The Best Rockumentaries: #3 "The T.A.M.I. Show" (1964)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
August 30, 2017 8:49am CST
After Woodstock and Monterey, the T.A.M.I. Show is the most important concert event in rock history due to its spectacular diverse lineup showcasing California surf, Motown and British invasion acts. The show is famously known for the explosive breakout into the mainstream performance by James Brown and the Fabulous Flames. Often cited as career best, Brown was so electrifying the Rolling Stones bemoaned having to follow him onstage. The event was held October 28-29, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Free tickets were distributed to local high school students and T.A.M.I. stood for teenage music international. Footage for what would become a 123 minute film was shot by Steve Binder, noted TV director of musical specials including Elvis’ 1968 comeback show. Jan and Dean served as hosts signing a special concert song “Here They Come (From all over the world).” Motown was represented by the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. Chuck Berry did his thing. There were Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. Due to copyright reasons, Beach Boys footage was excised after original release and restored for DVD release. And there were go go girls including Oscar nominee Teri Garr and Toni Basil of “Mickey” fame.
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You're right, that was a major show. I wonder how much legitimacy rock would have had (or how much longer it would have taken, maybe I should say) without things like this to show that, although it was billed as "teenagers" music, it had massive appeal.