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'''''Late Night Line-Up''''' was a pioneering British television discussion program broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1972. On Friday, September 19th, 1969, the program devoted an entire 33-minute show to highlight the then-upcoming Beatles album ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_Road Abbey Road]''. The program featured short music videos of each of the album's songs (except ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh!_Darling Oh Darling]'', ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_You_(She%27s_So_Heavy) I Want You (She's So Heavy)]'' and ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Came_In_Through_the_Bathroom_Window She Came In Through The Bathroom Window]'').  The program is significant for being the earliest known example of an pop/rock album being represented as a music video.   
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'''''Late Night Line-Up''''' was a pioneering British television discussion program broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1972. On Friday, September 19th, 1969, the program devoted an entire 33-minute show to highlight the then-upcoming Beatles album ''Abbey Road''. The program featured short music videos of each of the album's songs (except '' Oh Darling'', ''I Want You (She's So Heavy)'' and ''She Came In Through The Bathroom Window'').  The program is significant for being the earliest known example of a pop/rock album being represented as a music video.   
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
The special was produced in cooperation with The Beatles' company Apple Corps to promote their album ''Abbey Road'', which was to be released the following week of the program's air-date<ref>The Complete Bealtes Chronicle, Mark Lewishon</ref>"The Beatles approached us", the BBC told the Daily Mirror. "It seems they often watch the program and they like the way pop music has been covered visually." Rowan Ayers, the editor for Line-Up, said that he planned to "illustrate the music with captions, film sequences and electronic devices."
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The special was produced in cooperation with The Beatles' company Apple Corps to promote their album ''Abbey Road'', which was to be released the following week of the program's air-date.<ref>The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewishon</ref> "The Beatles approached us", the BBC told the Daily Mirror. "It seems they often watch the program and they like the way pop music has been covered visually." Rowan Ayers, the editor for Line-Up, said that he planned to "illustrate the music with captions, film sequences and electronic devices."
  
Ayers met with The Beatles at Apple Corps to discuss the project. According to Ayers account of that meeting, although John Lennon was "laconic" and George Harrison seemed "lost in thought" it was Paul McCartney that showed enthusiasm for the show. Coming up with "plenty of suggestions and ideas" of the program. Ringo Starr too showed interest and asked Ayers questions about the production and it's production crew<ref>The Beatles Book, Hunter Davis, 2019, Ebury Press, ISBN: 978009158633</ref><ref>Rowan Ayers wrote a letter written to the buyer of an animation cell from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" animation. The letter titled "Background To The Signed Caption" detailed the making of the TV special.</ref>.  Ayers recalls "We had a fortnight's notice...and we used all kinds of devices, like captions and film, and the Beatles were wild about it”<ref>Radio Times. 17th January, 1970.</ref>The program was directed by Granville Jenkins.
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Ayers met with The Beatles at Apple Corps to discuss the project. According to Ayers's account of that meeting, although John Lennon was "laconic" and George Harrison seemed "lost in thought" it was Paul McCartney that showed enthusiasm for the show. Coming up with "plenty of suggestions and ideas" of the program. Ringo Starr too showed interest and asked Ayers questions about the production and its production crew<ref>The Beatles Book, Hunter Davis, 2019, Ebury Press, ISBN: 978009158633</ref> Rowan Ayers wrote a letter written to the buyer of an animation cell from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" animation. The letter titled "Background To The Signed Caption" detailed the making of the TV special. Ayers recalls "We had a fortnight's notice...and we used all kinds of devices, like captions and film, and the Beatles were wild about it.”<ref>Radio Times. 17th January 1970.</ref> The program was directed by Granville Jenkins.
  
 
The program first aired in the U.K. on Friday, September 19th, at 10:55-11:30 pm on BBC2 and then again on Saturday, October 10th, in a full repeat at 11:25-12:00 pm.
 
The program first aired in the U.K. on Friday, September 19th, at 10:55-11:30 pm on BBC2 and then again on Saturday, October 10th, in a full repeat at 11:25-12:00 pm.
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To this date, the entire program has not surfaced and the master tapes are presumed to have been wiped by the BBC.
 
To this date, the entire program has not surfaced and the master tapes are presumed to have been wiped by the BBC.
  
