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SCOTT


BBC1

16th August 1968, 30th December 1968, 11th March 1969 - 15th April 1969


After the success of Lulu, Dusty Springfield and Cilla Black’s respective TV series' it was the turn of the existentialist Engelbert to turn his attention towards the television cameras.

Despite the many TV appearances with his "Brothers" and on his own how the notoriously shy singer was meant to deal with hosting his own series is anyone's guess but after two one-off shows in 1968 proved successful a series was commissioned for the following year, co-insiding with the release of his Scott 3 album in March 1969. By the time of the series' debut he'd had several solo hit singles and albums and some of those glorious songs were given an airing in front of an excitable audience, some however were probably expecting Scott to take part in comedy sketches with the likes of Roy Hudd or Clive Dunn.

The musical arrangements were by Peter Knight and Wally Stott who had worked on his LPs. The two one-off shows in 1968 used an instrumental version of his hit Joanna as the opening and closing theme. Johnny Franz, Scott's record producer would back Scott on piano for one song on each show.

Keeping his between songs chat to a minimum he managed to get through the presentation side with not too much embarrassment.

Guests included Kiki Dee, Blossom Dearie, O C Smith, The Dudley Moore Trio, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, Gene Pitney, Billy Preston and Noel Harrison.

Despite his popularity the series was not commissioned for a second series and all the shows video tapes were unforgivably wiped, but thankfully off-air audio recordings exist. A cash-in LP Scott Sings Songs From His TV Series was also released.