From TV Times "The rendezvous of popular recording stars from both sides of the Atlantic
with Gerry Wilmot as the Shop Keeper and Vice-President in charge of contests in
which everyone will be invited to participate. Big prizes and fun for all."
A half-hour, mid-afternoon offering from one of the new ITV franchises, offering
similar fare to BBC's Off The Record with visiting singers promoting their new releases.
Hosted by Gerry Wilmot, later to be joined by Rita Gillespie, it was initially called
ABC Music Shop, then ATV Music Shop, but was shorn of it's station identification
at the beginning of 1956. The show concentrated on the popular singing and dance
band stars of the time like Lita Roza, Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, Anne Shelton,
Ronnie Hilton and Joe Loss rather then rock and roll or pop, but it did give some
pre-Oh Boy! exposure for organist Cherry Wainer, and despite an appearance by Chris
Barber's Jazz Band it was unlikely that it gave much, if any, time for skiffle.
Despite a claim in the TV Times that it was "the Rendezvous of popular recording
stars from both sides of the Atlantic" there's no evidence of American artists appearing
on the show, in fact, reference to American artists was later dropped in the magazine.
Musical backing was provided by a group led by Tommy Maxwell and Ted Brennan. The
show ended October 1956 only to be brought back two years' later, hosted by Teddy
Johnson, singer and sometime Radio Luxembourg DJ. It also boasted early TV appearances
for Shirley Bassey and Dudley Moore.