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28 August 2016

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." -



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

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.

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 Music For Pleasure issue EMI issue

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