From TV Times "And welcome, gentle viewers. My name is Jonathan King. If you want
to be groovy, and want to know why, if you want to be way out in advance, let me
be your leader. Pops, films, theatre, books, politics even -
This would be King's response to Simon Dee's Saturday early evening chat show which had started several months earlier on BBC1. In an NME interview King boasted of having no other writers, nor would he be using a teleprompter, claiming Dee had employed both. The show was recorded at ATV's Elstree studios, later home of The Muppets and EastEnders.
Declaring his intent to confuse and provoke his audience he included Yoko Ono on
the first show, while The Jimi Hendrix Experience were to pop up on the second show,
over a year before their more famous Saturday tea-
Other pop stars appeared, but not always playing live as expected, sometimes they were just there to chat to the host, like performer/composer Frank Zappa trying his best not to swear, while members of The Love Affair had admitted that, like The Monkees, they didn't play on their own records. It was King's desire to get something more controversial from his guests than just the expected PR script.
The show would become involved in the 'first play' exclusive controversy. Several shows like The Eamonn Andrews Show, The Frost Programme and Good Evening would only book a musical act if the song was being performed for the first time. King told Disc in November 1967 "We will not consider any artist for 'Good Evening' unless we get the first play of their record."
In Early 1968 ATV gave Good Evening a thirteen week extension and was awarded it's
By late February 1968 Southern's Time For Blackburn had taken King's prized tea-
King requested that ATV keep a few interview clips to be archived and these are available