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12th September 1959 - 5th March 1960

ABC’s Saturday evening replacement for Oh Boy! Again produced by Jack Good with Rita Gillespie directing it featured Marty Wilde and The Vernons Girls as regulars.

Similar in concept to Oh Boy! with organist Cherry Wainer and saxophonist Red Price retained, along with a new backing group Jack Good’s Firing Squad. It also kept the same production team.

Initially a straight forward rock and roll show Good may have been under pressure to tone down the loudness, so more ballads were introduced to his annoyance. After a run-in with guest Johnny Cash house band guitarist Joe Brown was fired. Adam Faith, Jess Conrad, Billy Fury were frequent guests with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appearing as a part of their UK tour.

The show had been criticised for toning down the rock and roll quota after a while, but Jack Good avowed to reverse the decision before the show was cancelled. Marty Wilde couldn't commit to any more shows from April onwards so Good decided to propose a new show and format.