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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".
|Directed by||Steve Binder|
|Produced by||Bill Sargent|
The best footage from the two concert dates was combined 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, the song erroneously asserting that the Rolling Stones are from Liverpool. 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 (H.W. Sargent, Jr). The film was the second of a small number of productions that used the system. By capturing more than 800 lines of resolution at 25 frames per second, the video could be converted to film by 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 video
T.A.M.I. Show is particularly well known for James Brown and the Famous Flames' performance, which features his legendary dance moves and explosive energy. In interviews, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has claimed that choosing to follow Brown and the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, and Lloyd Stallworth) was the worst mistake of their careers, because no matter how well they performed, they could not top him. In a web-published interview, Binder takes credit for persuading the Stones to follow Brown, and serve as the centerpiece for the grand finale in which all the performers dance together onstage.
Motown Records, which by 1964 had experienced its first wave of chart-busting crossover success, was represented by three of its top acts: the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. The Miracles (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Marv Tarplin) had, three months earlier, lost the services of their sole female member, Claudette (Mrs. Smokey) Robinson. Claudette, who retired from touring for health reasons, remained as a non-touring member of the Miracles, recording with the group in the studio only. Marvin Gaye, backed by Shindig! favorites the Blossoms, sang several of his greatest hits. The show also featured the Supremes during their reign as the most successful female recording group of the era. The group had three chart-topping singles from July 1964 to December 1964, with the album Where Did Our Love Go reaching number two. Diana Ross went on to work with Binder on several of her television specials, including her first solo television special and her famous Central Park concert, Live from New York Worldwide: For One and for All.
Throughout the show, numerous go-go dancers performed in the background or beside the performers, under the direction of choreographer David Winters. Among them were Teri Garr and Toni Basil. According to filmmaker John Landis's DVD commentary for the film's trailer, he and fellow seventh-grade classmate David Cassidy were in the audience for the show.
Dick Clark Productions later acquired ownership of the concert from Sargent.
List of performersEdit
- 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
- The Miracles
- The Rolling Stones
- The Supremes
- The house band, known collectively as the Wrecking Crew, was under the musical direction of Jack Nitzsche and included drummer Hal Blaine, electric bass player Jimmy Bond, guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell, upright bassist Lyle Ritz, pianist Leon Russell, saxophonist Plas Johnson and others.
T.A.M.I. Show's executive producer was Bill Sargent. Sargent held patents in cable television and is considered the father of modern pay-per-view. He was the developer of Electronovision and its associated videotape technologies.
During the VHS era, there was never an authorized home video release of T.A.M.I. Show in its full, original cut, although bootlegs abounded. Most of the bootlegs were missing the Beach Boys' performance. The Beach Boys had been deleted from all prints made after the movie's initial theatrical run because of a copyright dispute. Selected numbers from the T.A.M.I. Show were edited together with performances from another concert film by the same producers, The Big T.N.T. Show, to create a hybrid work called That Was Rock. This film did receive a home video release from Media Home Entertainment's music division, Music Media, in 1984. It was felt that the film was unlikely to be released due to the cost of obtaining the publishing and performance rights to the extensive lineup of artists. (All of the four Beach Boys songs from the show eventually surfaced on DVD in Sights and Sounds of Summer, a special CD/DVD edition of Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys.)
On March 23, 2010, Shout! Factory released T.A.M.I. Show on a restored, digitally remastered and fully authorized DVD, with all performances, including the Beach Boys, included. (A DVD release of the complete film by First Look Studios had been planned for 2007, but subsequently withdrawn.)
On December 2, 2016, T.A.M.I. Show was released in Blu-ray as a combo package with The Big T.N.T. Show by Shout! Factory. Both features are presented in 1080p resolution, 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo.
The film was shown in its entirety in Canada on First Choice Network in 1984, the 20th anniversary of its release.
T.A.M.I. Show performers in Rock and Roll Hall of FameEdit
- Chuck Berry - inducted 1986
- The Beach Boys - inducted 1988
- Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - Smokey Robinson inducted 1987; The Miracles inducted 2012
- The Rolling Stones - inducted 1989
- The Supremes - inducted 1988
- James Brown & The Famous Flames - James Brown inducted 1986; The Famous Flames inducted 2012
- Marvin Gaye - inducted 1987
- Darlene Love (of The Blossoms) - inducted (solo) 2011
- Hal Blaine (of the Wrecking Crew) inducted (Musical Excellence) 2000
- Leon Russell (of the Wrecking Crew) inducted (Musical Excellence) 2011
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- Biography for David Winters at IMDb
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- The T.A.M.I. Show at IMDb
- The T.A.M.I. Show at AllMovie
- The T.A.M.I. Show - Still A Groundbreaking Music Event
- The T.A.M.I. Show essay by Daniel Eagan in America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry, A&C Black, 2010 ISBN 0826429777, pp. 604-606