Beat-Club

ARD (ended 1972)
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  • S 8 : Ep 4

    Show 83: December 9, 1972 (Final Beat-Club: The Osmonds, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Osmond)

    Aired 12/9/72

  • S 8 : Ep 3

    Show 82: November 25, 1972

    Aired 11/25/72

  • S 8 : Ep 2

    Show 81: October 28, 1972

    Aired 10/28/72

  • S 8 : Ep 1

    Show 80: September 30, 1972 - Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, June Carter Cash, Anita Carter

    Aired 9/30/72

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    Show 79: June 24, 1972

    Aired 6/24/72

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alan Price

    Himself

  • Dave Lee Travis

    host (1966-69, shows 9 - 45)

  • Dave Dee

    host (1969-70, shows 46 - 53)

  • Eddie Vickers

    host (appeared sporadically 1966-67)

  • Gerd Augustin

    host (1965-66, shows 1 - 7)

  • show Description
  • The legendary West German rock series Beat-Club was broadcast from September 1965 through December 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, Germany and produced by the regional TV network Radio Bremen, which at that time was part of the German Government radio chain ARD. Radio Bremen was the sole producer for episodes 1 – 34. Episodes 35 through 74 were produced jointly by Radio Bremen and the WDR network. Beat-Club was co-created by Gerhard Augustin and Mike Leckebusch. Gerhard ("Gerd") Augustin was a well-known disc jockey in Bremen and northern Germany. In 1963 he was the first DJ to spin records at local clubs. He was a moderator (co-host) of the first seven Beat-Club shows. Michael Leckebusch, a former trumpet player in a theatre band in Hamburg, came to work for Radio Bremen's TV station in 1965. He became the director of Beat-Club. Uschi Nerke joined Augustin as co-host of Beat-Club. She started with the first show and remained with the series through the end of its run. (She was not, however, involved in the concept or creation of the show.) Beat-Club premiered September 25, 1965. While this premiere episode may appear tame, the TV network at the time feared complaints by parents and other adults who didn't like rock music. This show, in fact, began with a plea by German TV personality William Wieben for tolerance. Rough translation: "Good day, dear Beat friends. The time has come. In few seconds we will begin the first show on German television made especially for you. As for you Ladies and Gentlemen who do not like Beat (rock) music, we ask for your understanding: this is a live show for young people. And now we're taking off..."Beat-Club is believed to have been Germany's first rock music series. Beat-Club should not be confused with another German TV series, Beat! Beat! Beat!, which premiered in 1966. Beat! Beat! Beat! was produced in a different city (Frankfurt am Main), by the regional network Hessischer Rundfunk. The series went through many format changes in its 7 years on the air. At first the show took on a (sort of) Cavern Club look. The walls behind the stage were brick - no fancy sets. The bands performed live while audience members were shown dancing. Sometime after show #8, Dave Lee Travis became a co-host. Travis had been a D.J. with "Radio Caroline," a pirate radio station that broadcasted into Britain from an offshore ship. Eddie Vickers, a soldier with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), appeared sporadically as host during 1966-67. Dave Lee Travis' last appearance as host was on episode #45. His replacement was Dave Dee, of "Dave Dee, Dosy, Beaky, Mick & Titch." Dave Dee appeared on episodes 46 through 53. Around 1967, the series switched from live performances to lip-synching. The look of the set also changed, from the brick walls to the more familiar set with large cards in the background displaying the names of the performers. Another change around this time was the introduction of the "Go-Go-Girls," a troupe of young women who danced to recordings of current hits. "Beat Club" switched from black & white to color on December 31, 1969 (episode #50). Starting with episode 46 (September 1969) most of the music guests started performing live again. The final Beat-Club program aired in December 1972. The series was replaced by Musikladen, which lasted until 1984. Uschi Nerke was a co-host on Musikladen from 1972-1980.moreless

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    • Uschi Nerke spends part of the show reading letters sent in by viewers.

    • In addition to the guests listed above, Radio Bremen's website also mentions the Beatles ("und den Beatles"). This "appearance" might have been a video for "We Can Work it Out."

    • The Spencer Davis - "Keep on Running" performance was filmed in February 1966. It was recorded at the first Beat Festival at the Stadthalle in Bremen. (Thanks to Gerhard Augustin for providing this info.)

    • This is believed to be the last show with co-host Gerd Augustin. (Clips of him might have appeared on show #9, which showed highlights from shows #1 - #8.)

    • Uschi Nerke is the only host on this show.

    • Additional song: --Neil Christian - "Oops" (performed on July 16, 1966 or December 31, 1966)

    • Additional song: --Neil Christian - "Oops" (performed on July 16, 1966 or December 31, 1966)

    • According to the official Radio Bremen website, Wilson Pickett and The Markeys also performed on episode 17. But neither performer appears on any known copy of this episode.

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    • Dancer in audience almost knocks down Gerry's microphone at the beginning of "Ferry Cross the Mersey"

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  • It is great to be able to look back and see what was happening in the late sixties and early seventies

    By denchys, Sep 06, 2006

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