Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Musical Express- Poll Winners Concert I

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New Musical Express- Poll Winners Concert 1963-64-65-66...

The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a popular music magazine in the United Kingdom which has been published weekly since March 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, which first appeared in the 14 November 1952 edition. The magazine's commercial heyday was during the 1970s when it became the best-selling British music magazine.

The paper's first issue was published on 7 March 1952 after the Musical Express and Accordion Weekly was bought by London music promoter Maurice Kinn, and relaunched as the New Musical Express. It was initially published in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newspri. On 14 November 1952, taking its cue from the U.S. magazine Billboard, it created the first UK Singles Chart. The first of these was, in contrast to more recent charts, a top twelve sourced by the magazine itself from sales in regional stores around the UK. The first number one was "Here In My Heart" by Al Martino.

During the 1960s the paper championed the new British groups emerging at the time. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were frequently featured on the front cover. These and other artists also appeared at the NME Poll Winners Concert, an awards event that featured artists voted as most popular by the paper's readers. The concert also featured an awards ceremony where the poll winners would collect their awards. The NME Poll Winners Concerts took place between 1963 and 1966. They were filmed, edited and then transmitted on British television a few weeks after they had taken place.
The latter part of the 1960s saw the paper chart the rise of psychedelia and the continued dominance of British groups of the time. During this period some sections of pop music began to be designated as Rock. The paper became engaged in a sometimes tense rivalry with its fellow weekly music paper Melody Maker, however NME sales were healthy with the paper selling as many as 200,000 issues per week which made it one of the UK's biggest sellers.


NME POLL WINNERS CONCERT "BIG BEAT" '64 1964 Apr-26-64. U.K. New Musical Express poll winners concert. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Searchers, the Merseybeats, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Joe Loss orchestra, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Manfred Mann, Jet Harris with Sounds Incorporated, Kathy Kirby, Big Dee Irwin, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers....

NME POLL WINNERS CONCERT 1965 Apr-11-65. U.K. New Musical Express poll winners concert. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Searchers, the Moody Blues, Freddie and the Dreamers, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, the Seekers, Herman's Hermits, the Ivy League and Division Two, Sounds Incorporated, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Cilla Black, Donovan, Them, the Animals, the Kinks.

NME POLL WINNERS CONCERT 1966 May-1-66. U.K. New Musical Express poll winners concert. Compered by disc jockeys Jimmy Savile and Pete Murray. Sounds Incorporated: "Hall of the Mountain King," "Zorba the Greek." The Fortunes: "This Golden Ring," "You've Got Your Troubles." Herman's Hermits: "She's a Must to Avoid," "You Won't be Leaving." Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: "You Make it Move," "Hold Tight." The Yardbirds: "Train Kept-A-Rollin'," "Shapes of Things." Crispian St. Peters: "Send Me Some Lovin'," "The Pied Piper." The Alan Price Set: "Baby Workout," "I Put a Spell on You." Dusty Springfield (backed by the Echoes): "In the Middle of Nowhere," "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," "Shake."

Note: British ABC-TV filmed this concert and then edited for TV broadcast. Other artists performed at this concert but were not on the televised show. And, in contrast to the previous two years, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones did not allow ABC-TV to film their performances.


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