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Release Date:
29 December 1964 (USA) See more »
It's the Greatest, Grooviest, Wildest, Most Exciting Beat Blast Ever to Pound the Screen! See more »
Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit Maebelline". He is then joined... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

The Beach Boys ... Themselves
The Barbarians ... Themselves

Chuck Berry ... Himself
The Blossoms ... Themselves

James Brown ... Himself (as James Brown and The Flames)
Marvin Gaye ... Himself
Gerry and the Pacemakers ... Themselves

Lesley Gore ... Herself
Jan & Dean ... Themselves
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ... Themselves
The Miracles ... Themselves (as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
The Supremes ... Themselves

The Rolling Stones ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Baker ... Himself (keyboardist, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Florence Ballard ... Herself (as The Supremes)
Jan Berry ... Himself (as Jan and Dean)
Pete Hilton ... Himself (drummer, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Fanita James ... Herself (as The Blossoms)
Al Jardine ... Himself (as The Beach Boys)
Brian Jones ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Raymond Jones ... Himself (bass guitar, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Jean King ... Herself (as The Blossoms)
Billy J. Kramer ... Himself (as Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas)

Darlene Love ... Herself (as The Blossoms)
Mike Love ... Himself (as The Beach Boys)
Leslie Maguire ... Himself (as Gerry and the Pacemakers)
Freddie Marsden ... Himself (as Gerry & The Pacemakers)
Gerry Marsden ... Himself (as Gerry & The Pacemakers)
Mike Maxfield ... Himself (guitarist, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Eddie Mooney ... Himself (guitarist, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Moulty ... Himself (as The Barbarians)

Keith Richards ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Claudette Robinson ... Herself (as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)

Smokey Robinson ... Himself (as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
Bobby Rogers ... Himself (as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)

Diana Ross ... Herself (as The Supremes)
Marvin Tarplin ... Himself (as The Miracles)
Dean Torrence ... Himself (as Jan and Dean)

Charlie Watts ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Ronnie White ... Himself (as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)

Brian Wilson ... Himself (as The Beach Boys)
Carl Wilson ... Himself (as The Beach Boys)

Dennis Wilson ... Himself (as The Beach Boys)

Mary Wilson ... Herself (as The Supremes)

Bill Wyman ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)
Melanie Alexander ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)

Toni Basil ... Herself - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)
Hal Blaine ... Himself - Drummer in House Band (uncredited)
Jimmy Bond ... Himself - Upright Bass Player in House Band (uncredited)
Debbie Butler ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)

Glen Campbell ... Himself - Guitarist in House Band (uncredited)
Les Chadwick ... Himself (uncredited)
Rita D'Amico ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)
Pam Freeman ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)
Gail Ganley ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)

Teri Garr ... Herself - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)
Carlton Johnson ... Himself - Dancer (uncredited)

John Landis ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Anita Mann ... Herself - Dancer (uncredited)
Martha & The Vandellas ... Themselves (uncredited)
Jack Nitzsche ... Himself - Conductor (uncredited)
Don Peake ... Himself - Guitarist with Ray Charles (uncredited)
Danny Ray ... Himself - James Brown's Cape Handler (uncredited)
Lyle Ritz ... Himself - Electric Bass Player in House Band (uncredited)

Leon Russell ... Himself - Pianist in House Band (uncredited)

Phil Spector ... Himself (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... Himself - Guitarist in House Band (uncredited)

David Winters ... Himself - Choreographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Binder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Sargent Jr.  original idea (uncredited)