===Contemporary reviews===
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===Contemporary Reviews===
 
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On the day of the first screening, newspapers published reviews of the program. Two contemporary reports were more descriptive of the show's content than critical of the program itself. ''The Coventry Evening Telegraph'' said: "Many different kinds of visuals will be used including film, captions, studio elements and electronic color devices."<ref>The Coventry Evening Telegraph, Friday, 19 September 1969</ref> The Daily Mail's description was similar.<ref>The Daily Mail, Friday, 19 September 1969</ref>
On the day of the first screening, newspapers published reviews of the program. Two contemporary reports were more descriptive of the show's content than critical of the program itself. ''The Coventry Evening Telegraph'' said: "Many different kinds of visuals will be used including film, captions, studio elements and electronic colour devices."<ref>The Coventry Evening Telegraph, Friday, 19 September 1969</ref> The Daily Mail's description was similar<ref>The Daily Mail, Friday, 19 September 1969</ref>.
 
  
 
In George Melly’s 1970 book ''Revolt Into Style''. Melly was critical of the program:
 
In George Melly’s 1970 book ''Revolt Into Style''. Melly was critical of the program:
  
''"The new puritan climate at the Television Centre (and Broadcasting House come to that) will allow pop music within limits, but seems totally against allowing any overt display of teenage revolt. Modified psychedelia is acceptable. The Late Night Line-Up show Colour Me Pop is a pretty, but rather empty exercise in this genre, and the film made to present the Beatles’ new LP Abbey Road was equally innocuous, but the ideas seem, for the moment at any rate, back under lock and key."''
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<blockquote>The new puritan climate at the Television Centre (and Broadcasting House come to that) will allow pop music within limits, but seems totally against allowing any overt display of teenage revolt. Modified psychedelia is acceptable. The Late Night Line-Up show Colour Me Pop is a pretty, but rather than an empty exercise in this genre, and the film made to present the Beatles’ new LP Abbey Road was equally innocuous, but the ideas seem, for the moment at any rate, back under lock and key.</blockquote>
  
 
==Discovered Footage==
 
==Discovered Footage==
 
On October 20th, 2019, Steve Hoffman Forum user [https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/beatles-abbey-road-bbc2-tv-special-1969.654988/page-9#post-22364531 dormouse] shared an uploaded video from Dig Media that contained what is believed to be 53 seconds of silent footage from the TV special. The footage is black and white and appears to be captured from a TV monitor. The same footage with audio was uploaded to Dig Media’s Twitter account.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1182410296452943872?s=20 Dig Media’s Twitter post that has the footage with sound.] Retrieved 21 Oct '19</ref> It was relieved by Dig Media on their user account that the complete program was on that video. Footage containing audio was uploaded onto their Twitter account.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1182410296452943872 Dig Media Twitter post on the program.] Retrieved 11 Oct '19</ref>  
 
On October 20th, 2019, Steve Hoffman Forum user [https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/beatles-abbey-road-bbc2-tv-special-1969.654988/page-9#post-22364531 dormouse] shared an uploaded video from Dig Media that contained what is believed to be 53 seconds of silent footage from the TV special. The footage is black and white and appears to be captured from a TV monitor. The same footage with audio was uploaded to Dig Media’s Twitter account.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1182410296452943872?s=20 Dig Media’s Twitter post that has the footage with sound.] Retrieved 21 Oct '19</ref> It was relieved by Dig Media on their user account that the complete program was on that video. Footage containing audio was uploaded onto their Twitter account.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1182410296452943872 Dig Media Twitter post on the program.] Retrieved 11 Oct '19</ref>  
  
The video shows the "Come Together" segment that has the song playing over the ''A Day In The Life'' promo video. The song cross fades into a still from the Beatles' final photo session which transitions into the "Something" segment. "Something" features a female dancer, superimposed psychedelic lighting and effects. DIG Media had the footage because they were administering the video library left by sixties’ counterculture figure Jack Henry Moore. The footage appears to be sourced from an off-air recording from one of the two BBC2 broadcasts.
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The video shows the "Come Together" segment that has the song playing over the ''A Day In The Life'' promo video. The song crossfades into a still from the Beatles' final photo session which transitions into the "Something" segment. "Something" features a female dancer, superimposed psychedelic lighting and effects. DIG Media had the footage because they were administering the video library left by sixties’ counterculture figure Jack Henry Moore. The footage appears to be sourced from an off-air recording from one of the two BBC2 broadcasts.
  
