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Friday 12th

THIS columnist has always high praise for the "Oh Boy!" TV series. But producer Jack Good must be held responsible for permitting the most crude exhibitionism ever seen on British TV - by Cliff Richard last Saturday. His violent hip-swinging during an obvious attempt to copy Elvis Presley was revolting - hardly the kind of performance any parent could wish their children to witness. Remember, Tommy Steele became Britain's teenage idol without resorting to this form of indecency. If we are expected to Believe Cliff Richard was acting "naturally," then consideration for medical treatment before it's too late may be advisable.

While firmly believing Cliff Richard can emerge into a top star and enjoy a lengthy musical career, it will only be accomplished by dispensing with short-sighted, vulgar tactics. Finally, ABC-TV has a reputation to uphold and an obligation to viewers. Its first duty is an order to producer Jack Good to forbid any repeat of last Saturday's disgraceful antics.


NME announces more of Cliff Richard's touring dates and appearances on “Oh Boy!”:

CLIFF RICHARD has been booked to appear in a cabaret spot at London's Lyceum Ballroom - the biggest in the West End - for six nights from February 2. This is the first time in recent years a leading disc artist has been featured at this top dancing venue. This follows negotiations with Mecca Ballrooms, who originally wanted Richard for cabaret at the plush Cafe de Paris in November. That date could not be fixed due to Cliff's heavy commitments, but it is now hoped he will be able to appear at the Cafe de Paris in March or April.

Cliff continues to appear in ABC-TV's "Oh Boy!" until the end of the year. After that, his appearances will be at irregular intervals. The only one at present settled is for January 17. Next month, Richard also heads an eight-day package booked by Gerald Cohen, to tour Star Cinemas in the North of England. The tour will be split into two parts - three days from January 12 and five more days from January 19.


Towns he will visit include Wombwell, Dewsbury, Leeds, Pontefract, Scunthorpe, Newark and Burnley. On January 24 he appears at the Rialto, York. Cliff's Sunday concerts continue at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (January 4), Guildford Odeon as well as the NME Poll Winers' Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (January 11) and Romford Odeon (January 18). He also appears at Manchester Free Trade Hall (January 10) and the Dome, Brighton (January 16).

Hundreds of teenage fans were disappointed last Sunday evening when Cliff Richard was unable to appear on stage at Colchester Regal. He was suffering from an acute sore throat. Vince Taylor, who guests in "Oh Boy!" tomorrow, deputised. Also absent from the bill through illness was Cherry Wainer. The Tracy Sisters stood in at short notice.

NME announces Marty Wilde to return to “Oh Boy!”:

MARTY WILDE and his manager, Larry Parnes, have patched up the quarrel which caused Marty to ask for release from his contract.

Marty told the NME: "Everything is straightened out now. I was really upset about leaving the "Oh Boy!" show, but Larry and I have had a discussion, and have agreed to co-operate fully." Following this, Larry Parnes has had talks with Jack Good and ABC-TV, and now expects renewed dates for Marty on "Oh Boy!" commencing at the end of January.

NME announces “Oh Boy!” guest star Glen Mason is booked for BBC’s “Black and White Minstrel Show.”:

GLEN MASON has been booked for every edition of the "Black and White Minstrel Show" which, following its return on December 20, will be a monthly series on BBC-TV. Norrie Paramor will appear with the Big Ben Banjo Band. George Inns produces and is at present negotiating for Benny Lee and Rosemary Squires to continue in the series.

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