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Oh Boy! was the first teenage all-music show on Britishmarker TV airing in 1958-1959. It was produced by Jack Good for ITV.

Good had previously produced 6.5 Special for the BBC, but wanted to drop the sport and public-service content from this show, and concentrate on the music. The BBC would not accept this, so Good resigned.

ABC allowed Good to make two pilot all-music shows, which were only broadcast in the Midlandsmarker. These pilots were successful, so the programme was given a national ITV slot on Saturday evenings, from 6.00 – 6.30 PM, in direct competition with 6.5 Special, but starting very slightly earlier.

The hosts were Tony Hall, a jazz critic, and Jimmy Henney, and the artists covered a broad spectrum of music including ballads, jazz, skiffle and rock and roll. The show was broadcast live from the Hackney Empiremarker.

Each week Oh Boy! featured resident artists plus a selection of special guests. The residents included Cuddly Duddly, who sang on 21 shows, Cliff Richard (20 shows), The Drifters (Later to become The Shadows) (17 shows) and Marty Wilde (17 shows). Guests included Billy Fury, Tony Sheridan, Shirley Bassey and Lonnie Donegan; with occasional US stars, such as The Inkspots, Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee. The solo artists were supported by a specially created house band Lord Rockingham's XI, who went on to have hits in their own right, including a No 1 single "Hoots Mon". Performers were also supported by the singing and dancing of The Vernons Girls, the Dallas Boys and Neville Taylor's Cutters

8 episodes were re-broadcast in the USA, but only two of the 38 shows (or 40 shows including the two pilots) still exist. The last of these original shows was broadcast on 30 May 1959.
The slot was soon taken by another music show produced by Good, Boy Meets Girls, which starred Marty Wilde and started on 12 September 1959

Jack Good's Oh Boy - 1979

The show was revived in 1979 for the retro Rock n Roll stars of the day, this time round the show included, Shakin' Stevens, Alvin Stardust, Joe Brown, Lulu, Bogdan Kominowski alias Mr. Lee Grant, Freddie "Fingers" Lee, Les Gray, The Shades and Fumble. Joe Brown was the only one of the artists who was performing across the UK in the 50s to appear on the 70s Oh Boy! show. Alvin Stardust first emerged on the 1950s scene as Shane Fenton and the Fentones and re-invented himself as Alvin in the 70s.

Presenter of the show was "GBH" alias Scottish actor Billy Hartman.

Following the Oh Boy TV show, a similar series "Let's Rock" was created also by Jack Good. The shows were broadcast across Europe and in the USA in the early eighties.


  1. BFI article on Oh Boy! by Anthony Clark retrieved 9 December 2008
  2. Oh Boy website retrieved 9 December 2008
  3. IMDB article on Oh Boy! retrieved 9 December 2008

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