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Saturday 4th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 4 (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
Marty Wilde
Ronnie Carroll
Vince Eager
Don Lang

Cliff Richard returns for his third appearance after missing the previous week’s show to find his first single “Move It” has entered the charts at number 19. Jack got him to perform it again and the audience went wild. Cliff recalls his memories of this show in his 1977 autobiography “Which One’s Cliff?”

“Despite all the careful preparation the first 'Oh Boy!' appearance didn’t rouse a murmur. Marty Wilde got screams, I got genteel applause. A newspaper review the following day didn’t mention my name but referred to a ‘sour-faced young man, apparently chewing gum.’ That was me singing!” “Then, suddenly, 'Move It!' made the charts and everything changed. Three weeks later  (4th October) I did 'Oh Boy!' again and I couldn’t hear myself sing for the screams. I wore the same outfit, sang the same song in the same scowly way. One week nothing, the next I was nearly torn to bits and couldn’t get out of the studio.”

Vince Eager and Marty Wilde perform The Everly Brothers song "Bird Dog" together.

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Sunday 5th

Cliff Richard begins a 12-date tour with the Kalin Twins at the Victoria Hall, Hanley. This was the first time Cliff and the new Drifters (later known as the Shadows) performed live together.

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Monday 6th

Cliff versus Marty row makes headline news. Marty Wilde’s agent Larry Parnes complains to Jack Good that Cliff Richard is getting the best songs to sing and receiving more publicity than Marty Wilde. He once again threatens to withdraw Marty from the series after the 18th October show. Jack Good suspected Parnes of being greedy, as his stable of stars already dominated the series. So Jack cheerfully released Marty who had wanted to remain, leaving Cliff solely as the main star attraction.

Parnes was to quickly regret the decision but although a reconciliation was eventually reached between the two men, Marty was to remain off air for over three and a half months, not returning to “Oh Boy!”  until 7th February 1959.

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Saturday 11th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 5 (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
'Cuddly' Dudley
Ronnie Carroll
Valerie Shane

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Saturday 18th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 6 (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:
Terry Dene
Marty Wilde
Ronnie Carroll
John Barry Seven
Jackie Dennis

Cliff Richard had been billed to appear on “Oh Boy!” this evening but due to a mix up with dates was unable to appear on the show. They appeared at the Rialto, York, instead, which was Cliff’s penultimate booking on the Kalin Twins tour which had begun on the 5th October. Terry Dene deputized at short notice for Cliff, and he rehearsed and appeared in the show within 24 hours of being asked.

Marty Wilde makes his final 'Oh Boy!' appearance for three and a half months, not returning until 7th February 1959.

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Sunday 19th

The 'Oh Boy!' official LP was recorded before a specially invited audience on the evening of Sunday 19th October 1958 at the Abbey Road Studios, St. John's Wood, London.

Cliff Richard and Peter Elliott were otherwise committed to live bookings on the 19th and recorded their tracks for the album at Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday 21st October. Cliff and The Drifters were appearing at the Colston Hall in Bristol…which was the final night of the Kalin Twins tour.

The LP was released on the UK Parlophone label: PMC 1072 in December 1958.

(See Oh Boy! LP for cover, label scans and track listings) [RR: create LINK!!!]

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Friday 24th

The NME announces that the “Oh Boy!” series has been extended a further 3 months to run until the end of March 1959 and that Tommy Steele had been booked to appear on the 1st November show:

"Oh Boy!" is a hit! It has been booked to continue until at least next March. And next week the show presents the first TV appearance of Tommy Steele for four months. Contracts are not yet signed, but Tommy has agreed to appear on the show next Saturday if he can fit in the date with his other commitments, which are not expected to provide dificulties. He had not planned any more television appearances this year, but agreed to do the show for Jack Good. Steele appeared in the early '6.5 Special' programme, which Good originated. They carried both singer and show to a peak wave of success.

Good is also hoping to use an American singer in future "Oh Boy!" programmes. She is Edna McGriff, who was unknown here until the beginning of March, when her first records were released by the Gala low-price label. She has quickly established herself as the labels principal artist and Gala chief Monty Lewis is planning to bring her to Britain for TV and other dates. Exact time of her visit cannot be arranged as she has just had a baby. "I certainly hope to get her for "Oh Boy!" as soon as she can come over," Good told the NME.

Both developments came at the same time as ABC-TV decided to extend the run of the programme. Due to end on December 6, the company has booked it for at least thirteen more weeks. It will continue to be seen on the entire ITV network at 6p.m. on Saturdays, but the producer has not yet had time to consider any possible cast changes for the extended period. Making a TV debut in tomorrow's show is Tony Scott's Cha-Cha Band, appearing with Don Lang, making his second showing on the programme.

Cliff Richard returns tomorrow after his absence last week, when a conflict of dates meant he had to appear at a York concert instead. The surprise deputy was Terry Dene who rehearsed and appeared in the show within 24 hours of being asked.

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Saturday 25th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 7 (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
Peter Elliott
Tony Scott's Cha-Cha Band
Don Lang

For the first time Cliff Richard and the new Drifters are given star billing and close the show. Audience response was so wild Good placed Cliff at the top of the bill for all of Cliff’s remaining 8 appearances until the end of the year. (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd November and 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th December 1958).

Ronnie Carroll, who left the series last week, begins a 6 week residency on the rival '6.5 Special' TV show on the BBC. He is replaced by balladeer Peter Elliott who is booked until the end of the year.

MIDAS TOUCH

John Barry -
The Man With the Midas Touch
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The book is also available from high street bookshops and the usual online (film-music) stores.

Please note that this book, first published in 2008, is not a re-issue of the 1998 book. It is unique in its own right, with new text and many new photos.

Hardcover, 304 pages, Redcliffe Press Ltd;  31 Oct. 2008, English
ISBN-10: 1904537774; ISBN-13: 978-1904537779
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The Early Years CD

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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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