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VOTE The Top of the Pops  

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TOP OF THE POPS BEGAN ON NEW YEAR´S DAY 1964 IN STUDIO IN DICKENSON ROAD IN RUSHOLME MANCHESTER. THE SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO RUN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BUT LASTED OVER 42 YEARS. THE SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY BASED ON THE TOP 20. BY 1970 THE TOP 30 WAS BEING USED AND THE SHOW WAS EXTENDED FROM 30 TO 45 MINUTES DURATION. A SWITCH TO THE TOP 40 WAS MADE IN 1984. THE SHOW ALWAYS END WITH THE NUMBER ONE RECORD ALSO THE SHOW WOULD INCLUDE THE HIGHEST NEW ENTRY AND THE HIGHEST CLIMBER ON THE CHARTS. ON THE FIRST SHOW FEATURED THE ROLLING STONES WITH " I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN", DUSTY SPRINGFIELD WITH "I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU", THE DAVE CLARK FIVE WITH "GLAD ALL OVER", THE HOLLIES WITH "STAY", THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS WITH " HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE", AND THE BEATLES WITH "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND". LARGELY DUE TO THE VARYING LEVELS OF AVAILABILITY OF CHARTS THROUGHOUT THE 70´S, THE SHOW FEATURED TIGHTLY CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE TROUPS SUCH AS: RUBY FLIPPER, LEGS & CO AND ZOO. BY 1980 THE TROUPES WERE DROPPED AND THE AUDIENCE TOOK A MORE ACTIVE ROLE, OFTEN DANCING IN MORE PROMINENT AREAS SUCH AS BEHIND PERFORMING ACTS ON THE BACK OF THE STAGE. WITH NEW PRODUCER MICHAEL HURLL, WHO INTRODUCED MORE OF A PARTY ATMOSPHERE TO THE SHOW WITH PERFORMANCES OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY BALLOONS AND CHEER LEADERS. ON 20 JUNE 2006 THE SHOW WAS FORMALLY CANCELLED.

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