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WHAM!!

ABC
23rd April 1960 - 18th June 1960

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

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. Despite the concerns of the show's maker it was given an extended run from seven to nine shows.

The show appears to have followed the fast and kinetic feel of Oh Boy, but by this time it looked and felt a bit old. The names and faces had been used in Good's shows before and they didn't pull off any new tricks this time around. ABC tried to encourage interest by getting the audience to write fan letters to their favourite artist. Director Ben Churchill later went on to work on other ABC music shows like Steamboat Shuffle.

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