December 22, 2010 – 7:25 pm

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Big Beat 1964 [Masterfraction 002/003, 2CD]

New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert, live at Empire Pool, Wembley, UK; April 26, 1964. Source: Television (ABC/London). Very good soundboard.

According to p.griggsy.btinternet.co.uk:

On Sunday 26th April 1964, [The Beatles] took to the stage at “The Empire Pool” in Wembley for the annual “New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert”. These concerts were amazing as they included every top British act of the time (and the occasional American) and this day was no exception. The lineup included “Cliff Richard”, “The Shadows”, “The Rolling Stones”, “The Hollies”, “The Searchers”, “The Dave Clark Five” and, of course, “The Beatles”. The equipment for each band was on small individual stages, which were wheeled to the front of the main stage by stage hands who wore white coats. At last a small stage was wheeled out with Ringo’s drums and that all too familiar Beatles logo, 10,000 people went crazy.

Of all the places I saw “The Beatles” live, Wembley’s ”Empire Pool” was the worst for sound. There were the four of them with three small amps and a drum kit, using the PA system that was used for the ice shows with a few small speakers in the roof and nothing at ground level. With 10,000 kids screaming, you really could hardly hear a thing. They sang ”She Loves You”, “You Can’t Do That”, “Twist and Shout”, “Long Tall Sally” and finished with “Can’t Buy Me Love”. ”The Beatles” were not the last act on, so when they had finished on came “The Mersybeats” to sing a couple of their hits to an audience who were coming down to earth after the mass hysteria of seeing “The Beatles” and I felt quite sorry for them. The reason for this was that while “The Merseybeats” were singing, “The Beatles” were making their escape from Wembley before 10,000 people got hold of them.

Fortunately for those watching TV, the broadcast sound was clear and not drowned out by the fans.

And here’s what Searchers fan Roy Clough has to say:

I recently acquired the NME Pollwinners contest 1964 and hope to shortly (when funds allow) acquire an All Merseybeat Thank Your Lucky Stars. Whilst some may now be saying to themselves “So what’s this got to do with “The Searchers” all will be revealed? This, therefore, 39 years later is my review of the NME Pollwinners concert held at Wembley Arena as broadcast by ABC weekend television over two Sundays back in, as far as I can deduce, April 64…

The moment I was hoping for, The Searchers, no Frank Allen he was still being a Rebel Rouser, but the original line-up as far as recordings go of McNally, Pender, Jackson and Curtis. “Farmer John” “Don’t Throw Your Love Away” (this clip has surfaced from time to time, Chris Curtis singing badly out of tune/sync)… and “What Did I Say” were performed. It appeared as if Jackson, Pender and Curtis had each chosen a number to do lead vocal on and, of course, a fresh faced John McNally giving us the “I’m not as sweet as I Iook bit” with “Now look a Here.” This has to be one of the rarest performances committed to celluloid by the boys…

Next up was the awards and some executive from the NME came on to introduce Roger Moore “A Fine Young Actor” to present the awards. Quite how ROG gets in here is beyond me, from what I recall in ‘64 he was best known for “Ivanhoe”. NOW COME ON don’t say you can’t remember “Ivanhoe”…

I am sure you agree this was a lineup the likes of which a few years later one could only have dreamed of.
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Track 101. Opening Theme (0:42) (1.0MB)
Track 102. Patsy (Party?) Girl (Joe Loss Orchestra) (3:21) (5.3MB)
Track 103. Rockin’ Robin (The Hollies) (2:42) (4.2MB)
Track 104. Just One Look (The Hollies) (2:31) (3.9MB)
Track 105. Not Fade Away (The Rolling Stones) (3:25) (5.4MB)
Track 106. I Just Want To Make Love To You (The Rolling Stones) (2:45) (4.3MB)
Track 107. I’m Alright (The Rolling Stones) (2:41) (4.2MB)
Track 108. Peanut Vender (The Joe Ross Orchestra Band) (2:45) (4.3MB)
Track 109. Shake, Rattle And Roll (The Swinging Blue Jeans) (2:25) (3.8MB)
Track 110. Good Golly Miss Molly (The Swinging Blue Jeans) (2:15) (3.5MB)
Track 111. Farmer John (The Searchers) (3:16) (5.1MB)
Track 112. Don’t Throw Your Love Away (The Searchers) (2:35) (4.0MB)
Track 113. What’d I Say (The Searchers) (5:27) (8.6MB)
Track 114. Kansas City (Hey! Hey! Hey!) (Freddie & The Dreamers) (4:04) (6.4MB)
Track 115. Send Me Some Lovin’ (Freddie & The Dreamers) (2:57) (4.6MB)
Track 116. Who Wears Short Shorts (Freddie & The Dreamers) (2:26) (3.8MB)
Track 117. Candy Man (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes) (2:41) (4.2MB)
Track 118. Do You Love Me (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes) (2:56) (4.6MB)
Track 119. Sticks And Stones (Manfred Mann) (3:09) (4.9MB)
Track 120. Hubble Bubble (Manfred Mann) (2:37) (4.1MB)
Track 121. Diamonds (Jet Harris & Tony Meechan) (2:38) (4.1MB)
Track 122. Big Bad Bass (Jet Harris & Tony Meechan) (3:12) (5.0MB)
Track 123. You’re The One (Kathy Kirby) (3:14) (5.1MB)
Track 124. Dance On (Kathy Kirby) (2:34) (4.1MB)

