December 19, 2010 – 4:08 am

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The New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert 1965 [Vigotone166/167, 2CD]

Live at Empire Pool, Wembley, UK; April 11, 1965. Very good soundboard.

This is a high quality Vigotone two-CD set taken from the soundtrack of a 1965 TV broadcast of this all-star concert. Enjoy the fine music by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits and more. - Philip Cohen

According to the sleeve notes:
The New Musical Express, the British music weekly with the largest circulation, staged a series of concerts in the ’60s featuring arties who topped their popularity polls. The concerts, known as The Poll Winners’ Concerts, were all held in Wembley. This two CD-set documents the second to last Poll Winner Concert held on April 11, 1965 at Wembley Stadium. An edited version of this concert was screened on ABC TV and networked throughout the UK on April 18 of that year. This set was compiled from the soundtrack of the unedited master.

Music is a great leveller and it’s great to find the likes of The Moody Blues, the R&B of Georgie Fame; the folk of The Seekers; the showtune/ballad of Cilla Black; The Rolling Stones; the sultry Dusty Springfield; more folk from Donovan and The Beatles all at the same show - no airs, just great fun and smashing three-minute pop. And, surprisingly or not, all quite innocent… really.

As someone who shared this on the net once quipped: “This one-day rock festival is a snapshot of rock the moment before it became rebellious. Bob Dylan hadn’t given The Beatles their first joint yet (that’s another story!), The Stones were mop tops and The Who weren’t yet at My Generation.” And one might even add, before The Seekers’ I’ll Never Find Another You was hijacked by church choirs.

Ah… those were the days.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction By Derek Johnson And Jimmy Saville (1.9MB)
Track 102. Bo Diddley - The Moody Blues (8.7MB)
Track 103. Go Now - The Moody Blues (6.8MB)
Track 104. Little Bitty Pretty One - Freedie And The Dreamers (5.0MB)
Track 105. A Little You - Freedie And The Dreamers (4.9MB)
Track 106. Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames (6.7MB)
Track 107. Walking The Dog - Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames (5.5MB)
Track 108. I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers (4.1MB)
Track 109. A World Of Our Own - The Seekers (6.1MB)
Track 110. Wonderful World - Herman’s Hermits (4.8MB)
Track 111. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits (5.7MB)
Track 112. Funny How Love Can Be - The Ivy League And Division Two (5.0MB)
Track 113. Sweet And Tender Romance - The Ivy League And Division Two (2.1MB)
Track 114. That’s Why I’m Crying - The Ivy League And Division Two (5.6MB)
Track 115. Time For You - Sounds Incorporated (5.2MB)
Track 116. In The Hall Of The Mountain King - Sounds Incorporated (4.4MB)
Track 117. Game Of Love - Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders (5.4MB)
Track 118. Just A Little Bit Too Late - Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders (5.2MB)
Track 119. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - The Rolling Stones (2.7MB)
Track 120. Pain In My Heart - The Rolling Stones (3.3MB)
Track 121. Around And Around - The Rolling Stones (3.8MB)
Track 122. The Last Time - The Rolling Stones (5.7MB)
Track 123. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Cilla Black with Sounds Incorporated (3.8MB)
Track 124. Going Out Of My Head - Cilla Black with Sounds Incorporated (5.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. You’re Gonna Need Sombondy On Your Bond - Donovan (7.9MB)
Track 202. Catch The Wind - Donovan (4.8MB)
Track 203. Here Comes The Night - Them (6.3MB)
Track 204. Turn On Your Love Light - Them (13.0MB)
Track 205. Bumble Bee - The Searchers (6.0MB)
Track 206. Let The Good Times Roll - The Searchers (5.2MB)
Track 207. Dancing In The Street - Dusty Springfield with The Echoes (5.2MB)
Track 208. Mockingbird - Dusty Springfield with The Echoes (3.7MB)
Track 209. I Can’t Hear You - Dusty Springfield with The Echoes (6.6MB)
Track 210. Boom Boom - The Animals (8.8MB)
Track 211. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals (3.7MB)
Track 212. Talkin’ ’bout You - The Animals (8.8MB)
Track 213. You Really Got Me - The Kinks (5.2MB)
Track 214. Tired Of Waiting For You - The Kinks (5.5MB)
Track 215. I Feel Fine - The Beatles (6.2MB)
Track 216. She’s A Woman - The Beatles (5.0MB)
Track 217. Baby’s In Black - The Beatles (4.2MB)
Track 218. Ticket To Ride - The Beatles (5.9MB)
Track 219. Long Tall Sally - The Beatles (6.0MB)


  2. Thanks for this, and for all the other fine music, Philip Cohen and BigO. Can’t wait to hear these bands I heard on the AM radio way back when.

