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26 September 2017
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Jack Good dies

Just a few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of a "found" episode of Oh Boy!  Its charismatic producer, Jack Good, wasn't there -- to nobody's surprise -- since he has seldom appeared in public since ending his TV career several years ago.  However, despite his old age and occasional bouts of ill-health it still came as a shock to learn of his death following a fall.

The DJ and presenter, Pete Murray, did attend the Oh Boy! screening, and he described Jack as the best ever producer of TV pop music programmes. Pete didn't work with Jack on Oh Boy! but he certainly did on many episodes of the BBC's Six-Five Special, which Jack also produced, and it's hard to argue with his opinion.

I have only seen three episodes of Oh Boy! but that's enough to appreciate Jack's genius of capturing pop music as it was in that era. Many other TV pop shows have followed but none have matched the sheer excitement of singers and groups playing "live" on Oh Boy!, with the innovative camera work and lighting helping to create 25 minutes of non-stop action.

Jack worked on other pop music shows after the premature ending of Oh Boy!, such as Boy Meets Girls, Wham, and, for US TV, Shindig!. All of them were good shows but never quite reached the levels of Oh Boy!

He also produced stage musicals, such as Oh Boy!, Elvis the Musical and Catch My Soul (loosely based on Othello), with varying degrees of success.

In later years he appeared to lose interest in TV and after becoming a Roman Catholic, lived something of a reclusive life in New Mexico where he also painted.

More recently he returned to the UK and lived in Oxfordshire. He died at home on Sunday night, 24th September 2017.

27 May 2017
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Episode of Oh Boy! on 16mm film discovered, to be screened at BFI, London

Chris Perry of Kaleidoscope, the company who specialise in lost TV Shows, has recently announced the discovery of an episode of Oh Boy! on 16mm film.

Full details are:

Saturday 15th November 1958

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 10 (compèred by Tony Hall)

RESIDENT WEEKLY BAND & PERFORMERS:
Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price, Cherry Wainer,
The Vernons Girls, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor & The Cutters

THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL GUESTS:
Cliff Richard & The Drifters
Cuddly Dudley
The John Barry Seven
Pat Lawrence
Peter Elliott

RUNNING ORDER

1. ROSALIE/TV HOP (Cliff Richard & 2 Vernons Girls)
2. FARRAGO (John Barry Seven)
3. MARGARET (Neville Taylor & Cutters)
4. DING DONG (Vernons Girls)
5. BETTY LOU GOT NEW A PAIR OF SHOES (Cuddly Dudley)
6. MR LEE (Pat Lawrence)
7. DRUNKEN SAILOR (Dallas Boys)
8. BLUE CHA-CHA (Cherry Wainer)
9. HIGH CLASS BABY (Cliff Richard & The Drifters)
10.WHO ARE THEY TO SAY (Three Vernons Girls)
11.PROMISE ME LOVE (Peter Elliott)
12.WEEKEND (Red Price Solo)
13.REX ROCKS (Extended Version) (Lord Rockingham's XI)

The show will be screened on Saturday 22nd July 2017, at BFI South Bank, London. Tickets will be on sale 6th June from BFI.

21 October 2016
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Welcome to Oh Boy!

Hello and welcome to the all newly designed Oh Boy! website!! It's still the same TV show from 1958, but Ray's website has been updated by Geoff Leonard and Ruud Rozemeijer, redesigned and updated for 2016!!

Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations. He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a history of The John Barry Seven. He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. Geoff retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing. Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001.

MIDAS TOUCH

John Barry -
The Man With the Midas Touch

Order our book here

Our book "John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch" is now only available for purchase at a reduced price via this website.

Over 300 pages in length, with a foreword by Don Black, the hardcover book includes many unique photos, in both black & white and colour. Order now!

UK customers who order the book before Brexit is complete will receive a free copy of the CD -- John Barry - The Early Years  -- the only CD to include all the tracks John recorded for the Chappell Music Library in 1959.

Apologies that due to the high cost of postage we can only make this offer to UK residents.

 

 

THE EARLY YEARS

John Barry -
The Early Years CD

You can order our CD here

The full track listing: 1. Be Mine - Lance Fortune; 2. It's Not Too Late - Johnny Gavotte; 3. The Clanger March - Des Lane; 4. Arrivederci Baby - Little Tony & His Brothers; 5. You Made me Love You - Johnny De Little; 6. Easy Beat - Bert Weedon; 7. Heartbeat - The England Sisters; 8. Youthful Years - Danny William's; 9. I Vibrate - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites; 10. Mood One - The John Barry Orchestra; 11. I want my Bed - Bobby Shafto; 12. Keep A Walkin' - Tony Rocco; 13. Mood Two - The John Barry Orchestra; 14. Action - Lance Fortune; 15. If the Young Ones can be Happy - Billy Cotton; 16. Mood Three - The John Barry Orchestra; 17. Love's a Secret Game - Dennis Lotis; 18. Love Me - Danny Davis; 19. Mood Four - The John Barry Orchestra; 20. The Makings of a Man - Peter Gordeno; 21. Marilyn - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites; 22. Moonbird - Des Lane; 23. Never Ending - Mark Tracey; 24. Nowhere in this World - Derry Hart & The Hartbeats; 25. Opposites - Billy Cotton & Kathie Kay; 26. Smoky Blues - The John Barry Orchestra; 27. Ramona - The Five Dallas Boys; 28. They - Johnny De Little; 29. Trouble Shooter - Bob Miller & The Millermen; 30. You're My Only Girl - Danny Davis; 31. Baby Talk - Bill & Brett Landis; 32. I Got Eyes - Peter Gordeno; 33. The Lolly Theme - The John Barry Orchestra; 34. Santa Claus is coming to Town - Nina & Frederik; 35. Silent Night - Nina & Frederik; 36. White Christmas - Nina & Frederik; Total running time 78' 59"

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