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“Opened up like Pandora’s Field.. the final episode of black & white pop tv in Australia”

Uncommon footage of classic pop present Taking place ’72 was not too long ago unearthed after former host Jeff Phillips donated an extended misplaced 2 inch reel to the Nationwide Movie and Sound Archive.

The last-ever episode of the present concluded with a younger Johnny Farnham singing For As soon as in My Life, adopted by a bunch farewell with ’70s pop icons Allison Durbin, Debbie Byrne, Issi Dye and a younger Ian Meldrum.

“50 years later, it was opened up like Pandora’s Field. The NFSA despatched it off to Canberra to get cleaned up discovered the final episode of the Taking place and mentioned, ‘That is the final episode of black and white pop tv in Australia.’ Bandstand closed earlier within the 12 months, hit scene with Dick Williams on a Saturday afternoon had completed. We had been the final of the Mohicans,” Phillips tells TV Tonight.

Taking place ’70 was initially hosted on ATV-0 by singer Ross D. Wyllie as a successor to Uptight. Broadcasting pop music for 4 hours each Saturday, it subsequently modified its title to Taking place ’71 and thereafter Taking place ’72 with host Jeff Phillips, who had gained a 1970 Logie as Finest New Expertise for pop present Sounds Like Us on ABC.

As Phillips recollects, the present had the cream of Melbourne performers and bands, with Meldrum, then a Go-Set journalist, giving his trademark pop critiques. As the ultimate credit rolled, Meldrum was even heaved right into a coffin by the crew (imaginative and prescient right here).

“Ian did the identical factor that he’d do on Hey Hey it is Saturday, Countdown, Uptight. He would come on the present with about half a dozen new albums and speak about them. He’d speak about excursions after which he’d promote Chiko rolls, from reminiscence.

“The one drawback with Ian was that you just by no means knew whether or not he’d be half an hour early or half an hour late.

“Everybody had lengthy hair”

“Everybody had lengthy hair. It was only a matter of how lengthy. The identical factor was mentioned in regards to the bell-bottomed pants. However the benefit of the present, I’ve obtained to say, is that in the complete time I used to be internet hosting, there was by no means an argument with any band, any singer, as a result of all of us sang mainly on the identical venues. Similar golf equipment, identical lodges, identical excursions of Queensland, WA and Adelaide, wherever you went. All of us talked to at least one one other. It was like an prolonged household.

“You see lots of people speaking in Sydney about Bandstand, however there have been hardly any Melbourne artists on it. It was all Col Joye, the Allen Brothers, Judy Stone. It turned very a lot center of the highway, extra like a Tonight present, not likely a pop present or a rock present. When The Go! Present got here alongside that was straight out pop & rock. We adopted after The Go! Present with Uptight after which the Taking place.”

In late 1972 Phillips went to Athens, profitable track contest Fifth Olympiad of Music, together with his personal composition “Gloria”, which led to curiosity from London.

“The musicians union introduced in a ban on anybody miming on TV”

“Document and publishing executives had been all coming as much as me and giving me their enterprise playing cards. I got here again to Australia at hand in my discover on the Taking place however there was hardly any want. They informed me the Taking place could be closing as a result of the musicians union introduced in a ban on anybody miming on TV,” he recollects.

“You may’t do a 4 hour pop present with out folks miming to their information! We filmed it on a Monday night from 7 o’clock. At 11 o’clock at evening they turned off the lights, and we had been out of there. So there was zero room for ‘Let’s try this once more!’…. On the Taking place nothing obtained to ‘Take 2!’”

As he traveled again to London, Phillips carted a two-inch reel of his work—VHS tapes had been but to be invented. As he spent the following 7 years within the UK, adopted by LA and returning to Australia, he lugged the video reel with him.

Phillips would go on to seem within the unique manufacturing of cats in Australia, internet hosting Kid’s Play (a recreation present with children saying the darndest issues) for Seven, and his personal quiz format my era on 9.

In 1991 he hosted a revival of Star Search On 10 earlier than community chapter led to administration adjustments and new host, Mike Hammond.

“It was the primary expertise present the place the Australian public may phone in and be the judges,” he continues.

“However due to Channel 10 and their chapter they introduced in Bob Shanks from America.

“They put him in as program supervisor!”

“He knew nothing about Cricket, Australian Guidelines soccer, hardly something to do with Rugby League, however they put him in as program supervisor!

“There’d be three managers within the studio sending messages that ‘Jeff would look higher in a blue time relatively than purple’ … Standing behind them had been the chapter folks and they’d lean over -I child you not- saying ‘We desire the purple tie.’”

Based on Phillips, he was additionally earmarked to host a brand new model of Younger Expertise Time.

“However Bob Shanks knew nothing about Younger Expertise Time and the historical past that it had, so he knocked it on the pinnacle.”

In recent times Phillips has pragmatically returned to a different love: property.

“I’ve at all times both purchased homes, renovated, offered them. At one stage I used to be creating townhouses however I discovered that to be too lengthy an train, as a result of by the point you begin and end, it is a good two years, generally even longer. I have been with an organization referred to as RT Edgar Actual Property, which is mostly a excessive finish actual property firm in Toorak, South Yarra, Camberwell,” he explains.

“They wish to discuss in regards to the pop days.”

Nonetheless flashing that grin on the age of 74, Phillips laughs that he cannot get away from his pop star previous.

“I am speaking to folks about actual property however they wish to discuss in regards to the pop days. …. it occurs virtually each week!”

Having donated the uncommon imaginative and prescient to the Nationwide Movie & Sound Archive, Phillips is grateful. Taking place‘s place in TV pop-dom is acknowledged and archived, years earlier than exhibits like Countdown or sounds with Donnie Sutherland went on to lengthy success.

“When Donnie got here together with soundsI feel it was referred to as Sounds Limitless it was then well-established that there have been movies like MTV.

“Whereas we had been 60 / 40 or thereabouts, of individuals within the studio performing with their bands and solo. We had been simply getting the beginning of movies, however it wasn’t like an explosion or an avalanche.

“We had been fortunate if we may get one thing from the Bee Gees or The Kinks!”

Pictures/Video: Nationwide Movie & Sound Archive.

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