    By Aking on Dec 19, 2010

  3. Another gem from Phil. Thanks, bigO!

    By Namoosedog on Dec 19, 2010

  4. This is actually from the Empire Pool at Wembley, next door to the stadium. It holds 15,000 whereas the Stadium holds 100,000. The Empire Pool was built for the London Olympics and was later renamed Wembley Arena, sometime in the 80’s I think. It was the home of many classic gigs from that period.

    By Liam NSW on Dec 19, 2010

  5. Great job once again. Brings back a lot of memories of when it was exciting to listen to AM radio for the sheer variety of music we would hear on a daily basis. Thanks Phil and BigO!!!

    By Rick D on Dec 19, 2010

  6. thanks a lot for your incredible works
    merry christmas!

    By jean-louis Dréau on Dec 19, 2010

  7. Hello Liam
    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 19, 2010

  8. Got this as a boot in the 80s; It’s right up there with the TAMI show for I-can’t-believe-it pop congregation. Hasthis ever shownup on DVD boot?

    By Terry on Dec 19, 2010

  9. To Terry,

    Yes, it has appeared on DVD boot.

    By Philip Cohen on Dec 20, 2010

  10. I have two versions of this show on video, one sourced from film, the other VT. Neither are complete with just one track apiece by Georgie Fame, Ivy League and Dusty (the edits are very badly done) so greatly appreciate getting to hear the missing songs here. Missing from all copies but surfaced on her Golden Lights CD reissue is Twinkle performing “Terry” and I’m sure some footage of Tom Jones exists as well. So there seems to be several different cuts of this show about…. certainly never encountered this variant before. Many thanks.

    By Harold Michaels on Dec 20, 2010

  11. really looking forward to listening to this one ..thanks big o

    By sluggo on Dec 20, 2010

  12. Every week is a great week at BigO, but you guys really outdid yourselves this week.


    By TDC on Dec 20, 2010

  13. I should note that the 1964 & 1965 NME awards shows were the only ones videotaped in their entirety(the 1964 show was originally videotaped, but now only exists as a kinescope, due to Britain’s changeover from 405 line video to 625 line video).Kinescopes were used to preserve materials from the 405 line system, because the original videotapes would be useless for re-broadcast in the 625 line system.
    As for the 1966 concert, only a few of the artists’ performances exist on video(The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits & Dusty Springfield). The Beatles & The Rolling Stones refused to allow their performances to be videotaped, due to a dispute with the musicians union. As for The Who & The Small Faces, if their performances were taped(and it’s not certain that they were taped), the tapes don’t exist. These artists may also have refused permission to be recorded.

    By Philip Cohen on Dec 20, 2010

  14. Hello Phil. Thank you for this show, which I have only seen as one or two song clips in individual large rock review series such as History of Rock and Roll and the like. The Seekers’ I’ll Never Find Another You was hijacked by church choirs, eh? Hmmm. Seems like a rather strong term to use. I was in a “contemporary youth” Lutheran choir that toured in Southern California in the early 70’s. We regularly included John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Roads and Grandma’s Feather Bed, for some reason. Should the people who allowed the Quarrymen (pre-Beatle group that included John, Paul and George)to play at their church festival feel ill-used? How about when fledgling record labels used churches to record rock artists? Is that “proper use of the house of God?” When Bermuda Schwartz, drummer of Weird Al Yankovic, played on old testament songs on a CD of Apologetix, a Christian version of Weird Al, does that cross this imaginary line? How about artists who got their start in Gospel music? How about using a German beer drinking song for a Classical Christian masterpiece? The truth about the matter is that churches and choirs and “secular” music have had a symbiotic relationship for a long time, and will continue to draw from each other for inspiration. I’ll Never Find Another You reached an expanded audience that may have never heard it otherwise. How many artists have recorded Christmas albums? Jerry Wexler produced Slow Train Coming for Dylan. Did Neil Diamond “hijack” Christmas music? On the radio tonight, they played cut from a “Muslim Christmas Music” CD that’s just been released.
    That is rather interesting.
    There’s plenty to discuss, consider and even debate about these influences.

    By 2yrsnojob on Dec 20, 2010

  15. Indeed all acts except The Beatles and Stones were taped in 1966 and the show was split into two separate programmes. Unfortunately only one part remains today - the other part was either wiped or mislaid. What didn’t help was the fact they were filmed by ABC who lost their license in 1968 in a big shake up of the UK Commercial TV stations in preparation for the arrival of colour TV in late 1969. The ABC archive became defunct and the videotapes were inherited by new stations Thames and LWT who then went about wiping the videotapes with their own programmes. Quite likely this was what happened to the original uncut videotape as well as the edited down missing part that was broadcast. A miracle then that we do have what there is.

    There does remain a big mystery with the 1964 show. Definitely filmed and broadcast were The Dave Clark Five and Cliff and The Shadows but apart from short clips being used in a Cliff TV special in 1968, both those performances seem to have vanished completely and remain unaccounted for to this day.

