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October 28, 2007 1:03 PM Subscribe
The year 1964 was a watershed period in British music. Before that year, British popular music was barely heard outside of the U.K. But when the Beatles achieved American success, a seemingly endless number of British bands and singers were suddenly able to crack the American market.The features opens with footage from a November, 1963 Beatles concert in Manchester - She Loves You
By the end of 1964, some enterprising filmmakers decided to create a cinematic year-in-review to highlight this new wave of British music talent. The result was “Pop Gear,” a strange but jolly little production that serves as a celluloid time capsule for that remarkable musical year.
...and continues with
Little Children - Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas
Make Him Mine - Susan Maughan
Juliet - The Four Pennies
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
A Little Loving - The Fourmost
He's in Town - The Rockin’ Berries
Have I the Right - The Honeycombs
Rinky Dink - Sounds Incorporated
World Without Love - Peter and Gordon
Walk Away - Matt Monroe
I'm Into Something Good - Herman’s Hermits
Humpty Dumpty - Tommy Quickly and the Reno Four
Watcha Gonna Do - Billie Davis
My Babe - The Spencer Davis Group
Tobacco Road - The Nashville Teens
What In The World's Come Over You - The Rockin’ Berries
For Mama - Matt Monroe
Black Girl - The Four Pennies
William Tell - Sounds Incorporated
Google Eyes - The Nashville Teens
Eyes! - The Honeycombs
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Closing credits courtesy of the same Manchester show:
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
These are only the bands' performances. The review was hosted by Jimmy Savile and punctuated with some truly glorious dance sequences.
Via Glyph Jockey, who also provides today's bonus link in honor of Rock and The World Series: Punk Baseball Stars!
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