TV Pop Diaries
Popular Music on British Television
HAPPENING FOR LULU / LULU
28th December 1968 -
After her variety show earlier in the year this time Lulu was given a more progressive show, in keeping with her musical tastes.
Johnny Harris was the musical director this time around, rather then the usual Harry Rabinowitz or Ronnie Hazelhurst. Pan's People were used as the dance troupe, rather than the Young Generation, the backing singers were the soulful Sue and Sunny rather then The Ladybirds and the Producer was Stanley Dorfman. Lulu was very definitely given an upgrade this time around.
The Radio Times had announced the show as "The first programme in a new series of music and laughter."
Her then fiance Maurice Gibb appeared on the first show as did Atlantic Records' band Cartoone. But it would be the second show on 4th January 1969 that would be memorable.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience had lost a lump of hash down a dressing room sink plug
hole but manage to retrieve it in time for a pre-
The following week the show was retitled 'Lulu' and she would sing the six qualifiers for A Song For Europe, including an early song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Although the intention was to show Lulu in a contemporary light in the end it would
only lead her to Boom Bang-