Produced by
Al Ham .... associate producer
William Sargent Jr. .... executive producer
Lee Savin .... producer
Cinematography by
Jim Kilgore  (as James E. Kilgore)
Film Editing by
Kent MacKenzie 
Bruce B. Pierce  (as Bruce Pierce)
Production Design by
Franklin Swig  (as Frank Swig)
Production Management
Del Jack .... production manager
Richard Krown .... post-production supervisor (as S. Richard Krown)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Turpin .... associate director
Sound Department
Ronald V. Ashcroft .... audio consultant (as Ronnie Ashcroft)
Lionel St. Peter .... audio engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Braislin .... camera operator
Ernest Hall .... camera operator (as Ernie Hall)
Carl Hanseman .... video engineer
Ken Lamkin .... camera operator (as Ken Lampkin)
Gary Stanton .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wally Harton .... costumer (as Wallace A. Harton)
Music Department
Steve Barri .... composer: theme song
David Hassinger .... audio consultant
Jack Nitzsche .... arranger and conductor (as Jack Nitsche)
P.F. Sloan .... composer: theme song (as Phil Sloan)
Other crew
Carol Bartlett .... assistant to producer
Toni Basil .... choreography assistant
Amanda Bluth .... talent consultant
Joseph E. Bluth .... supervisor: technical facilities
Nannette Eiland Flynn .... production assistant (as Nannette Eiland)
Chuck La Force .... technical director (as Charles W. La Force Jr.)
Robert Ringer .... technical supervisor (as Robert J. Ringer)
John Rougeot .... production coordinator
David Winters .... choreographer
Digby Wolfe .... special material

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Also Known As:
"The Rock Revival of 1964" - USA (informal alternative title)
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USA:123 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

John Landis, David Cassidy, and their entire 7th-grade junior high school class attended the concert, as one of their classmate's father was one of the producers. (According to Landis in his commentary for the original trailer on the Shout Factory DVD.)See more »
Factual errors: The opening song makes two factual errors. First, its mentioned that Chuck Berry will perform "Memphis", which he does not do in this show. The second error refers to the Rolling Stones as being from Liverpool, when they are actually from London.See more »
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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Rewrite of My Previous Review, 7 June 2002
Author: wiluxe-2 from Austin, Texas

I started collecting 16 mm films in the 1970's--jazz films mostly. Every now and then, though, something outside my area of interest would catch my eye in the film catalogues available on the underground market to collectors.The deliriously entertaining and rockin'100 minute TAMI Show was up for grabs in this format from one collector I knew (who was making prints from a negative he'd struck from a master print in his collection) for a mere $200.

In 1978 not a whole lot of people were hip to this amazing little documentary or to many of the artists performing in it; I remember its being briefly released theatrically in the mid-1960's when I was in high school as a Rolling Stone concert film. It was much more than that.

Filmed in 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in "Electronovision" (i.e., videotape later transferred to film), the TAMI Show is a record of one truly great concert hosted by the marginally talented Jan and Dean, featuring a mixture of groups and individuals and musical styles that pretty much summed up popular music of the era: American rock and roll(Chuck Berry); Motown (The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Marvin Gaye--who was himself backed by Darlene Love and the Crystals, though the latter are credited as `The Blossoms', their SHINDIG name from television); California surf music (the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean; sadly enough, the true pioneers of surf music, such as the legendary Dick Dale, are not represented here); American garage band (the Barbarians); the uncategorizable (but described in the TAMI theme song, sung by Jan and Dean, as representing New York City) Leslie Gore; the British Invasion (Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Rolling Stones); and the incandescent James Brown and His Famous Flames.

The whole spellbinding production was masterminded by Jack Nitzsche and directed by Steve Binder (who later gave us `The Singer Special', the unforgettable 1968 Elvis Comeback Special).

Before screening The TAMI Show, though, I would clue the audience in on its background: T.A.M.I. stands for "Teenage Music International", a foundation devoted to providing music scholarships to teens. The film itself was to be shown at the TAMI Foundation's first annual awards ceremony, where the scholarship winners would receive a TAMI, an award like an Emmy or an Oscar. Evidently the foundation never made it that far. As I've said, the film was released to theaters, then quickly withdrawn and never seen again.

The Beach Boys segment was included in the theatrical release print, but no subsequent print I've ever seen includes it. In fact, except for the opening sequence--a montage of film clips of the audience members and the show's performers arriving at the auditorium (including a WONDERFUL shot of Diana Ross applying her lipstick)--and some brief shots of them and the rest of the performers massed together onstage as the Stones perform `Dipsy Doodle' (!) at the show's conclusion, you never see the Beach Boys at all.

It's true that actress Teri Garr is among the TAMI Show's SHINDIG-like dancers (wearing a sweatshirt with what looks like a target on the front); also true is that Glen Campbell and Leon Russell appear in the house band, in tuxes no less. NOT true is that Ann-Margret dances behind Chuck Berry during his performance of "Sweet Little Sixteen" and caught the eye of some Hollywood hosebag who sought her out and made a movie star out of her. The young lady in question does look like A-M, but it's not her; besides, she was already deeply involved in show biz by this time.

