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28 August 2016

Saturday 20th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 15 (Compered by Jimmy Henney)

Lord Rockingham's XI, 
Red Price,  
Neville Taylor & The Cutters,
Cherry Wainer,
The Vernons Girls.


Cliff Richard & The Drifters
'Cuddly' Dudley
The King Brothers
Peter Elliott
Vince Taylor

The King Brothers (right) make their only appearance in the series, replacing the Dallas Boys who appeared on the rival "6.5 Special” pop show at the same time on the  BBC.

28 August 2016

Friday 19th

Cliff Richard rents his own central London flat at 100 Marylebone High Street, North West London. Within weeks the spacious six-roomed apartment quickly becomes an occasional ‘crash pad’ for his backing group The Drifters and other members of the "Oh Boy!" cast who can't get to their homes in the sticks after gigs.

Its location was ideal for Cliff to attend “Oh Boy!” rehearsals and other London stage venues and in addition it was  within easy walking distance of his close friend Cherry Wainer’s flat and the famous Lotus House Chinese restaurant (where he often dined) in the Edgware Road.

Cliff’s mother and elder sister maintained the flat while Cliff was away working on whistle-stop tours around the country.

(See NME article dated 23rd January 1959 for feature on 'Cliff Richard’s New Flat.')

28 August 2016

Monday 15th

The “Oh Boy!” LP is officially released this week. It had been recorded live at Abbey Road Studios on Sunday 19th October 1958. The album, which. surprisingly did not chart, was reviewed, albeit briefly, in the NME by ‘Alleycat’ on 12th December 1958, who on the same page had lambasted Cliff’s “Oh Boy!” performance the previous Saturday (6th December) as “crude exhibitionism".

Many well-known stars have penned titles featured on Jack Good's "Oh Boy!" album presented by Columbia - including Bobby Darin's Early In The Morning" (performed by Cliff Richard), plus tracks by Cliff of Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential", Bobby Day's "Rockin Robin, and Melvin Endsley's "TV Hop".  Jack Scott's "Leroy" is sung by Neville Taylor, aided by the Dallas Boys and instrumental John Barry Seven group, a version of of Little Richard's "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey," sung by Cuddly Dudley; also a combination of Cliff Richard and a vocal group led by Neville Taylor offering "I'll Try" (from the pen of Conway Twitty) and "Pancho", John Barry's own composition, presented by The John Barry even.



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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.

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!

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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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