On February 12th, 2020, Dig Media posted another still shot from their Twitter account from the "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_Silver_Hammer Maxwell's Silver Hammer]" segment.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1227552996218822657 Dig Media Twitter post on the program.] Retrieved 21 Feb '20</ref>
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On February 12th, 2020, Dig Media posted another still shot from their Twitter account from the "Silver Hammer" segment.<ref>[https://twitter.com/DigMediaLtd/status/1227552996218822657 Dig Media Twitter post on the program.] Retrieved 21 Feb '20</ref>
  
 
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==Content==
 
==Content==
 
According to recollections of people how saw the program at the time; the program began with a copy of the Abbey Road record spinning on a turntable. Each song was linked by footage of the album playing on a turntable.  Fans who saw the special and other publications have reported the special was a mixture of stock footage, art-house films, dancers, animation and exclusive Beatles footage.   
 
According to recollections of people how saw the program at the time; the program began with a copy of the Abbey Road record spinning on a turntable. Each song was linked by footage of the album playing on a turntable.  Fans who saw the special and other publications have reported the special was a mixture of stock footage, art-house films, dancers, animation and exclusive Beatles footage.   
  
 
===''Come Together''===
 
===''Come Together''===
The footage used was the (then unreleased) promotional video for ''A Day In The Life''. It was originally meant for an abandoned ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' TV special planned for 1967. The footage sent to the BBC was silent, and the track ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_Together Come Together]'' placed over it by the show's producers. The version of ''Come Together'' used is a unique mono mix that has never been commercially released. In 2017, the ''Come Together'' segment was released in full from a 16mm print on the TMOQ bootleg DVD ''The 1967 Sgt. Pepper Commemorative Issue''.<ref>[https://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com/beatles/the-beatles-1967-sgt-peppers-commemorative-tmoq-gazette-hmc-043/ Review of the TMOQ DVD set.] Retrieved 21 Oct '19</ref>
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The footage used was the (then unreleased) promotional video for ''A Day In The Life''. It was originally meant for an abandoned ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' TV special planned for 1967. The footage sent to the BBC was silent, and the track ''Come Together'' placed over it by the show's producers. The version of ''Come Together'' used is a unique mono mix that has never been commercially released. In 2017, the ''Come Together'' segment was released in full from a 16mm print on the TMOQ bootleg DVD ''The 1967 Sgt. Pepper Commemorative Issue''.<ref>[https://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com/beatles/the-beatles-1967-sgt-peppers-commemorative-tmoq-gazette-hmc-043/ Review of the TMOQ DVD set.] Retrieved 21 Oct '19</ref>
  
[[File:BeatlesAbbeyRoadSpecial03.jpg|thumb|An animation cel from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sequence. This cel features autographs from the members of The Beatles and was for sale on eBay in 2004.]]
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[[File:BeatlesAbbeyRoadSpecial03.jpg|thumb|An animation cel from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sequence. This cel features autographs from the members of The Beatles and was for sale on eBay in 2004.]]
  
 
===''Something''===
 
===''Something''===
After a transition from a photographic still (taken from the group's final photo session), the "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_(Beatles_song) Something]" segment featured a woman dancing to the song with psychedelic images superimposed over her.  After the program aired, an official promotional music video would later be created to promote the song's single by Apple Corps.  This video would feature The Beatles themselves.
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After a transition from a photographic still (taken from the group's final photo session), the "Something" segment featured a woman dancing to the song with psychedelic images superimposed over her.  After the program aired, an official promotional music video would later be created to promote the song's single by Apple Corps.  This video would feature The Beatles themselves.
  
 
===Maxwell's Silver Hammer===
 
===Maxwell's Silver Hammer===
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===Songs Used in the Special===
 
===Songs Used in the Special===
 
 
The correct order of songs is yet unknown.  From the footage released by Dig Media, "Come Together" is followed by "Something", just like on the released ''Abbey Road'' album.  
 
The correct order of songs is yet unknown.  From the footage released by Dig Media, "Come Together" is followed by "Something", just like on the released ''Abbey Road'' album.  
  