    By Harold Michaels on Dec 20, 2010

  16. Hello 2yrsnojob
    Thanks for your comments. By all means, thank Phil Cohen for sharing the show. But the reference to The Seekers’ I’ll Never Find Another You was not made by Phil. “Hijacked by church choirs” was not meant to be acusatory. It is true that being adopted by the church, it is a way of spreading the music. But also bear in mind that in the process, younger listeners and those less informed might never realise that The Seekers, in this case, were the original singers of the tune. And the same could probably be said of other secular songs sung by church choirs.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 20, 2010

  17. The DVD boot of the Beatles performance is classic, they battle the microphones which keep turning on them……..hilarious!

    In mid song they’ll have to reach up and turn the mike around so they can be heard!

    By todd on Dec 20, 2010

  18. the blown start on go now by the moody blues is unbelievable…

    By sluggo on Dec 20, 2010

  19. were the yardbirds present ?

    By sluggo on Dec 20, 2010

  20. I wonder if this is the show described in Ray Davies book where the friendly Mr. Lennon is admiring Ray’s guitar just prior to the Kinks set and quietly tweedles all the knobs before returning it to it’s stand. A little bit of good natured professional sabotage.

    By Sking on Dec 21, 2010

  21. Sluggo,

    The Yardbirds appeared in the 1966 show.

    By Philip Cohen on Dec 21, 2010

  22. gotcha..thanks phil..

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2010

  23. Hi, I’m trying to get hold of At Home With The Quarrymen or The Beatles Complete Home Recordings 1958-62. Either of these that feature the 17 minute version of “That’s The End”

    Does nayone know where I can buy or download one of these

    [email protected]

    By Craig Conway on Dec 21, 2010

  24. Many of these performances are available on you tube in very clear quality. Thanks for all the wonderful gems you bring us. Happy Holidays-
    Cheers from Boulder Colorado!

    By John on Dec 23, 2010

  25. I’m breathlessly downloading all these gems! Even the Beach Boys stuff are already on my harddisk, and I got crazy for those!!! INFINITE THANKS!!!

    By SerialSinger on Dec 24, 2010

  26. Yes, thank you for all the great old tunes. Music back then was sure more enjoyable than most of the ‘CRAP’ made nowadays. A Happy Holiday to all.

    By datdemdar on Dec 24, 2010

  27. A cool thing about this show is that this was the live debut of “Ticket To Ride.” The record had been released only two days before this show, and they’d mimed to it on a pair of TV appearances earlier in the week, but this was the very first time the band plugged in and performed it live in front of an audience.

    I have this bootleg, but my copy is going bad, so this is very much appreciated, thanks!!

    By Ed C. on Dec 27, 2010

  28. Thanks! I was there — it was the first gig I ever attended. Pretty good start, eh? It took some organizing, what with writing in to the NME for a ticket (probably with a postal order) and finding someone my parents could accept to give me a bed since I had to travel to get there. What I remember is that when The Beatles came on, the screaming was so loud it took even me, a known fanatic, half of each song just to identify it. And I didn’t care, it was great, simply the most exciting thing I had ever experienced. Gee, now I can finally hear it, only 45 years later …

    By pete on Dec 27, 2010

  29. Great post here. I have this as one of the edited videos making the rounds o this will be great to hear. Thanks

    By Matt on Dec 29, 2010

  30. This is a great deal of fun, thanks. I must say I am a huge Kinks fan but their performance is of “You Really Got Me” is almost painful to listen to. I knew they had a hard time hearing each other but Pete Quaife’s, may he rest in peace, attempt at singing harmony is comically inept at best and painful at worst. Thanks again.

    By Andrew Swift on Jan 2, 2011

  31. Has the 1966 Poll Winners Concert soundtrack ever appeared on CD? Both the 64 and 65 were familiar to me before, but I have never come across a 1966 recording, only a video.

    By Christopher ("Dr.D.") on Jan 3, 2011

  32. To Andrew Swift,

    Often the high harmony voice on early Kinks studio recordings(and even BBC studio recordings) were by Ray Davies’ then-girlfriend Rasa…who was not with the group for live shows. Also, live reproductions of the earliest Kinks records were bound to suffer from the absence of session drummer Bobby Graham, the actual drummer(and the group concedes this) on the first four Kinks UK singles, and all of the songs on their debut album(except “Stop Your Sobbing”). Graham(born Robert Neate), who passed away in 2009 was also the actual drummer on many of the 1964-67 Dave Clark Five records(Listen to “I Took My Baby Home” on the debut Kinks album, where Graham rather blantantly used his “Dave Clark” drum sounds on a Kinks record.)

    By Philip Cohen on Jan 4, 2011

  33. Is this a ful listing of that show? I was there as a kid. I am sure Tom Jones was there performing.

    By Martyn Copcutt on Jun 27, 2012

  34. Thanks for the music and all the info.
    (except to Jimmy S)

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