Guest singers like Billy Fury, Jackie Trent, Danny Williams, Ottilie Patterson and Cleo Laine would appear each week alongside some of Britain’s finest instrumental jazz talent like Johnny Dankworth, Tubby Hayes, Chris Barber and Eric Delaney. Some trad still crept in from time to time like Kenny Ball, but by this time the trad fad was truly on its way out.
Initially given the title 'Like, Crazy Man', the first six shows were recorded in
November 1961 with the first two of those featuring The Chris Barber Band with Ottile
Patterson, The Dallas Boys, The John Barry Seven and Janie Marden, replaced by Garry
Lane from the third show. Each show featured three bands who would have their own
numbers to perform, but also playing one song as an ensemble. Likewise, singers would
have their own spot and also with the bands. The idea was to have non-
Executive producer Alan Tarrant told TV Times in late 1961 "We feel that we don't
really look after the youngsters' tastes in music enough and we think that this programme
will do something to alter that. What we have tried to do is present an entire cross-
Produced by Rita Gillespie the show was initially set for six shows only, before being extended to twelve shows, and then extended further to fifteen due to the show’s popularity.