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# Something
 
# Something
 
# Maxwell's Silver Hammer
 
# Maxwell's Silver Hammer
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus%27s_Garden Octopus's Garden]
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# Octopus's Garden
 
# I Want You (She's So Heavy) (reported by viewer)
 
# I Want You (She's So Heavy) (reported by viewer)
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_Comes_the_Sun Here Comes The Sun]
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# Here Comes The Sun
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Because_(Beatles_song) Because]
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# Because
 
# You Never Give Me Your Money
 
# You Never Give Me Your Money
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_King_(song) Sun King]
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# Sun King
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_Mr._Mustard Mean Mr Mustard]
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# Mean Mr Mustard
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polythene_Pam Polythene Pam]
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# Polythene Pam
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Slumbers Golden Slumbers/Golden Slumbers] (reprise)
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# Golden Slumbers/Golden Slumbers (reprise)
# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(Beatles_song) The End]
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# The End
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==

Revision as of 12:49, 5 March 2020

BeatlesAbbeyRoadSpecial01.jpg

An animation cel from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sequence.

Status: Partially Found

An article from New Musical Express covering the TV special, dated September 13th, 1969.

Late Night Line-Up was a pioneering British television discussion program broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1972. On Friday, September 19th, 1969, the program devoted an entire 33-minute show to highlight the then-upcoming Beatles album Abbey Road. The program featured short music videos of each of the album's songs (except Oh Darling, I Want You (She's So Heavy) and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window). The program is significant for being the earliest known example of a pop/rock album being represented as a music video.

Background[edit | edit source]

The special was produced in cooperation with The Beatles' company Apple Corps to promote their album Abbey Road, which was to be released the following week of the program's air-date.[1] "The Beatles approached us", the BBC told the Daily Mirror. "It seems they often watch the program and they like the way pop music has been covered visually." Rowan Ayers, the editor for Line-Up, said that he planned to "illustrate the music with captions, film sequences and electronic devices."

Ayers met with The Beatles at Apple Corps to discuss the project. According to Ayers's account of that meeting, although John Lennon was "laconic" and George Harrison seemed "lost in thought" it was Paul McCartney that showed enthusiasm for the show. Coming up with "plenty of suggestions and ideas" of the program. Ringo Starr too showed interest and asked Ayers questions about the production and its production crew[2] Rowan Ayers wrote a letter written to the buyer of an animation cell from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" animation. The letter titled "Background To The Signed Caption" detailed the making of the TV special. Ayers recalls "We had a fortnight's notice...and we used all kinds of devices, like captions and film, and the Beatles were wild about it.”[3] The program was directed by Granville Jenkins.

The program first aired in the U.K. on Friday, September 19th, at 10:55-11:30 pm on BBC2 and then again on Saturday, October 10th, in a full repeat at 11:25-12:00 pm.

To this date, the entire program has not surfaced and the master tapes are presumed to have been wiped by the BBC.

Contemporary Reviews[edit | edit source]

On the day of the first screening, newspapers published reviews of the program. Two contemporary reports were more descriptive of the show's content than critical of the program itself. The Coventry Evening Telegraph said: "Many different kinds of visuals will be used including film, captions, studio elements and electronic color devices."[4] The Daily Mail's description was similar.[5]

In George Melly’s 1970 book Revolt Into Style. Melly was critical of the program:

The new puritan climate at the Television Centre (and Broadcasting House come to that) will allow pop music within limits, but seems totally against allowing any overt display of teenage revolt. Modified psychedelia is acceptable. The Late Night Line-Up show Colour Me Pop is a pretty, but rather than an empty exercise in this genre, and the film made to present the Beatles’ new LP Abbey Road was equally innocuous, but the ideas seem, for the moment at any rate, back under lock and key.

