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6th August 1960 - 27th August 1960

Originally planned as Riverboat Shuffle, but a name change was needed to avoid confusion with another show called Riverboat.

ABC had hired a Mississippi riverboat, named 'Cottontail', and moored it by their London studios at Teddington Lock which would become the home for some of Britain's top jazz talent during the tapings on August 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th.

The show had booked Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttelton, Alex Walsh, Kenny Ball, Bob Wallis, along with skifflers Chas and Shirley McDevitt, singer Matt Monro, Don Reenie and rocker Dickie Pride, with the possibility of a few folk singers added nearer recording time.