|Ready Steady Go|
RSG! studio floor with Manfred Mann performing
|Created by||Elkan Allan, Vicki Wickham|
|Starring||Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan|
|Original run||August 1963 – December 1966|
Ready Steady Go! or simply RSG! was one of the UK's first rock/pop music TV programmes. For the Oakenfold song of the same name see Southern Sun / Ready Steady Go. This article is about Manfred Mann the band For Manfred Mann the man see Manfred Mann (musician. Elkan Allan ( December 8 1922 to June 25 2006) was a British Television producer and print Journalist. Vicki Wickham (b ca 1939 is an English talent manager entertainment producer and songwriter Keith Fordyce was a Disc jockey and presenter on British radio and television Cathy McGowan (born 1943 is a British broadcaster and journalist presenter from 1964-6 of Rediffusion television’s rock music show Ready Steady Go! Vicki Wickham (b ca 1939 is an English talent manager entertainment producer and songwriter Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located RSG! was conceived by Elkan Allan, head of Rediffusion TV, who wanted to try a music radio show. Elkan Allan ( December 8 1922 to June 25 2006) was a British Television producer and print Journalist. Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of Allan was assisted by record producer/talent manager Vicki Wickham, who eventually became the show's producer. Vicki Wickham (b ca 1939 is an English talent manager entertainment producer and songwriter It was first broadcast in August 1963 and ran until December 1966. It was produced by Associated-Rediffusion (later re-named Rediffusion) which had the ITV franchise for the London region. Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The show was so successful it eventually went out live nationally. It was contemporary with the surge in British pop music of the 1960s.
The show gained its highest ratings on March 20, 1964 when a special edition featured the Beatles as guests, being interviewed and miming to their songs It Won't Be Long, You Can't Do That and Can't Buy Me Love - the last of which was becoming a smash hit single at the time. Events 1600 - The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 " It Won't Be Long " is the opening track on With the Beatles, and was the first original song recorded for the LP Although credited to " You Can't Do That " is a song recorded by The Beatles credited to Lennon / McCartney although it was wholly composed by John Lennon. " Can't Buy Me Love " is the title of a song composed by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and released by The Beatles on the A
It last aired on December 23, 1966. Events 962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar.
The show aired on Friday evenings with the by-line The weekend starts here!, and was introduced by The Surfaris "Wipe Out" - later replaced by Manfred Mann's "5-4-3-2-1" (later replaced by Manfred Mann's "Hubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble"). The Surfaris were an American Surf music band formed in Glendora, California in 1962 This article is about Manfred Mann the band For Manfred Mann the man see Manfred Mann (musician. It was much more youth oriented and informal than its BBC rival Top of the Pops. Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart Television programme, made and broadcast
In the summer of 1964 the production team launched a competition to 'find the band to replace The Beatles', 'Ready Steady Win'. The eventual winners were 'The Bow Street Runners' a London Rnb Band. Initially, the RSG! artists mimed to their records but by late 1964, some of the guests were performing live and the show switched to all live performances in April 1965. 
It was noted for allowing artists to perform the full version of their songs rather than the short versions demanded by its contemporary TV shows.
Despite the show's popularity in Britain, it was never shown in the United States during its production years. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the One possible reason could be that "RSG", like all live or taped British television series at the time, was produced in black-and-white. At the same time, the American networks ABC, CBS, and NBC were rapidly converting their facilities and programming from black-and-white to color television. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's
In 1966, around the time that the 'beat movement' was fading, the show was cut. Its disappearance at the height of its popularity only enhanced its status as a TV classic.
After the show was canceled, Dave Clark brought the rights to the series. David Clark or Dave Clark may refer to Dave Clark (baseball, baseball player David Clark (cartoonist, illustrator Compilation versions of the show aired on the UK's Channel 4 in the 1980s, and in 1989 the show was seen for the first time in the US, as the Disney Channel aired the show. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the For the Disney Channel in other countries see Disney Channel around the world. At the time, Disney Channel was a pay channel, and its programming at night was aimed at adults, unlike today's pre-teen programming. In addition, compilations were made available on home video. Home video is a blanket term used for pre-recorded media that is either sold or hired for home entertainment Nothing has so far been released on DVD. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is
Throughout the show's run, the main presenters were Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, though early shows were introduced by Dusty Springfield. Keith Fordyce was a Disc jockey and presenter on British radio and television Cathy McGowan (born 1943 is a British broadcaster and journalist presenter from 1964-6 of Rediffusion television’s rock music show Ready Steady Go! Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE ( 16 April, 1939 &ndash 2 March, 1999) professionally known as Dusty Springfield In addition, the show was occasionally presented by David Gell and Michael Aldred. David Gell was a DJ on Radio Luxembourg and later on the BBC Light Programme, Radio One, and Radio Two.
