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 theme 1965-1968
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.
Procol Harum-Quite Rightly So 1968
Atomic Rooster-Sleeping for Years 1970
Jethro Tull-Nothing is Easy rehearsal 1970
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