NME Awards - History

Dusty Springfield, Photo: PA


Taking place in Wembley Pool in London and compered by Jimmy Savile and DJ Simon Dee it saw 10,000 fans attending the Poll Winners show. It lasted for three and a half hours and featured star turns from the likes of The Beach Boys, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Cat Stevens, ("giant placards in the audience bearing 'CAT IS THE GREATEST' were evidence of his wide appeal," we noted), Cliff Richard (who apparently "got things going,"), The Troggs and Cream.

Of The Beach Boys performance our man at the time wrote: "The reception was deafening...almost like standing right behind a jet-plane."

NME Pollwinners 1967

As for their performance; "Carl's version of 'God Only Knows' produced an audience reaction that must have sent the decibel rating off the scale- and after that, in 'Good Vibrations', we had the fascinating experience of hearing the group's screaming "theremin" battling with the screams of fans. The theremin won. But only just."

Presenter: Jimmy Saville

World's Top Vocal Group: The Beach Boys

Best New And R & B Group: Spencer Davis Group

Britain's Top Singer: Cliff Richard

World's Top Female Singer: Dusty Springfield

Top DJs: Jimmy Savile and Simon Dee

Top TV Show: 'Top Of The Pops'

Best New Singer: Stevie Winwood

Runner-Up New Group: The Troggs

NME Pollwinners 1967

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