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The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)

Live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s. Includes Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Clark ...
Himself (as The Byrds)
Mike Clarke ...
Himself (as The Byrds)
The Byrds ...
Himself (as The Byrds)
Chris Hillman ...
Himself (as The Byrds)
Himself (as The Byrds)
Steve Boone ...
Himself (as Lovin' Spoonful)
Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Zal Yanovsky ...
Himself (as Lovin' Spoonful)
Roger Miller ...


Originally billed as "The T.A.M.I. Show II" in preview hype, this concert sequel produced by Phil Spector (who also appears) and filmed at the Moulin Rouge Theater in Hollywood, CA features performances by Joan Baez, The Byrds, Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Bo Diddley, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, David McCallum, Roger Miller, The Modern Folk Quartet, The Ronettes, Sky Saxon of the Seeds and Ike and Tina Turner. Written by alfiehitchie

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This was the night when the all-time greats of rock 'n roll, traditional blues, country western and folk rock came together for the biggest bash in the history of show business!


Documentary | Music





Release Date:

January 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran espectáculo a go-gó  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film belonged to a genre of films that began in the mid 60s that were actually stage productions broadcast on Closed Circuit TV and recorded on Kinescope for theater distribution. These films also included the heralded The T.A.M.I. Show (1964) as well as the theatrical 2nd version of 'Harlow (1965/II)' starring Carol Lynley. See more »


Edited into That Was Rock (1984) See more »


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Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Donovan
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Concert film captures the excitement of '60's rock.
17 October 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

So you've suffered through all those lousy rock movies from the 1950's through the beach party flicks of the 60's and you wonder, why couldn't anybody make a good movie about rock and roll? Well, here it is. The idea was straightforward--get rid of the clueless Hollywood producers and hire someone like Phil Spector to do the job. Junk those silly screenplays and actors from another generation and let the performers do what they do best--perform their music.

The well-staged concert film features a wide variety of artists, all in fine form, performing in the exciting and fast-moving days between the Beatles' explosion onto the American scene and the full flowering of psychedelia. One highlight is Joan Baez stepping out of the folk music milieu and belting out a version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" with Spector on piano. A favorite of mine is the Lovin' Spoonful romping through a couple of their hits. And if you aren't sure why Ike and Tina Turner are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, watch them here.

The camera work and editing are surprisingly good considering the bulky equipment used back then and the scarcity of other rock concert films that had come before. This is a great nostalgic trip for those who remember those days For those who don't. it gives you an idea of what all the excitement was about.

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