TV Pop Diaries
Popular Music on British Television
DISCS A GO-
14th September 1961 -
Produced by Chris Mercer, and hosted by Cool For Cats' Kent Walton Discs A Go Go seems to have been one of the great lost pop TV shows of the sixties.
The studio (first Cardiff, then Bristol) was made to look like a coffee bar 'Gogos, the gayest coffee bar in town' where acts would come to play, while the presenters including Tony Prince and one of Britain's first black presenters Cynthia ?
If the artist wouldn't / couldn't appear their song would be visually represented by a series of cartoon stills featuring the show's mascot Foxy the Fox / GoGo drawn by cartoonist Harry Hargreaves. Another ex Cool for Cats presenter Ker Robertson was the script writer. Starfire by The John Barry Seven & Orchestra was used as the show's theme.
The music appeared to come from a the bar's juke box, while every week a smoochy song would be played while the camera showed close ups of embarrassed couples. The regular dance troupe were The Go Jos who at that time had a male dancer while a later version of the troupe would appear on Top Of The Pops.
The show leaned towards beat / rhythm and blues and attracted many of Britain's great bands of the time which makes it even more galling that no shows from this era exist, with only the final tribute show from 1968 still extant.
The show's coffee bar was run by Frank Harding and Connie Greegrove, who played a dumb blonde type, literally never saying anything.
The show carried the banner of 'A TWW Network Production', but only semed to be taken by some of the smaller ITV companies.
According to the producer's liner notes from an accompanying Decca EP the show had up to nine million viewers by 1963.