Saturday, March 15, 2014

Legendary Concert: The TAMI Show (1964)

I've been reading about this concert film for years, especially the performance by James Brown, and now its on YouTube!  Interrnet, you've done it again!

Hosted by Jan and Dean, featuring everything from teen pp idols to garage bands to the greatest live acts in history,  it's the perfect mix of show business professionalism and raw rock and roll energy. This video is owned by the mouldering corpse of Dick Clark, so I'd recommend downloading this before somebody takes it down.

From Wikipedia:
T.A.M.I. Show is a 1964 concert film released by American International Pictures. 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 each of the two concert dates was edited 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. 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. The film was the second of a handful of productions that used the system.[1] By capturing more than 800 lines of resolution at 25 frame/s, the video could be converted to film via 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 videos.
Performers: The Barbarians, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry ,James Brown and The Famous Flames, Marvin Gaye (with backing vocals by The Blossoms),Gerry & the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan and Dean, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Rolling Stones, and The Supremes.

 I'm still taking it in, but my favorite part so far is seeing the Barbarians perform "Hey Little Bird", featuring a terrific performance by their legendary one-handed drummer, Victor "Moulty" Moulton  .

Moulty became a sort of a cult figure after the autobiographical single "Moulty" was rereleased on the classic "Nuggets" compilation in 1972.  With good natured innocence, Moulty  talks about overcoming adversity after "my accident".  (According to wikipedia, he lost his hand in an explosion when he was 14.)

I first heard "Moulty" in the 1980s, and ever since then , I've felt a real affection for this young man, and to finally get to see his joy in playing the drums is a real treat.

Moulton kept bringing the Barbarians back with new lineups during the seventies ande nineties, without much success, but I like to thing he continued to have a great time.  I thin I may have found him on Google, running a carpet cleaning service in Massachusetts. 

Hope he found that real girl, the one who really loves him.  But either way, I'm sure he don't need no pity!

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