Discovered Footage[edit | edit source]

On October 20th, 2019, Steve Hoffman Forum user dormouse shared an uploaded video from Dig Media that contained what is believed to be 53 seconds of silent footage from the TV special. The footage is black and white and appears to be captured from a TV monitor. The same footage with audio was uploaded to Dig Media’s Twitter account.[6] It was relieved by Dig Media on their user account that the complete program was on that video. Footage containing audio was uploaded onto their Twitter account.[7]

The video shows the "Come Together" segment that has the song playing over the A Day In The Life promo video. The song crossfades into a still from the Beatles' final photo session which transitions into the "Something" segment. "Something" features a female dancer, superimposed psychedelic lighting and effects. DIG Media had the footage because they were administering the video library left by sixties’ counterculture figure Jack Henry Moore. The footage appears to be sourced from an off-air recording from one of the two BBC2 broadcasts.

On February 12th, 2020, Dig Media posted another still shot from their Twitter account from the "Silver Hammer" segment.[8]

Discovered footage from the Late Night Lineup special uploaded to YouTube. The footage appears to have been filmed from a black and white monitor.
A screenshot of an off-air recording from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sequence. This was posted by Did Media on their Twitter account.

Content[edit | edit source]

According to recollections of people how saw the program at the time; the program began with a copy of the Abbey Road record spinning on a turntable. Each song was linked by footage of the album playing on a turntable. Fans who saw the special and other publications have reported the special was a mixture of stock footage, art-house films, dancers, animation and exclusive Beatles footage.

Come Together[edit | edit source]

The footage used was the (then unreleased) promotional video for A Day In The Life. It was originally meant for an abandoned Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band TV special planned for 1967. The footage sent to the BBC was silent, and the track Come Together placed over it by the show's producers. The version of Come Together used is a unique mono mix that has never been commercially released. In 2017, the Come Together segment was released in full from a 16mm print on the TMOQ bootleg DVD The 1967 Sgt. Pepper Commemorative Issue.[9]

An animation cel from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sequence. This cel features autographs from the members of The Beatles and was for sale on eBay in 2004.

Something[edit | edit source]

After a transition from a photographic still (taken from the group's final photo session), the "Something" segment featured a woman dancing to the song with psychedelic images superimposed over her. After the program aired, an official promotional music video would later be created to promote the song's single by Apple Corps. This video would feature The Beatles themselves.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer[edit | edit source]

The "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" segment was an animated short featuring The Beatles (with their mid-1969 hairstyles and breads) dressed as a barbershop quartet. In December 2004 a signed animation cel from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" segment of the program put up on eBay for $2.25m. The cell was listed again on eBay for $1 million USD in October 2019. This time it ended with no bids. The cell included a typed letter from the editor of Late Night Line Up, Rowan Ayres detailing the history of the cell and the special.[10]

Because[edit | edit source]

Reportedly, footage from the first moon landing was used during this segment.

Other Content[edit | edit source]

While it is unclear what where footage could have been used on which track, other films reportedly used during the special included Scott Barlett's experimental film On/Off (1967).

On/Off (1967).

Songs Used in the Special[edit | edit source]

The correct order of songs is yet unknown. From the footage released by Dig Media, "Come Together" is followed by "Something", just like on the released Abbey Road album.

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Octopus's Garden
  5. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (reported by viewer)
  6. Here Comes The Sun
  7. Because
  8. You Never Give Me Your Money
  9. Sun King
  10. Mean Mr Mustard
  11. Polythene Pam
  12. Golden Slumbers/Golden Slumbers (reprise)
  13. The End

Gallery[edit | edit source]

A letter from Late Night Line Up Editor, Rowan Ayers detailing the history of the Abbey Road special.
A Day In The Life promotional film (1967).
The complete animation cel in frame.
A fan recreation of the “Maxwell Silver Hammer” segment. Using their own music (Till I Met You by Purple Cream) over the video.
A 5-second clip from the “Come Together” promo made for the special.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewishon
  2. The Beatles Book, Hunter Davis, 2019, Ebury Press, ISBN: 978009158633
  3. Radio Times. 17th January 1970.
  4. The Coventry Evening Telegraph, Friday, 19 September 1969
  5. The Daily Mail, Friday, 19 September 1969
  6. Dig Media’s Twitter post that has the footage with sound. Retrieved 21 Oct '19
  7. Dig Media Twitter post on the program. Retrieved 11 Oct '19
  8. Dig Media Twitter post on the program. Retrieved 21 Feb '20
  9. Review of the TMOQ DVD set. Retrieved 21 Oct '19
  10. eBay listing for an animation cell from the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" segmet. Retrieved 21 Oct '19