Track 201. I’ll Keep You Satisfied (Billy Kramer & The Dakotas) (2:18) (3.6MB)
Track 202. They Remind Me Of You (Billy Kramer & The Dakotas) (2:23) (3.7MB)
Track 203. I Think Of You (The Mersebeats) (1:33) (2.4MB)
Track 204. Don’t Turn Around (The Merseybeats) (2:27) (2.8MB)
Track 205. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (The Merseybeats) (2:27) (3.8MB)
Track 206. Happy Being Fat (The Diamonds) (3:06) (4.9MB)
Track 207. I’m Henry The VIII, I Am (Joe Brown & His Bruvvers) (1:58) (3.1MB)
Track 208. The Seculy Gas (Joe Brown & His Bruvvers) (2:28) (3.8MB)
Track 209. What A Crazy World (Joe Brown & His Bruvvers) (3:23) (5.3MB)
Track 210. I Like It (Gerry & The Pacemakers) (2:38) (4.1MB)
Track 211. I’m The One (Gerry & The Pacemakers) (2:38) (4.1MB)
Track 212. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Gerry & The Pacemakers) (2:58) (4.7MB)
Track 213. Awards Presentation (Roger Moore) (6:05) (9.7MB)
Track 214. Murray The K Introduces The Beatles (1:11) (1.8MB)
Track 215. She Loves You (The Beatles) (2:19) (3.6MB)
Track 216. You Can’t Do That (The Beatles) (2:41) (4.2MB)
Track 217. Twist And Shout (The Beatles) (2:57) (4.6MB)
Track 218. Long Tall Sally (The Beatles) (2:23) (3.7MB)
Track 219. Can’t Buy Me Love (The Beatles) (2:32) (4.0MB)

  1. 13 Responses to “POP YEAH YEAH YEAH 1964”

  2. Wow! Joe Loss! Gottahaveit.

    By Michael Kenward on Dec 22, 2010

  3. Bob Dylan played “Patsy Girl” by Ross McManus, Elvis Costello’s father, on his Father’s Day radio show.

    By Will R. on Dec 22, 2010

  4. Hallo BigO! Thank You for beautiful Christmas box! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Music Year 2011!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Dec 23, 2010

  5. thanks, too. for all the amazing stuff this year.
    merry xmas

    By Peter on Dec 23, 2010

  6. Nice to read the stuff about The Searchers set here. It is worth adding that Chris Curtis’ vocals and behaviour on “What’d I Say?” is one of the most frantic bonkers performances ever filmed. He must had been high on pills or something since the rest of the band kinda keep looking round at each other as if to say “huh?” Curtis was an interesting under-rated talent and though he may had been on something here, it is exciting stuff and the audience lap it up. An interesting lesson in how to rouse and engage an audience that modern day bands would do wise to learn from.

    Another highlight is the Freddie and The Dreamers set which has them in true side splitting form that has to be seen to be believed. Heaven knows if Freddie Garrity would get away with such antics today, the way he gleefully pulls down The Dreamers and his own trousers for the insane “Short Shorts!”

    Nice too to get a rare hearing of The Swinging Blue Jeans live on stage in their prime since I think this is all there is of them live on TV in the 60’s. Footage of them is pretty scarce.

    This show is an amazing time capsule of Merseybeat and the Beat boom taking over the music scene to wonderful effect. A very enjoyable listen. Incredible line up!

    By Harold Michaels on Dec 23, 2010


    By sluggo on Dec 24, 2010

  8. I have this on video but how often can you sit down & watch a music video?

    So it’ll be great to get a good quality audio version — thanks and happy holidays!

    By Gummo on Dec 25, 2010

  9. Thanks for these legendary NME shows. Priceless.

    By Nick on Dec 25, 2010

  10. Thanks for sharing another one of these shows. I never heard or seen most of this.

    By Matt on Dec 30, 2010

  11. I Always thought that it was Jet Harris, and Tony Meehan, not Meechan.

    By Richard on Feb 8, 2011

  12. When do we get the Dave Clark Five part of the 1964 NME Poll winners concert ? I’m sure many people are waiting for that !!!

    By Herman Hamerpagt on Apr 9, 2011

  13. “Of all the places I saw “The Beatles” live…”
    “I am sure you agree this was a lineup the likes of which a few years later one could only have dreamed of.”

    What could I say?
    Thank you!

    By Kint on May 11, 2014

  14. Some nice tracks here, thanks.

    Unfortunately, there are several that consistently won’t download for me: 104, 112, 118, 202, 208, 218. Clicking them goes to http://park.bigozine1a.com/

    Any chance of sorting these out?

    By Stephen on Dec 4, 2016

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