Everybody is just great: Chuck Berry opens and trades off with Gerry and the Pacemakers, a peripheral British Invasion band that NOBODY I knew listened to (though Gerry Marsden was a pretty decent guitarist); Smokey Robinson and the Miracles follow with some choice material, ending with Smokey singing "Mickey's Monkey" and everybody dancing. Marvin Gaye does his thing next backed by the aforementioned Crystals.

Petite Leslie Gore, whose hair has been lacquered with hairspray for the occasion--it was a different world then, y'all--sings her hits, including "You Don't Own Me", which never failed to get a cheer from the audiences to whom I showed the film. Missing was the execrable "Sunshine and Lollipops", an inexplicable hit written by the no-longer-worth-maligning Marvin Hamlisch.

Jan and Dean follow with a few of their hits; Dean Torrance's falsetto sounds absurd onstage. The Beach Boys sequence followed with 4 songs, only three of which have been released as part of various rock retrospectives: `Dance, Dance, Dance', `Surfin' USA', and `Surfer Girl'. The fourth song is, I'm told, `I Get Around'.

Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas (Kramer's friend John Lennon-who wrote `Do You Want To Know A Secret?' for him-suggested that Kramer add the `J' to his name) follow with their Lennon-McCartney-penned hits "I'll Keep You Satisfied", `From A Window', and the beloved "Bad To Me". I could never watch Billy J without someone commenting on how much he resembles Andy Kaufman.

Next in this lineup is/are the original Supremes. Now when this film was originally distributed, the sound for the Supremes sequence was out of synch with the visuals; even the trailer for the film contained this annoying flaw. The guy who sold me my print CORRECTED this flaw; the result is a totally satisfying Supremes experience. Look for Teri Garr as a dancer in this segment.

Rhode Island's The Barbarians follow. Remember `Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl'? Sure you do. Remember "Moulty", the band's drummer (aka Victor Moulton) who had lost a hand in an accident and holds a drumstick in a CLAW? They had a hit song by the same name:

Verse 1:

(spoken): I remember the days when things were real bad for me It was right after my accident, when I lost my hand It seemed like I was all alone, with nobody to help me.

You know, I almost gave up all my hopes and dreams But then - then - then something inside me kept tellin' me Way down inside of me - over and over again To keep goin' on - yeah, on!

Chorus 1:

Moulty! Don't turn away (you're gonna make it, baby) Don't turn away (ah, try to make it, baby) Don't turn away

What you probably don't know is that Moulty Moulton was backed on the song by Bob Dylan's band, listed as `Levon and the Hawks'. The Barbarians sing one song on the TAMI Show and it's a good one, characterized by more of an '80's punk sound than was typical of the 60's.

THEN--James Brown enters from stage left, skating one-legged the whole way, electrifying EVERYONE. It is IMPOSSIBLE to watch the James Brown sequence and not be transformed by it: he pulls out ALL the stops, dropping to his knees (hard too), dancing faster than God Almighty ordinarily allows, shouting, whispering, screeching, imploring, and shutting down everything that came before. To witness his performance is to have an epiphany. At the end, even the hardened studio musicians backing everybody up stand to applaud him, and he's called back from the wings at least twice to a sustained ovation.

The Stones are next; and to this day Keith Richards says that following James Brown at the TAMI Show was the biggest mistake of their lives. But they put on a pretty damn fine show nonetheless; in fact, it still stands as my own favorite Stones performance.

POSTSCRIPT: this film has been available commercially only in truncated form, paired up with THE BIG TNT SHOW on a single tape, with Chuck Berry doing the intros to SOME of the performances from both films. That tape is itself out of print; you might be able to find it for rent somewhere. Sadly, you can't watch Chuck emceeing without cringing or feeling ashamed for him.

Dick Clark currently owns the rights to this wonderful film, so good luck ever seeing it again in our lifetime, since he'll probably outlive us all. The TAMI Show deserves to see the light of day again as it was originally introduced to us--uncut, without colorizing, in theaters, and with the Beach Boys segment intact. Then let us buy our own copies.

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