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 Oh Boy!, so it began the show just as the other show 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-
The first shows were hosted by Radio Luxembourg DJ Gus Goodwin, who together with the producer and Bob Miller will choose the songs for the show. Goodwin would in turn be replaced with Oh Boy's Trevor Peacock. The show was recorded at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London in front of 200 people.
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. Musically the choice was upbeat, with only one or two ballads per week. The John Barry Seven provided the small group numbers.
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 who provided so many singers for shows.
After Oh Boy! finished it's run on 30th May 1959 Marty Wilde crossed over to Drumbeat
to become a regular. Other Oh Boy! regulars Cliff Richard and The Drifters also appeared,
while American one hit wonders The Poni-
Just as Oh Boy! made Cliff Richard's career due to his weekly appearances Drumbeat was 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.
No shows are thought to exist, however a Fontana EP released in May 1960 is taken directly from the TV soundtrack.
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