Beat-Club / Musikladen


Beat-Club was a German music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, Germany on Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen, the national public TV channel of the ARD, and produced by one of its members, Radio Bremen, later co-produced by WDR following the 38th episode. It is notable for being the first German show about popular music, and featured many artists in its seven-year run. 

Beat-Club logo

Beat-Club theme 1965-1968

Beat-Club was co-created by Gerhard Augustin and Mike Leckebusch. The show premiered on 25 September 1965 with Augustin and Uschi Nerke hosting. German TV personality Wilhelm Wieben opened the first show with a short speech. After eight episodes, Augustin stepped down from his hosting role and was replaced by DJ Dave Lee Travis.

Uschi Nerke

Beat-Club Hit Parade 22/7/1967


The show's earlier episodes featured live performances, and was set in front of a plain brick wall. It underwent a revamp in 1967, when a more professional look was adapted with large cards in the background displaying the names of the performers. Around this time, a troupe of young women billed the "Go-Go-Girls," were introduced to dance to songs when their performers couldn't appear. "A Touch Of Velvet–A Sting Of Brass" by Mood Mosaic become the show's theme.


Beat-Club theme


Procol Harum-Quite Rightly So 1968


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown-Fire 1968


In early 1969, Travis was replaced by Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. On 31 December 1969, Beat-Club switched to color and again featured live performances. Dee departed in 1970, leaving Nerke as the lone host. 

Atomic Rooster-Sleeping for Years 1970


Jethro Tull-Nothing is Easy rehearsal 1970

In 1972, the Beat-Club was replaced by Musikladen that ran from 1972 to 1984 and in turn was replaced by Extratour. Manfred Sexauer hosted the show with various others. From 1972 to 1978, Uschi Nerke, the veteran from Beat-Club, moderated the show with Sexauer.

Musikladen logo


Performances from the Beat-Club can now be seen on VH1 Classic, and reruns in several European countries. Several DVD collections have also been released. In early 2008, the first free Video on demand web portal for Beat-Club and Musikladen was launched at Mybeatclub.com, featuring the most popular songs and artists of both shows. In 2010, mybeatclub.com was replaced by www.youtube.de/beatclub. The former TV show is now a weekly radio programme on Radio Bremen 1 and on a webchannel offered by the radio station. Interestingly it is again hosted by Uschi Nerke who did it in the 1960s and early 1970s on TV. Clips from the Musikladen can be seen on VH1 Classic and several DVD compilations have been released. All the episodes air frequently in an edited form, mostly after midnight, from various German TV Stations, like NDR, RBB and BFS (BR3). 3Sat also airs Musikladen occasionally.

Golden Earring-Holy Holy Life 1971