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The Big T.N.T. Show is a 1966 concert film. Directed by Larry Peerce and distributed by American International Pictures, it includes performances by numerous popular rock and roll and R&B musicians from the United States and England.

A sequel to 1964's The T.A.M.I. Show,[1] and like it executive produced by Henry G. Saperstein,[2] The Big T.N.T. Show was likewise shot on videotape and transferred to 35-millimeter film.[1][3] Some footage from it was reused in the film That Was Rock[3] a.k.a. The T.A.M.I. / T.N.T. Show (1984).[4]

The concert was shot before a live audience at the Moulin Rouge club[5] in Los Angeles, California on November 29, 1965.[6] During the audience shots, one can spot Frank Zappa, as well as Sky Saxon, singer and frontman for The Seeds, and Ron Mael and Russell Mael, who would later form the band Sparks. [7] Its pre-release title was This Could Be the Night.[6] The film's theme song was called "This Could Be the Night", and was written by Harry Nilsson, produced by Phil Spector, and performed by Modern Folk Quartet.[8]


  • 1 Reception
  • 2 List of performers
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Bruce Eder in Allmovie said, "The picture is a '60s pop-culture maven's dream -- but nowhere near as musically revelatory as the list of talent would lead one to expect".[9]

List of performers

In order of appearance in the film

  • David McCallum, emcee, conducting the orchestra
    • "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (instrumental)
  • Ray Charles
    • "What'd I Say"
  • Petula Clark
    • "Downtown"
  • The Lovin' Spoonful
    • "Do You Believe in Magic", "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"
  • Bo Diddley
    • "Hey Bo Diddley", "Bo Diddley"
  • Joan Baez
    • "500 Miles", "There but for Fortune"
  • Ray Charles (reprise)
    • "Georgia on My Mind"
    • "Let the Good Times Roll"
  • Joan Baez (reprise) with Phil Spector on piano
    • "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"
  • The Ronettes
    • "Be My Baby", "Shout"
  • Roger Miller
    • "Dang Me", "Engine Engine #9", "King of the Road", "England Swings"
  • The Byrds
    • "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)", "The Bells of Rhymney", "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  • Petula Clark (reprise)
    • "You're the One", "My Love"
  • Donovan
    • "Universal Soldier", "Summer Day Reflection Songs", "Bert's Blues", "Sweet Joy"
  • The Ike & Tina Turner Revue
    • "Shake", "A Fool In Love", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "Please, Please, Please", "Goodbye So Long"
  • David McCallum (reprise) conducting the orchestra
    • "1-2-3" (instrumental)

See also

  • List of American films of 1966


  1. ^ a b The New York Times: The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)
  2. ^ Yahoo! Movies: Henry G. Saperstein
  3. ^ a b Leonard Maltin's Film & Video Guide, multiple editions
  4. ^ FZ Videography: The T.A.M.I./T.N.T. Show (That Was Rock) (a.k.a. Born To Rock: The T.A.M.I./T.N.T. Show)
  5. ^ FZ Videography: The Big T.N.T. Show
  6. ^ a b Turner Classic Movies: "Notes for The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)"
  7. ^ FZ Videography: The Big T.N.T. Show
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Reprinted at

External links

  • Theatrical trailer (50 seconds)

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