T.A.M.I. Show

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T.A.M.I. Show
Movie poster
Directed bySteve Binder
Produced byBill Sargent
Distributed byAIP
Release date(s)December 29, 1964
Running time123 min.
CountryUnited States
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For the band, see TAMI Show (band).
T.A.M.I. Show
Movie poster
Directed bySteve Binder
Produced byBill Sargent
Distributed byAIP
Release date(s)December 29, 1964
Running time123 min.
CountryUnited States

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".

The best footage from each of the two concert dates was edited 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. 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. The film was the second of a handful of productions that used the system.[1] By capturing more than 800 lines of resolution at 25 frame/s, the video could be converted to film via 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 videos.

T.A.M.I. Show is particularly well known for James Brown's 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 & The Famous Flames was the biggest mistake of their careers,[2] because no matter how well they performed, they could not top him. In a web-published interview,[1] Binder takes credit for persuading the Stones to follow James Brown, and serve as the centerpiece for the grand finale where all the performers dance together onstage. The show also featured The Supremes during their reign as the most successful female recording group of the era. Diana Ross would go on to work with the director Steve 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.[3] Among them were Teri Garr and Toni Basil.

According to filmmaker John Landis, he and David Cassidy, both seventh grade classmates at the time, were in the audience for the show.

In 2006, T.A.M.I. Show was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Dick Clark Productions later acquired ownership of the concert from Sargent.

List of performers[edit]

T.A.M.I. Show's Executive Producer was Bill Sargent (H.W. Sargent, Jr). Sargent held numerous patents in cable television and is considered the father of modern pay-per-view. Sargent was also the developer of Electronovision and the associated video tape technologies.

Set list[edit]

ArtistSong Title
Jan and Dean (Over credits)(Here They Come) from All Over the World
Chuck BerryJohnny B. Goode
Gerry & The PacemakersMaybellene
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
It's Gonna Be Alright
Chuck BerrySweet Little Sixteen
Gerry & The PacemakersHow Do You Do It?
Chuck BerryNadine
Gerry & The PacemakersI Like It
(Smokey Robinson and) The MiraclesThat's What Love Is Made Of
You've Really Got a Hold on Me
Mickey's Monkey
Marvin GayeStubborn Kind of Fellow
Pride and Joy
Can I Get a Witness
Hitch Hike
Lesley GoreMaybe I Know
You Don't Own Me
You Didn't Look Around
Hey Now
It's My Party
Judy's Turn to Cry
Jan and DeanThe Little Old Lady from Pasadena
Sidewalk Surfin'
The Beach BoysSurfin' U.S.A.
I Get Around
Surfer Girl
Dance, Dance, Dance
Billy J. Kramer and The DakotasLittle Children
Bad to Me
I'll Keep You Satisfied
From a Window
The SupremesWhen the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
Run, Run, Run
Baby Love
Where Did Our Love Go
The BarbariansHey Little Bird
James Brown and The Famous FlamesOut of Sight
Prisoner of Love
Please, Please, Please
Night Train
The Rolling StonesAround and Around
Off the Hook
Time Is on My Side
It's All Over Now
I'm Alright
Let's Get Together

Home video release[edit]

On March 23, 2010, Shout! Factory released T.A.M.I. Show on a restored, digitally remastered and fully authorized DVD. Prior to this there had never been an authorized home video release of the film in any format, although bootlegs abounded. (A DVD release of the complete film by First Look Studios was planned for 2007, but subsequently withdrawn.) Because of a rights dispute, footage of The Beach Boys' performance was deleted from all prints made after the movie's brief initial theatrical run, and is therefore absent from most of the bootlegs. All of the four Beach Boys tunes 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.

The film was shown in its entirety in Canada on First Choice Network in 1984, the 20th anniversary of its release.

Popular culture[edit]

The Police mention "James Brown on The T.A.M.I. Show" in their 1980 song "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around."

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has a song called "Lesley Gore On The TAMI Show" which appears on the albums Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars (2001) and Advance Base Battery Life (2009).


  1. ^ a b Neal Alpert (December 2002). "Steve Binder Interview". Mojo Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ Dick Clark (2005-09-08). "Teenage Awards Music International (DVD notes)". Learmedia. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935916/bio

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