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45 / ROCK ON WITH 45

Granada
4th April 1974 - 30th August 1975

An attempt, and a reasonable one at that, by Granada to educate the tea-timers into the outer scope of the charts, new releases and forthcoming flops. This could also be construed as an attempt to put on a cheap pop show featuring acts who were, chart-wise, second division. However after an anonymous start the show got into the swing with most people outside of Granadaland viewing the show on a Saturday morning, the day after the station producers had shown it locally.

Produced by the legendary Muriel Young it was hosted by Radio 208’s favourite Canadian Dave ‘Kid’ Jensen, later to host Top of the Pops, Tyne Tees’ Razamataz and The Roxy in the mid eighties, while Zigzag were the resident dance troupe. Jensen would introduce acts from the Hardrock Discothèque set, while others would perform live elsewhere on the set.

The first series presented the remains of teen-glam with appearances by Slade, The Bay City Rollers, Geordie, Gary Glitter and the like while the 1975 series kicked off with the likes of Supertramp, Ace and The Pretty Things.

Despite the best intentions the show failed to click with the audience, but was given a long run for its money lasting sixteen months before the plug was pulled by ITV the same time as The Bay City Rollers’ BAFTA avoiding Shang-A-Lang.