Cathy McGowan joined the show after answering an advert for 'a typical teenager' to come and work as an advisor. Before long she found herself presenting the show, with her strength lying in the fact that her status as a genuine fan of the artists was evident in her presenting style; stumbling over her lines, losing her cool during interviews and apparent inexperience only made her more popular with the viewers, and by the end she was presenting the show alone. She may have been the inspiration for Susan Campy from the Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day's Night, when George Harrison tells the producer of a fictitious teen television show that Campy is ". The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British Comedy film written by Alun Owen starring The Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001 was an English rock Guitarist Singer - Songwriter, Author . . that posh bird who gets everything wrong", to which the producer played by Kenneth Haigh replies, "She's a trendsetter. Kenneth Haigh (born March 25, 1931 in Mexborough, Yorkshire) is a British Actor. It's her profession. "
It featured most of the successful bands and artists of the era, among them The Beatles, The Kinks, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones, Donovan (who was, in effect, "discovered" by RSG!), The Fortunes, Otis Redding, Bo Diddley, The Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, The Animals, Cilla Black, The Searchers, The Who, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Billy Fury, Lulu, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Gene Pitney, The Beach Boys, Sandie Shaw, Burt Bacharach, Samantha Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Lynch, Small Faces, Them and Elkie Brooks. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 The Kinks were an English pop and rock group formed in 1963 and categorised in the US as a British Invasion band Gerry and The Pacemakers were a British Rock and roll group during the 1960s Donovan ( Donovan Phillips Leitch, born 10 May 1946 in Glasgow) is a Scottish Singer-songwriter and guitarist Otis Ray Redding Jr ( September 9, 1941 December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer Bo Diddley ( December 30 1928 &ndash June 2 2008, born Ellas Otha Bates) was an original and influential American The Dave Clark Five (also known as "The DC5" were an English Beat group, one of the few presenting something of a commercial threat to The Beatles Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE ( 16 April, 1939 &ndash 2 March, 1999) professionally known as Dusty Springfield For the R&B singer see Bobby Valentino. For another 1960s singer see Bobby Vinton. The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s known in the United States as part of the British Invasion. Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May, 1943) is an English Singer-songwriter and Television The Searchers are a British rock band who emerged as part of the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Swinging The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend Georgie Fame (born Clive Powell 26 June 1943, Leigh) is a British Rhythm and blues and Jazz Singer and Billy Fury (born Ronald William Wycherley, 17 April 1940 - 28 January, 1983) was an internationally successful British Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE, (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945 is a Grammy Award -winning Northern Irish Singer, Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, known as Marvin Gaye ( April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American Singer-songwriter Gene Francis Alan Pitney ( February 17 1940 &ndash April 5 2006) was an American Singer and Songwriter. The Beach Boys is an American rock band Formed in 1961 the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California Youth culture Sandie Shaw (born Sandra Ann Goodrich on 26 February 1947) was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s Burt Bacharach (ˈbækəræk born May 12, 1928) is an American Pianist and Composer. Samantha Jones is the name of Samantha Jones (singer (born 1943 a singer from Liverpool England Samantha Jones (Sex and the City, a Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American Rock and roll and Country music Singer, Songwriter Kenny Lynch, OBE (born 18 March 1939, Stepney) is a English Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer and Them was a Northern Irish group formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the Garage rock standard " Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder 25 February 1945 in Broughton, Salford) is an English singer formerly a vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later
The show was largely responsible for breaking Jimi Hendrix worldwide. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter His first TV performance in England was on RSG! when he played "Hey Joe". Hey Joe (disambiguation "Hey Joe" is an American Popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in After this appearance the club tour he was booked on sold out. The next time he returned he was playing The Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Albert Hall is an Arts venue situated in the Knightsbridge area of the City of Westminster, London, England, best known
The show's "warm up man" for many years was Gary Glitter (then known as "Paul Raven"), who also helped with security (he can been seen in a piece of film pulling screaming female fans off members of The Beatles). Paul Francis Gadd (born 8 May 1944 is an English Glam rock Singer and Songwriter, and is better known by his Stage name Gary The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 The show ended years before his worldwide breakthrough hit ""Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2" in 1972. " Rock and Roll " also known as " The Hey Song," is a song performed by British Glam rocker Gary Glitter that was released in
The show was also not afraid to introduce lesser-known artists from both the UK and US. It also had appearances from comedians Peter Cook & Dudley Moore. Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 &ndash 9 January 1995 was an English Satirist, Writer and Comedian. Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 &ndash 27 March 2002 was an English Actor, Comedian and Musician.
Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles were the only act to return to the show for two weeks in a row. Labelle is an American R&B / Soul group who melded Disco with Funk and Glam rock. The show's manager Vicki Wickham was so impressed by the group that she offered to produce an album for them, of which she produced six and eventually became their manager. Wickham was the one who fostered the change from 1960s girl group Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles to the 70s all-girl glam band Labelle. Labelle is an American R&B / Soul group who melded Disco with Funk and Glam rock.
The British 1970s punk rock band Generation X (band), whose lead singer was Billy Idol, have a song called "Ready Steady Go" which is based on the television show. Generation X (aka Gen X) were an English Punk rock band, formed on 21 November 1976 by Billy Idol, Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955, Stanmore, Middlesex) is an English rock Idol continues to play the song live as part of his solo career. .