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4th April 1959 to 29th August 1959.

The BBC chose a quick replacement for the failed Dig This!, but to give its replacement a better chance of survival it was decided not to directly compete with ITV so began the show just as Oh Boy! finishes at 6.30 pm.

Dig This! regulars Bob Miller and The Millermen were still resident this time around, and joined by The John Barry Seven, Adam Faith, Sylvia Sands and ex-Oh Boy!'s Vince Eager.

The first shows were hosted by Radio Luxembourg DJ Gus Goodwin, but later Trevor Peacock.

This was the nearest the BBC would get to the fever pitch of Oh Boy!, crowding the stage with as many singers and musicians as the camera frame could catch.

Problems arose when Producer Stewart Morris had taken issue with Billy Fury learning the wrong song one week and decided to let him go, causing a problem between the producer and Fury’s manager Larry Parnes.

After Oh Boy! finished it's run on 30th May 1959 Marty Wilde crossed over to Drumbeat to become a regular there. Other Oh Boy! regulars Cliff Richard and The Drifters also appeared, while American one hit wonders The Poni-Tails appeared on several shows.

Just as Oh Boy! made Cliff Richard's career due to his weekly appearances Drumbeat had been as influential to Adam Faith's career.

The Daily Mirror quotes regular guest John Barry as saying "I think the teenagers will find Drumbeat is more than 'with it.'" This was not the case as the show was not commissioned for a second series.

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