Wednesday, June 21, 2006

So, farewell then, Top of the Pops

Oh dear. It's finally happened. Auntie Beeb has pulled the plug of Top of the Pops after 42 years as reported by Guardian media. I suppose that something which was based around the "Hit Parade" and Jimmy Saville breathlessly explaining who was up and who was down in a chart which involved millions of record sales was bound to gasp its last breath in an era when singles sales are a fraction of that.

But what a great run it's had. Part of growing up in the UK. I still remember when Strawberry Fields reached the Number One spot and was announced as such on TOTP. I was eight at the time.

There are some wonderful photographs of TOTP in its heyday on the BBC website here.

Click on the arrow below to see The Rolling Stones performing "Last Time" on Top of the Pops in 1965.

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