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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

One of the first regional early evening pop shows, hosted by Valerie Masters (former singer with Ray Ellington), Ray Cousins and Jimmy Savile, who apparently decided to dye his hair a different colour each week. Dennis Ringrowe was the musical director, while The Clyde Valley Stompers were a regular band.

Scheduled for an eight week run the show included music and comedy aimed at the youth audience and would according to Disc magazine feature "an LP record quiz, a teenage fashion contest and a record request session". This first series ran from 4th May 1960 - 22nd June 1960, before being re-launched the following year.

Singer Gary Marshall was hired for the re-boot which began 31st May 1961 and talking to Record Mirror he said "Peter Glover is directing the series and it looks as if I shall have plenty of scope over writing the script."

By the beginning of 1962 the show had reached its fourth series and was beginning to attract a strong line up of international artists, despite not being networked.


Tyne Tees

4th May 1960 - 18th April 1962