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''Top of The Pops'' is Making News

Written by Chief Editor.

Night owls in Britain can catch a star-studded Top of the Pops rerun Sunday morning from 1:25 a.m.-2 a.m. on BBC 4.

The pop chart programme, presented by Mike Read, is from 1979 and features Elton, Generation X, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Olivia Newton-John, Racey, Barry White, Brotherhood of Man, Village People and a dance sequence by Legs & Co.

Top of the Pops came to an end in the summer of 2006, having lost viewers to 24-hour satellite music channels. Although Christmas editions survived, calls for it to return to television screens have gone unanswered.
But the history of the programme is revealed in a new book by former New Musical Express writer Patrick Humphries and A&R man turned presenter Steve Blacknell.

Top of the Pops 50th Anniversary was launched in England just in time for the half-century anniversary. It comes to America in March.

 Among the highlights are numerous EJ references. For instance, Elton's first TOTP appearances were as a backing musician behind Brotherhood Of Man and Pickettywitch in 1970. Seven years later, he made TOTP history when he became the first non-DJ to present the show. The book also contains two photos of him.