rolling Stones
The Supremes
CinematographyJames E. Kilgore
Edited byKent Mackenzie
Bruce Pierce
Screen Entertainment Co.
Screencraft International
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • December 29, 1964 (1964-12-29)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited States
James Brown performing in the show

T.A.M.I. Show is a 1964 concert film released by American International Pictures.[1] It includes performances by numerous popular rock and roll and R&B musicians from the United States and England. The concert was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29, 1964. Free tickets were distributed to local high school students. The acronym "T.A.M.I." was used inconsistently in the show's publicity to mean both "Teenage Awards Music International" and "Teen Age Music International".


The best footage from the two concert dates was combined into the film, which was released on December 29, 1964. Jan and Dean emceed the event and performed its theme song, "Here They Come (From All Over the World)", written by Los Angeles composers P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, the song erroneously asserting that the Rolling Stones are from Liverpool. Jack Nitzsche was the show's music director.

The film was shot by director Steve Binder and his crew from The Steve Allen Show, using a precursor to high-definition television, called "Electronovision," invented by the self-taught "electronics whiz" Bill Sargent (H.W. Sargent, Jr). The film was the second of a small number of productions that used the system.[2] By capturing more than 800 lines of resolution at 25 frames per second, the video could be converted to film by kinescope recording with sufficiently enhanced resolution to allow big-screen enlargement. It is considered one of the seminal events in the pioneering of music films, and more importantly, the later concept of music video.

T.A.M.I. Show is particularly well known for the performance of James Brown and the Famous Flames, which features his legendary dance moves and explosive energy. In interviews, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has claimed that choosing to follow Brown and the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, and Lloyd Stallworth) was the worst mistake of their careers, because no matter how well they performed, they could not top him.[3] In a web-published interview, Binder takes credit for persuading the Stones to follow Brown, and serve as the centerpiece for the grand finale in which all the performers dance together onstage.[2]

Motown Records, which by 1964 had experienced its first wave of chart-busting crossover success, was represented by three of its top acts: the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. The Miracles (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Marv Tarplin) had, three months earlier, lost the services of their sole female member, Claudette (Mrs. Smokey) Robinson. Claudette, who retired from touring for health reasons, remained as a non-touring member of the Miracles, recording with the group in the studio only. Marvin Gaye, backed by Shindig! favorites the Blossoms, sang several of his greatest hits. The show also featured the Supremes during their reign as the most successful female recording group of the era. The group had three chart-topping singles from July 1964 to December 1964, with the album Where Did Our Love Go reaching number two. Diana Ross went on to work with Binder on several of her television specials, including her first solo television special and her famous Central Park concert, Live from New York Worldwide: For One and for All.

Throughout the show, a variety of go-go dancers including Teri Garr performed in the background or beside the performers, under the direction of choreographer David Winters, assisted by Toni Basil. According to filmmaker John Landis's DVD commentary for the film's trailer, he and seventh-grade classmate David Cassidy were in the audience for the show.[4]

Dick Clark Productions later acquired ownership of the concert from Sargent.

In 2006, T.A.M.I. Show was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.[5][6]

List of performers[edit]

Solo performers[edit]

Group performances[edit]

The Barbarians
  • Jerry Causi - Bass, Vocals
  • Ronnie Enos - Guitar, Vocals
  • Bruce Benson - Guitar
  • Victor "Moulty" Moulton - Drums
The Beach Boys
James Brown and the Famous Flames
Marvin Gaye (And the Blossoms)
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Jan and Dean
  • Jan Berry - Vocals
  • Dean Torrence - Vocals
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas
The Miracles
The Rolling Stones
The Supremes

Set list[edit]

In order of appearance in the film:

