T.A.M.I. Show

T.A.M.I. Show

Teenage Awards Music International

DVD - 2010
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Introduces the Swinging '60s to America with the first concert movie of the rock era, and captures such superstars as the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and many other Motown and British Invasion acts in their early prime. Includes commentary, radio spots, and booklet.


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JCLFlanneryC Sep 15, 2020

Another one of my favorite concert films! I feel like this one is a little bit of a "sleeper" that's overdue for a Criterion reissue. Apparently they let the area high schools out early to attend a surprise concert featuring Lesley Gore, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Beach Boys, etc. This concert has so much personality, not just from the stars but also the audience, the backup dancers, the band. Like the blonde dancer trying to steal the stage from Diana Ross (!), the impossible cool of James Brown's drummer, or the deftness of the "big" Miracle (he's so light on his feet!) James Brown's performance is so dynamic that it makes the Rolling Stones look like dorks. A lot of the bigger names in this documentary, including the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys, get creamed by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Lesley Gore. Filmed in the crispest film available in 1963 ("Electronovision"), this is so much fun to watch, an amazing concert that broke the rules by featuring black & white performers on the same stage. Forget about Jan & Dean, BB and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers (zzz) and fast forward to "Please, Please, Please!"

Jul 31, 2016

Classic rock show from 1964 with an outstanding lineup including: Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, James Brown, The Rolling Stones. Jan & Dean act as hosts with silly stage dancing with girls in bikinis and fringe dresses (this is before groovy! Reminded me of the show Shindig!) Starts off with Chuck Berry trading songs with Gerry & the Pacemakers - at one point the Pacemakers are singing and Chuck is dancing along and then Chuck is singing a song and the Pacemakers really cannot dance and their drummer can't even clap with the rhythm (poor Chuck but quite funny!) Next up Lesley Gore, I was distracted by her helmet hair - I don't think a hurricane would have messed it up! Smokey & the Miracles come on and are 10 better than the stage dancers. Young looking Beach Boys, the Supremes, then James Brown and the Famous Flames - without the stage dancers. No one out dances the Godfather of Soul during Please, Please. Ends with the Rolling Stones looking very young. I didn't watch with any of the commentary, some performances stand alone. This was all before MTV and music videos and it still entertains. Fun to watch.

Dec 02, 2015

Yep. If you enjoy rock'n'roll from the early 1960's, then the T.A.M.I. Show (filmed in b&w) will surely keep you well-entertained for its full, 2-hour running time.

With such first-rate talent-of-the-day as - Marvin Gaye, Billy J. Kramer,The Supremes, and The Beach Boys (to name but a few), the T.A.M.I. Show was an "all live" program where no one ever dared to lip-sync and the go-go dancers were teeming with energy like you wouldn't believe.

This long-unavailable, landmark film is the very first concert movie of the rock era. I certainly recommend it to anyone who's at all interested in the early history of rock'n'roll.

Jul 01, 2015

1964's The T.A.M.I. Show (T.A.M.I. is short for Teenage Awards Music International) was the very first live-concert movie of the rock era. And, believe me, this long-unavailable, landmark film is a real groovy treat for any ardent fan of early pop music.

Featuring a bevy of over-zealous go-go dancers and hysterically screaming fans, The T.A.M.I. Show proficiently showcased the budding talent of early-1960's pop music sensations from both sides of the Atlantic.

Filmed in b&w, at Santa Monica's Civic Auditorium (a 3000-seat venue), The T.A.M.I. Show's biggest highlights were The Beach Boys (performing "Surfer Girl"), The Supremes (performing "Baby Love"), and The Rolling Stones (performing "Time Is On My Side").

Directed by Steve Binder - This 2-hour music extravaganza also featured the singing talents of James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Lesley Gore, to name but a few of the 14+ performers.

rocknrollphilip Jan 19, 2013

Such a treat to see the "real" Rolling Stones, but, the revelation is Leslie Gore's set, in which she certainly holds her own on a bill loaded with heavyweights!

May 13, 2011

Considering the age of the audio video materials (60's), it's worth to watch and listen to this DVD.

Aug 07, 2010

this was back in the day where performers had to play and sing live without any trickery that is rampant today.


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