Remembering the TAMI Show – Highlights From the 4/1 Rock and Roll Revisited

Up Front:

Travel back in time with the master of colorization. Via @Wired.

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An oldie but goodie: How old is the average successful start up founder? Older than you might think.

For your listening pleasure: A YouTube Playlist of every Billboard Number 1 from 1959 through 2018.

Today In History:

US Population – 1960 (click to enlarge)

1960 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000

1963 NYC’s newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike

1963 Soap operas ‘General Hospital’ & ‘Doctors’ premiere on ABC TV

1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

1970 US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from 1st Jan 04-01-1971

1972 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike

1974 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

1976 ‘Helter Skelter’, detailing Charles Manson’s cult ‘family’, their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath,
premieres on CBS’

1976 Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..’

1976 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parents house in Cupertino, California’

1977 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games’

1978 ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ last airs on NBC-TV’

1980 New York City’s Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.’

Happy Birthday to:
1883 Lon Chaney (d. 1930)
1932 Debbie Reynolds (d. 2016)
1939 Rudolph Isley
1947 Ronnie Lane (d. 1997)
1948 Jimmy Cliff
1949 Gil Scott-Heron (d. 2011)
1961 Susan Boyle

Today’s Quote Worth Re-Quoting: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” ~E. F. Schumacher


By Guest Columnist – Bob Berry

The Greatest Concert You Never Saw

Two nights of the stars of 1964 in concert, presented over two nights (October 28 & 29th)  at the Santa Monica Auditorium in Southern California. Directed by Steve Binder, who later produced Elvis ’68 Comeback special, the best of the performances were edited into a two hour film that was presented in theaters around the country.

The greatest concert you never saw? Because after the initial theatrical run, The T.A.M.I. Show disappeared. Oh, there were references in rock journalism, there were bootlegs, and later grainy vids on You Tube,  but that only added to the mystique. Finally, in 2010, Shout Factory released a digitally remastered DVD, and what was urban legend became an true revelation. The T.A.M.I. Show was better than “advertised”!

Check the lineup. Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Leslie Gore. The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, plus Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The British Invasion stars included Gerry & The Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas. Plus Jan and Dean as the MC’s, the legendary Wrecking Crew as the house band, with Darlene Love and the Blossoms providing backup vocals!

And there were two more stars to close the show. James Brown and the Fabulous Flames, who gave a performance second only to his Live at the Apollo shows, and The Rolling Stones. How good was James? So good that to this day Keith Richards says following “The Godfather of Soul” was the biggest mistake of the Stones’ career!

BTW. What did T.A.M.I. stand for? Teenage Awards Music International or, on occasion, Teen Age Music International. Clever either way, but no awards were ever handed out! (Video)

Editor’s Note: 

What made T.A.M.I unique was the technology that recorded it.

H. William “Bill” Sargent, Jr., modified the existing video tape recording system, and French TV cameras capable of 800 lines of resolution. The engineering geeks among us remember that the original US analog television standard was just 525 lines with 29 interlaced frames per second. Taking advantage of the human eye’s persistence of vision, this provided a viewable television picture. But as those of us who watched the tape to film Kinescope transfers remember, watching television on a large screen was problematic. Electronovision’ larger video capture plus  a 25 frame per second refresh rate allowed for video to film transfers that looked great in theaters.

Since videotape editing at the time was primitive at best, Electronovision recordings were essentially considered live broadcasts. Whole scenes were shot in long blocks, typically at least 5 or 10 minutes, and segments were physically cut together using mechanical 2″ videotape splicing blocks. A special chemical solution and magnetic powder, applied to the videotape and viewed under a microscope, allowed the editor to see the video pulses and precisely align them for glitch-free editing. However, the technique was hit-and-miss and made it difficult to make accurate, fast edits.

Sargent’s original Electronovision empire went out of business around 1966, following the release of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off. The producer revived the idea in 1975 with newer, color video equipment, and was able to mount a critically acclaimed independent release of James Whitmore’s one-man show Give ’em Hell, Harry. Two years later, Sargent had his most successful production, Richard Pryor’s early 1979 live stand-up comedy performance Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, which received wide distribution in theaters as well as on cable TV and, later, home video.