Artist Song Title
Jan and Dean (Over credits) "(Here They Come) from All Over the World"
Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode"
Gerry and the Pacemakers "Maybellene"
"Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"
"It's Gonna Be Alright"
Chuck Berry "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Gerry and the Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?"
Chuck Berry "Nadine"
Gerry and the Pacemakers "I Like It"
(Smokey Robinson and) The Miracles "That's What Love Is Made Of"
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
"Mickey's Monkey"
Marvin Gaye "Stubborn Kind of Fellow"
"Pride and Joy"
"Can I Get a Witness"
"Hitch Hike"
Lesley Gore "Maybe I Know"
"You Don't Own Me"
"You Didn't Look Around"
"Hey Now"
"It's My Party"
"Judy's Turn to Cry"
Jan and Dean "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
"Sidewalk Surfin'"
The Beach Boys "Surfin' U.S.A."
"I Get Around"
"Surfer Girl"
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas "Little Children"
"Bad to Me"
"I'll Keep You Satisfied"
"From a Window"
The Supremes "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes"
"Run, Run, Run"
"Baby Love"
"Where Did Our Love Go"
The Barbarians "Hey Little Bird"
James Brown and The Famous Flames "Out of Sight"
"Prisoner of Love"
"Please, Please, Please"
"Night Train"
The Rolling Stones "Around and Around"
"Off the Hook"
"Time Is on My Side"
"It's All Over Now"
"I'm Alright"
"Let's Get Together"

Home media[edit]

During the VHS era, there was never an authorized home video release of T.A.M.I. Show in its full, original cut, although bootlegs abounded. Most of the bootlegs were missing the Beach Boys' performance. The Beach Boys had been deleted from all prints made after the movie's initial theatrical run because of a copyright dispute by the request of someone in their management.[7] Selected numbers from the T.A.M.I. Show were edited together with performances from another concert film by the same producers, The Big T.N.T. Show, to create a hybrid work called That Was Rock. This film did receive a home video release from Media Home Entertainment's music division, Music Media, in 1984. It was felt that the film was unlikely to be released due to the cost of obtaining the publishing and performance rights to the extensive lineup of artists. (All of the four Beach Boys songs from the show eventually surfaced on DVD in Sights and Sounds of Summer, a special CD/DVD edition of Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys.)

On March 23, 2010, Shout! Factory released T.A.M.I. Show on a restored, digitally remastered and fully authorized DVD, with all performances, including the Beach Boys, included.[8][9] (A DVD release of the complete film by First Look Studios had been planned for 2007, but subsequently withdrawn.)

On December 2, 2016, T.A.M.I. Show was released in Blu-ray as a combo package with The Big T.N.T. Show by Shout! Factory. Both features are presented in 1080p resolution, 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo.[10]

The film was shown in its entirety in Canada on First Choice Network in 1984, the 20th anniversary of its release.

T.A.M.I. Show performers in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[edit]

Several groundbreaking artists who performed on The T.A.M.I. Show in 1964 have since been enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As of 2019, those inducted are as follows:[11]

  • Chuck Berry - inducted 1986
  • The Beach Boys - inducted 1988
  • The Miracles - Smokey Robinson inducted 1987; The Miracles inducted 2012
  • The Rolling Stones - inducted 1989
  • The Supremes - inducted 1988
  • James Brown & The Famous Flames - James Brown inducted 1986; The Famous Flames inducted 2012
  • Marvin Gaye - inducted 1987
  • Darlene Love (of The Blossoms) - inducted (solo) 2011
  • Hal Blaine (of the Wrecking Crew) inducted (Musical Excellence) 2000
  • Leon Russell (of the Wrecking Crew) inducted (Musical Excellence) 2011


  1. ^ James, David E. (19 May 2016). Rock 'n' Film: Cinema's Dance with Popular Music. Oxford University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-19-938759-5. Retrieved 19 May 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Neal Alpert (December 2002). "Steve Binder Interview". Mojo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  3. ^ Dick Clark (2005-09-08). "Teenage Awards Music International (DVD notes)". Learmedia.ca. Archived from the original on 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  4. ^ Carroll, Liam (October 28, 2014). "Youth Culture Forever: Celebrating 50 Years of 'The T.A.M.I. Show'". REBEAT. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Librarian of Congress Adds Home Movie, Silent Films and Hollywood Classics to Film Preservation List". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Archived from the original on July 13, 2023. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  6. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  7. ^ Waller, Don. T.A.M.I. Show. Dick Clark Productions, Inc./Shout Factory. p. 16.
  8. ^ "T.A.M.I. show". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 2023-06-02.
  9. ^ "T.A.M.I. Show Collector's Edition". PopMatters. 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2023-06-02.
  10. ^ Hartmann, Mathew (2016-12-22). "T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show: Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review". High Def Digest. Retrieved 2023-06-02.
  11. ^ "Inductees | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 19 May 2021.

External links[edit]