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Oh Boy - rockin' on Saturday night

Oh Boy! It was the record of the Saturday TV show - and some of its favourite stars took part, among them Vince Eager, the Dalls Boys, Red Price playing sax with the John Barry 7 (remember his version of Peter Gunn? - brilliant - Editor), Neville Taylor and The Cutters and, of course, the Vernons Girls. The story behind the record is told by the man who created Oh Boy!, the legendary Jack Good...
THIS recording was made in one session on the evening of October 19, 1958.
The day before ABC Television had transmitted the sixth edition of Oh Boy and already the show was a smash hit. The number of viewers had doubled. Stage shows and films were being mooted. In six short weeks Oh Boy had grown to the stature that 6.5 Special had taken nine months to achieve. For, by an odd coincidence, October 19, 1958 marked to a day the first anniversary of the session at which the 6.5 Special LP was made.And at the time 6.5 Special had been running nine months.
Both discs were made by Norman Newell and at both sessions I held a watching brief as producer of the television programme concerned. The difference of these two occasions formed a clear reflection of the changes that have taken place in the world of popular music.
A year ago we were at the height of the coffee bar era. The music was frantic, erratic and, for the most part, it had an intimate and amateur flavour. Nowadays the whole thing has become much more streamlinedand professional. The music is no longer improvised to the large extent that it was.
All the Oh Boy numbers are carefully and brilliantly arranged by our MD, Harry Robinson. Melody is now playing a much more important role - though the beat is just as insistent and exciting.
Singers are currently set a much higher standard than in the early rock days. They are expected to count bars and sing in key, two things formerly regarded as frivolous refinements.
Summing all this up the 6.5 Special LP session had the excitement and hubbub of a jumble sale; the Oh Boy session had the excitement and organisation of a rocket launching. -JACK GOOD
*RememberJack Good and Oh Boy and its stars?
E-mails please.
Some will recall that Good was a weekly columist in the pop paper Disc. Anyone recall that - or still have a treasured copy?

Saturday night stars

Hit names from Oh Boy - the top Fifties TV rock n' roll show:
Cherry Wainer
Cliff Richard and the Drifters
Ronie Carroll
The Vernons Girls
Lord Rockingham's X1
The Dalls Boys
Red Price

Written by The Editor - 04/09/2001 18:51:23

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