Of the Sixties
( Associated Rediffusion ) 1963-1966
Pop presenter Keith Fordyce
was being kept busy! This Friday pop show with its slogan 'The Weekend
Starts Here!' was co-hosted by the demure mod Cathy McGowan with additional
presenters David Gell and Michael Aldred. Produced by Elkan Allen and
directed by Daphne Shadwell, Robert Fleming, Rollo Gamble, Michael Lindsay
Hogg and Peter Croft, it was first broadcast on 9th August 1963 from
TV House, Kingsway, London in a half hour slot beginning at 7p.m. (
some regions transmitted it in a late evening slot at 10:40p.m. ) and
the first live acts were Billy Fury and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes,
performing in front of about 200 teenagers. The original theme tune
was 'Wipe Out' by the Surfaris which was soon replaced by Manfred Mann's
distinctive '5-4-3-2-1'. In 1964 it moved to a 50 minute slot which
began at 6:08 p.m.
The Kingsway studio proved to be an inappropriate venue to cater for the hundreds of fans who always crowded around outside the building and it was eventually moved to Wembley ( now Fountain ) studios. This facility was not always available at the same time every Friday and so the show was pre-recorded, usually on Tuesdays. Direction of the show was shared by Peter Croft, Rollo Gamble, Daphne Shadwell and Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Resident full-time dancers on the show were Theresa Confrey and Patrick Kerr who demonstrated new dances alongside 'members of the public' ( whom they chose specially from their visits to the 'Sabre' club ), with a certain Paul Raven, better known in later decades as Gary Glitter, as warm-up man for the dancing 'public'.
April 1965 saw a temporary name change to 'READY STEADY GOES LIVE' when live transmission and artist performances began, the previous shows being pre-recorded with the acts miming to their records. The series ran until 23rd December 1966. Tapes of the shows are owned by Dave Clark of The Dave Clark Five who acquired them in the Eighties.
LOVIN' SPOONFUL 1964