The Lowry gallery in Salford is hosting My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock Photographs, an exhibition of Harry Goodwin shots from the early years of ‘Top Of The Pops’. Here we have 11 images, including this of Syd Barrett at BBC Studios in Lime Grove, London, 6 July 1967. Pink Floyd were performing top 10 hit ‘See Emily Play’.
The Beatles at BBC Television Centre, London, 16 June 1966. The band were filming their final ‘Top Of The Pops’ appearance, a performance of No.1 single ‘Paperback Writer’. Its flipside ‘Rain’ was also filmed.
David Bowie at BBC Television Centre, London, 5 July 1972. You’ve seen the clips – The Dame does ‘Starman’ on ‘Top Of The Pops’.
Elton John in trademark understated specs, June 1972. Harry Goodwin: “I don’t really regard myself as a talented photographer. There are some ‘old school’ photographers who have shot some brilliant images, but I would put myself up against anyone when it came to getting the right shot.”
The Jackson 5 at BBC Television Centre, London, 12 November 1972. Michael and family recorded a performance of their hit ‘Lookin’ Through The Windows’ before playing a Royal Command concert for the Queen Mother.
Marc Bolan at BBC Television Centre, London, 30 August 1972. T.Rex were recording a performance of No.2 hit ‘Children Of The Revolution’.
Paul McCartney at BBC Studios in Lime Grove, London, 7 July 1964. Goodwin’s skill was in capturing the biggest artists of the time “in the moment”.
Jimi Hendrix at BBC Studios in Lime Grove, London, 10 May 1967. Hendrix was there to perform ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and treated Goodwin to his patented teeth-plucking technique.
Adam Faith at BBC Television Centre, London, 16 December 1969. Faith’s pop career started brightly at the end of the 50s with a couple of No.1 singles, but he’s pictured here as it fizzled out at the turn of the next decade.
Aretha Franklin at the BBC Studios in Lime Grove, London, 1968. She performed ‘I Say A Little Prayer’.
The Who at BBC Television Centre, London, 30 December 1970, to film TV special ‘Into ’71’ a few months prior to the release of ‘Who’s Next’.
My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock Photographs runs from Saturday 18 May to Sunday 15 September at The Lowry, Salford.