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WHAM!!

ABC
23rd April 1960 - 18th June 1960

Another Saturday evening ABC-TV rock ‘n’ roll show, produced by Jack Good and hosted by Keith Fordyce. Described by TV Times as “a fistful of songs”, this attempt to get back to the Oh Boy! formula only lasted eight shows and featured Billy Fury, The Vernons Girls, Jess Conrad and Oh Boy! guitarist Joe Brown as regulars.

It was decided to return to the energy of Oh Boy for this new show. Good wanted eleven songs each show, keeping it faced paced. His resident group would be Jack Good's Fat Noise, featuring a Salvation Army type bass drum and a tuba! Good told the Daily Mirror that the group ‘.. is a new musical combination of four trumpets; two trombones; a tuba; four saxes; three guitars; a bass guitar; two sets of drums; a piano and a Salvation Army-type bass drum’. ‘ It will provide the fattest, roundest sound that has ever come to television’. John Barry was likely to be hired as the Musical Director.

Good had announced that after the first series of shows it would return on September 10th. It didn't. Just as Oh Boy didn’t return. Explaining the reason for cancelling the the show the broadcaster contended that "ABC thinks there is no longer a public demand for teenage rock 'n' roll type programmes."

A version of dance tune Madison Time was released by Parlophone during the show's run and name checked the show throughout.