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.”
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.”
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