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SIX-FIVE SPECIAL! Versus OH BOY!
During the 1950s a “Toddlers’ Truce” operated on television between 6-7pm in the UK, during which TV companies ceased transmissions. This ended in February ’57, whereupon the BBC launched a new programme directed at teenagers, Six-Five Special. Presented by deejay Pete Murray, it opened to a film of a steam train accompanied by the programme’s theme song, played by Don Lang & His Frantic Five. Other regulars on the show included co-comperes Josephine Douglas and boxer Freddie Mills, alongside Tommy Steele, John Barry, Jim Dale and Terry Wayne. A huge success, Six-Five Special was duly celebrated via the release of an EMI LP, which featured many of its regulars. The show had been devised by Jack Good, who eventually left the Beeb to launch a rival ITV programme, Oh Boy!, which premiered in June 1958. Compered by Tony Hall and Jimmy Henney it became an even bigger success, serving to launch the mighty Cliff Richard’s career, whilst other regulars on the show included The Vernons Girls, Neville Taylor & The Cutters, Vince Eager, Cuddly Dudley, etc. Oh Boy! was also the subject of an EMI LP, and these two rare, collectors albums have been paired up for this special compilation, with bonus tracks coming from an even rarer 10” Decca LP,
Stars Of Six-Five Special.
SIX-FIVE SPECIAL - DON LANG & HIS ‘FRANTIC FIVE’ Six-Five Special: JOHN BARRY & THE SEVEN Let’s Have A Wonderful Time: TERRY WAYNE Boppin’ The Blues: JIM DALE Crazy Dream: THE KING BROTHERS Cold, Cold Shower: JOHN BARRY & THE SEVEN Rock-A-Billy Boogie: DON LANG & HIS ‘FRANTIC FIVE- Ramshackle Daddy: THE KING BROTHERS Party Time: TERRY WAYNE Teenage Boogie: JOHN BARRY & THE SEVEN Every Which Way: JIM DALE Just Born To Be Your Baby: DON LANG & HIS ‘FRANTIC FIVE’ You Started Something: LAURIE LONDON Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air: JIMMY JACKSON Six-Five Jive: BONUS TRACKS - WEE WILLIE HARRIS Smack Dab In The Middle: TERRY DENE This Is The Night: THE WORRIED MEN Fraulein: TOMMY STEELE Swaller Tail Coat:
OH BOY! - CLIFF RICHARD T.V. Hop: THE TWO VERNONS GIRLS Little Jonah: CLIFF RICHARD Rockin’ Robin: THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN When The Saints Go Marching In: VINCE EAGER Buzz, Buzz, Buzz: NEVILLE TAYLOR & THE CUTTERS Good, Good: CLIFF RICHARD High School Confidential: THE VERNONS GIRLS Bad Motorcycle: CUDDLY DUDLEY Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey: THE DALLAS BOYS Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart: PETER ELLIOTT Your Hands, Your Heart, Your Love: CLIFF RICHARD Early In The Morning: CLIFF RICHARD King Creole: THE TWO VERNONS GIRLS There’s Never Been A Night: NEVILLE TAYLOR & THE DALLAS BOYS Leroy: THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN Pancho: VINCE EAGER Blue Ribbon Baby: NEVILLE TAYLOR & THE CUTTERS Little Miss Ruby: CLIFF RICHARD I’ll Try: THE VERNONS GIRLS Don’t Look Now, But...: CUDDLY DUDLEY Let’s Rock While The Rocking’s Good: THE DALLAS BOYS Joshua: PETER ELLIOTT The End: CLIFF RICHARD Somebody Touched Me.
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