THE BRITISH BEAT PBS music special hosted by Petula will begin airing in March and is a major pledge special to be seen on most PBS stations.

The DVD of the show is exclusively available to viewers who donate to PBS as part of the pledge breaks for the show. A tie-in CD three disc set with original 60s studio recordings by dozens of British artists is available in March from Shout! Factory via retail. The PBS pledge version of the latter will include an exclusive 4th disc with additional recordings.


The British Beat:
Best Of The ’60s

New PBS “My Music” Concert Special Hosted by Petula Clark
Features Classic Hits From The Zombies, The Animals and Many Other
UK Legends Plus a Reunion of Peter & Gordon


PREMIERES IN MARCH 2007 PLEDGE ON PBS

Stoke-On-Trent England – In February of 1964, a young English rock’n’roll quartet called The Beatles arrived on U.S. shores, kicking off a musical explosion that took the country by storm and still reverberates to this day. PBS revisits the time when the nation’s airwaves grooved to the swinging sounds of London with a comprehensive new pledge special, My Music: The British Beat: Best Of The ’60s

Britain’s first lady of song, Petula Clark, performs her #1 million-seller "Downtown" and hosts this all-star celebration, featuring the biggest and best moments from the musical British Invasion of America. The beloved duo of Peter & Gordon reunite for the first time in nearly four decades to perform their hits "A World Without Love" and "I Go To Pieces." Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies bring back the sixties psychedelic pop sound with "Time Of The Season" and "She's Not There."

"This is an amazing night of amazing music from across the pond," exclaims TJ Lubinsky, creator and executive producer of the PBS "My Music" series and Sirius Satellite Radio program host. "To feel the emotions as Gerry & The Pacemakers’ "Ferry Cross The Mersey" and “Here Comes My Baby” by The Tremeloes take us back into the coffee houses of the 60's is an awesome, touching tribute to some of the most familiar and timeless songs of the 20th century."

The British Beat: Best Of The ’60s spotlights numerous #1 Billboard hits, such as the raunchy “Wild Thing” by The Troggs, the tender “To Sir With Love” by Lulu and the joyful "Game Of Love" by Wayne Fontana – original lead singer of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – who also reprises the perennial favorite “A Groovy Kind Of Love.”

Additional highlights include the earthy, feel-good declaration of “Do Wah Diddy” from Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, the pulsating “Needles & Pins” by Mike Pender’s Searchers and the R&B-flavored “Go Now” from Denny Laine, original singer for The Moody Blues. Procol Harum presents their ethereal classic “Whiter Shade of Pale” and Eric Burdon with The Animals offers another Brit-rock anthem, “The House Of The Rising Sun.”

An archival performance of her 1966 worldwide smash “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” pays tribute to the late Dusty Springfield while other vintage clips from The Ed Sullivan Show provide era-defining moments of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The British Beat: Best Of The ‘60s commemorates a vital period of popular music that still remains relevant and cherished today as dozens of ageless rockers revisit a revolution exclusively on PBS.




Partial listing of PBS affiliate airdates

Arizona
KAET (Tempe, Phoenix & Scottsdale)
Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm

California
NEW
KCET (Los Angeles)
Saturday, March 24th -- 7:00 pm, 10:30 pm
Sunday, March 25th -- 2:00 am
Thursday, March 29th -- 8:00
Saturday, March 31st -- 9:00 pm

KQED (San Francisco)
Wed, Mar 7, 2007 -- 8:00 pm
Sat, Mar 10, 2007 -- 1:30 am
Sun, Mar 11, 2007 -- 8:00 pm

KVPT (Fresno)
Sunday, March 11, 9:30 pm

KOCE (Los Angeles/Orange County)
Saturday, March 03, 10:00 PM

KTEH (San Jose)
Sunday, March 4th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, March 10th @ 3:00pm.

Colorado
KBDI (Denver)
Saturday, March 3, 2007 — 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2007 — 8:30pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 — 7:00pm
Friday, March 9, 2007 — 12:00am
Sunday, March 11, 2007 — 9:30pm

Connecticut
CPTV
Thursday, March 8, 10:00 pm

Georgia
GPB
Mar 3, 2007 11:00 PM

Hawaii
PBS Hawaii (Honolulu)
Saturday 3/3 9 pm.

Iowa
IPTV
Wed, Mar 7 - 8:00 PM

Kentucky
KET (Lexington)
Saturday, Mar 3 at 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Mar 6 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Mar 10 at 9:30 pm
Saturday, Mar 17 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, Mar 18 at 12:00 am

Massachussets
WGBH & WGBX (Boston)
Sat, March 3, 5pm, WGBH 44
Sat, March 3, 9pm, WGBH 2
Sun, March 4, 12am, WGBH 2
Sun, March 4, 12:30am, WGBH 2

Michigan
(Detroit)
Saturday, 3/3 from 10 p.m.
Sunday, 3/4 from 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/13 from 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, 3/17 from 1:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 3/21 from 1:30 a.m.

New York
WNET (NYC)
Saturday, March 10th @ 8:00 and 10:00pm.

WLIW (Long Island)
March 7, 1:00 PM

New Hampshire
NHPTV (Durham)
Mar 3 (Sat) - 8:00 PM
Mar 14 (Wed)- 7:00 PM

New Jersey
WNJN
Sunday, March 4 - 6PM
Friday, March 9 - 11:30PM
Saturday, March 10 - 8PM

New Mexico
KMNE (Albuquerque)
Saturday, March 03, 2007 -7:30 PM
Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 10:30 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 1:00 AM

Oregon
OPB
Saturday, Mar 10 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 11:30 PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Pennsylvania
WQED - Pittsburgh
Saturday March 10, 10:00 pm

Texas
KACV (Amarillo)
03/10/07 - 10:30pm

KLRU (Austin)
03/18/07 - 7:00pm
03/18/07 - 10:30pm
03/19/07 - 1:30am
03/24/07 - 10:30pm
03/25/07 - 4:00am

KERA (Dallas-Ft. Worth)
Tuesday, March 06, 10:30 PM
Saturday, March 10, 12:00 AM
Saturday, March 10, 10:30 PM

Vermont
VPT
Saturday, March 03 -9:00 PM
Thursday, March 08 -9:00 PM

Washington
KVSU & KTNW
Friday, March 9 - 9:00 PM

KCTS (Seattle)
KYVE (Yakima)
Monday, March 5, - 9:00PM
Saturday, March 10, - 11:30 AM
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 12:00 AM