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28 August 2016

Sunday 16th

Cliff’s act creates crowd hysteria when he appears at the Trocadero, Elephant and Castle, in south east London. Many fans, not content with just seeing him weekly on “Oh Boy!” wanted to see their idol in the flesh too.

Cliff was also causing jealousy among the ‘teddy boys’ in south and east London, too, who disliked the frenzied reaction Cliff was generating among his fast growing female audience. They began a campaign of trying to sabotage the shows when he appeared at some London venues through the latter part of 1958 and early 1959. (See scan of photo taken at Trocadero concert {Left} and NME article scan {below}) :

L-R Wee Willie Harris, Johnny Duncan and Cliff Richard at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, S. London

In order to avoid fans rioting outside the Trocadero, Elephant and Castle after last Sunday's all-star package show, Cliff Richard had to be smuggled out of the theatre through the foyer into a waiting police car. He was taken at high speed through South London to a pre-arranged rendezvous where he transferred to his own car. Between houses, Cliff Richard, Larry Page, Wee Willie Harris and the other artists had to stay in their dressing-rooms due to dense crowds thronging the stage door. On stage during the show, compere teenage d-j Gus Goodwin was showered with coins as the almost full house went wild with excitement. Tension grew to bursting point as the show closed and the predominantly teenage audience left the auditorium. The stage door was completely blocked by a sea of waving arms and chanting girls intent on securing autographs and a glimpse of the singers.

Cliff, now with two discs - "Move It" and "High Class Baby" - in the current hit parade, is set for a string of major provincial concert engagements before the end of the year. His complete Sunday date schedule is Walthemstow Granada (Nov. 23). Slough Adelphi (Nov. 30), Colchester Regal (Dec. 7), Worcester Gaumont (Dec. 14), Bristol Colston Hall (Dec. 21), and Hanley Victoria Hall (Dec. 28).

28 August 2016

Saturday 15th

'OH BOY!' SHOW # 10 (Compered by Tony Hall)

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

Cliff Richard & The Drifters
'Cuddly' Dudley
The John Barry Seven
Pat Lawrence
Peter Elliott

The John Barry Seven included three new members in this appearance: drummer Dougie Wright, tenor saxophonist Dennis King and guitarist Vic Flick. The band played their latest record, Farrago.

A complete telerecording of this show was recently discovered.

28 August 2016

Friday 14th

NME reports that “Oh Boy!” may be made into a film. This plan did not come to fruition:

ABC-TV's Saturday evening teenage show "Oh Boy!" may follow in the footsteps of its television rival "6.5 Special" in being adapted for the cinema screen.

Talks are currently in progress for the making of an "Oh Boy!" film at the ABC studios in Elstree. It would be a full-length feature film, probably with a story-line, as was the film version of "6.5 Special" which proved a big box-office attraction.

If details are concluded, the film will be directed by Duke Goldstone, one-time director of the Liberace telefilms, who is new in this country directing the Mantovani telefilms. He visited the TV studio two weeks ago when Tommy Steele appeared.

Latest booking for the "Oh Boy!" TV show is American rock singer Vince Taylor, who came to Britain to seek success. He cut his first record last week for Parlophone, "Right Behind You Baby" for release on November 28.

NME reports that Marty Wilde wants to end his contract with manager Larry Parnes. Marty Wilde was deeply upset with Parnes' decision to pull him out of the”Oh Boy!” series and within just 4 weeks of his final 18th October appearance was consulting lawyers with a view to terminating his contract.

Marty had always enjoyed a good working relationship with Jack Good and he believed it was only Parnes who was putting ‘flies in the ointment’ and creating difficulties. Jack Good himself held Marty in high esteem and was keen for him to return to the fold, which he did eventually on 7th February 1959. Once back Jack promptly secured Marty by signing him up to appear in 12 or the remaining 17 shows of the series. Indeed he made Marty both host and star attraction for his subsequent TV series “Boy Meets Girl” which aired for 6 months from September 1959 to March 1960.

Dynamic Marty Wilde is seeking release from his contract with artists' manager Larry Parnes "for personal reasons" - though the agreement is still valid for a further three years.
Marty told the NME: "My father is consulting our solicitors about legal aspects of the contracts. I will go ahead with the dates Larry has arranged, including variety, concerts and pantomime at Stockton."



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