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28 August 2016

Monday 22nd

A milestone week in Cliff Richard’s life. After just 2 appearances on "Oh Boy!" he was offered his first national tour supporting the Kalin Twins beginning on Sunday 5th October. Looking for professional musicians to back him he went to the 2 I's coffee bar in London's Soho district where he met Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch who became the new Drifters ( later The Shadows).

Within weeks the new Drifters were backing Cliff on “Oh Boy” and Hank and Bruce later appeared as vocal artists in their own right too.

28 August 2016

Saturday 20th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 2 (Compered by Tony Hall)

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

THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL GUESTS:
Cliff Richard & The Drifters
'Cuddly' Dudley
John Barry Seven
Vince Eager
Ronnie Carroll

Cliff Richard returned for his 2nd appearance to sing the B side of his new single, "Schoolboy Crush" (originally the A side, until EMI swapped the sides over) backed by the Drifters, the Dallas Boys & the Vernons Girls.

Dudley Heslop, who had appeared in the two trial Oh Boy! shows in June, makes his first appearance under his new guise of  'Cuddly Dudley'.  Marty Wilde, although listed to appear, lost his voice and so did not in fact sing. His place was taken by Vince Eager.

Note that although TV Times lists The John Barry Seven as appearing in this episode, the NME stated just beforehand that they would not.  Wilde, Eager & The JB7 were also due to appear on a package tour concert at Burnt Oak, that evening. However, if Eager & The JB7 did appear on Oh Boy! that evening, they could not have arrived at Burn Oak in time for the first house.

28 August 2016

Saturday 13th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 1 (Compered by Jimmy Henney)

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

THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL GUESTS:
Cliff Richard & The Drifters
John Barry Seven
Marty Wilde
Ronnie Carroll

An incomplete rehearsal schedule exists to this classic first show. (see Rehearsals). Ronnie Carroll sang "Seven Steps To Love”, the Dallas Boys sang Buddy Holly's “Think It Over" and Gene Vincent's "Rocky Road Blues”, Neville Taylor & The Cutters sang the Coaster's “Yakety Yak” and the Everly Brothers “Oh What a Feeling”, and Lord Rockingham's XI performed two medleys plus a full performance of their current hit  “Hoots Mon”. The audience went wild over Marty (he appeared in the 2 trial broadcasts earlier in June 58) who sang Buddy Knox's “Somebody Touched Me” in addition to a medley with the Dallas Boys in which he sang Elvis' “Baby I Don’t Care” and Ricky Nelson's “Poor Little Fool.”

Jimmy Henney introduced an exciting new talent making his debut television appearance -- 17-year-old Cliff Richard backed by his group The Drifters. Cliff pouted and gyrated his way through Milton Allen's "Don’t Bug Me Baby” and his first ever-record release, “Move It!”.

THE STRINGBEAT YEARS

  

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Now available!

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.

The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out! It is available direct from this website!

£16.99  post-free in the UK
£19.99  anywhere else in the world

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HIT AND MISS: THE STORY OF THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN

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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.

Even if you are not necessarily a devotee of The John Barry Seven per se, the book offers a fascinating historical insight into the British music scene of the period and, more importantly, provides an essential read for anybody remotely interested in discovering more about John Barry’s formative career.

The book’s cover price is £30, but anybody ordering direct from us will receive a 33% discount, reducing the cost to £19.99.

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