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LP release on Parlophone Records

LP release on Parlophone Records

LP release on Parlophone Records

LP release on Parlophone Records

LP Re-release on EMI Records

Oh Boy! LP Re-release on EMI Records

LP Re-release on EMI Records

LP Re-release on EMI Records

LP Re-release on MFP

Oh Boy! LP Re-release on MFP

LP Re-release on MFP

LP Re-release on MFP

The "Oh Boy!" Long Play album was re-released twice many years later. One issue was on the Music For Pleasure label: MFP 50462.

It was also re-issued on EMI: NUTM-13 released in 1978

Cliff Richard and Peter Elliott were not at the recording studios along with everyone else on that evening of October 19th - they both had previous engagements. Their contributions to the LP were recorded later and added in.

In Cliff's case, he returned to Studio 2 at the Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday October 21st and between 6-10pm that evening he recorded his 6 tracks - all of which were sung by Cliff in various episodes of the TV show.


Side A

"At the TV hop"; Cliff Richard
"Little Jonah"; Two Vernons Girls
"Rockin' Robin; Cliff Richard
"When the saints"; The John Barry Seven
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzz"; Vince Eager
"Good, Good"; Neville Taylor and The Cutters
"High school confidential"; Cliff Richard
"Bad Motorcycle"; The Vernons Girls
"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey; Cuddly Dudley
"Zing went the strings of my heart"; The Dallas Boys
"Your hand, your heart, your love"; Peter Elliott
"Early in the morning"; Cliff Richard


Side B

"King Creole"; Cliff Richard
"There's never been a night"; Two Vernons Girls
"Leroy"; Neville Taylor and Dallas Boys
"Pancho"; The John Barry Seven
"Blue Ribbon Baby"; Vince Eager
"Little Miss Ruby"; Neville Taylor and The Cutters
"I'll try"; Cliff Richard
"Don't look now but"; The Vernons Girls
"Let's rock while the rockin's good; Cuddly Dudley
"Joshua"; The Dallas Boys
"The end"; Peter Elliott
"Somebody touched me"; Cliff Richard

Oh Boy! LP

An LP was issued entitled 'Oh Boy!'. It was recorded before a specially invited audience at the Abbey Road Studios, St. John's Wood, London and released on the UK Parlophone label: PMC 1072.

Here's what Jack Good had to say about it. (Taken from back of album cover.)


"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. And now the L.P. 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 that 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 streamlined and 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.

All the artists and all the numbers on this record have been featured on the actual show and, just as in the programme, we race from one item to another without pause. It was a very happy recording session. The audience has a whale of a time (as you can hear) - so did the artists. But then they always do. It is such a friendly team that every rehearsal and transmission is like a party. That this atmosphere has been vividly captured by the L.P. is a tribute not only to the skill of those at E.M.I. who created it, but also to the imagination, faith - and, dare I say, courage? - of A.B.C Television who gave the "Oh Boy" show a chance to prove itself on the millions of television screens it serves."


More Re-releases

More Re-releases

Jasmine CD Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!

Lord Rockingham's XI from Oh Boy



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The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry

Now available, a 4-CD box-set comprising of 144 tracks, a 24-page booklet (replete with period photographs and comprehensive notes) and including ten bonus tracks (among them the CD debut of the first ever cover version of a John Barry instrumental composition).

Featuring – for the first time – the film versions of ‘Mix me a Person’, ‘The Time has Come’, and ‘What a Whopper’ (slightly shortened). There’s also an unique opportunity to hear the original version of ‘Ah, Poor Little Baby’, making its premiere appearance on CD.

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Thoroughly and painstakingly researched over a number of years, it features contributions from several ex-members of the band and from friends and relatives of John Barry.

Comprising of over 360 pages, it is packed with an array of rare photos of the band, and the singers they often supported, as well as some unique images of memorabilia and documentation from that era; some never previously published, many more seldom seen.

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