Surf pop duo, Jan and Dean host this showcase of performances by well-known Rock, R&B, and pop stars of the era.


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Credited cast:
The Beach Boys ... Themselves
The Barbarians The Barbarians ... Themselves
Chuck Berry ... Self
The Blossoms The Blossoms ... Themselves
James Brown ... Self (as James Brown and The Flames)
Marvin Gaye ... Self
Gerry and the Pacemakers ... Themselves
Lesley Gore ... Self
Jan & Dean Jan & Dean ... Themselves
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ... Themselves
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ... Themselves
The Supremes ... Themselves
The Rolling Stones ... Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Baker Toni Baker ... Self (keyboardist, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Florence Ballard ... Self (as The Supremes)


Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit "Maybelline". He is then joined by "Gerry and The Pacemakers" who do their updated British version of the song. and a medley of their hits. "Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas perform "Little Children " and "Bad To Me". Detroits' Motown is represented as "Diana Ross and The Supremes " sing "Baby Love" , by "Smokey Robinson and The Miracles" who sing "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" and by Marvin Gaye who sings " Hitchhike". NYCs Lesley Gore sings "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me",a million seller several years before "women's lib" The 'early surfer' hosts, Jan and Dean sing "The Little Old Lady From Passedena". "The Beach Boys" sing " I Get Around". James Brown, making his first nationally televised appearance, performs his standards "Out Of Sight", "Prisoner Of Love", "Night Train" and "Please Please Please", with cape. The Rolling Stones , in their first major venue, close the show performing "Time Is On My ... Written by

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The excitement, entertainment and music of teenage America! 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 »


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 »


[first lines]
Announcer: And now, Electronovision presents your hosts for 'Command Performance'. Two of America's most exciting young stars - Jan and Dean!
Dean Torrence: Hi.
Jan Berry: We'd like to start it off tonight with a fantastic act. The guy who started it all back in 1958: Chuck Berry!
Chuck Berry: [singing] Way down in Louisiana close to New Orleans, Way back up in the woods among the evergreeens, There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood, Where lives a country boy named Johnny B. Goode, Who never ever learned to read or write so ...
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-released without the Beach Boys segment. See more »


Referenced in Love & Mercy (2014) See more »


It's My Party
Written by Wally Gold (as Walter Gold), John Gluck, Herbert Weiner (as Herb Weiner) and Seymour Gottlieb (uncredited)
Performed by Lesley Gore
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Saw the TAMI movie when I was a kid
31 August 2004 | by JimmieThunderLizardSee all my reviews

Thanks for the great background information on the TAMI show, Wiluxe2.

It was certainly a defining moment in my musical life.

I saw it as a teenager when it first came out and will confirm that the segment by James Brown was the mother of all show-stoppers. I went to the movie to see the Rolling Stones segment, but left remembering James Brown signing Please, Please, Please. He was the real deal. I've seen some versions listed on e-bay with Ike and Tina doing Please Please Please, and other ones where it's JB. Perhaps over the years the movie segments have been cut and spliced so that the original show would be hard to recognize.

By the way, Leslie Gore's 'You Don't Own Me' was also great. She really has a wonderful melodic voice.

I'd be interested in the full length version in Video or DVD if it's available. JTL

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29 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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The Rock Revival of 1964 See more »

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