I’ve had a look through various newspaper listings and I’ve found the following information:
30 Nov 1961: Roy Tierney 02 Mar 1962: The Mudlarks, Mike Cotton and his Jazzmen 24 Feb 1964: Jimmy Justice, Antoinette, Mike Cotton Sound 11 May 1964: Patsy Ann Noble, The Baker Twins, Brian Howard and the Silhouettes 01 Jun 1964: Marty Wilde 22 Jun 1964: Manfred Mann, Long John Baldry 20 Jul 1964: Maureen Evans, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated 10 Aug 1964: Patsy Ann Noble, The Naturals, The Honeycombs 21 Sep 1964: Mike Cotton Sound, Carol Deene, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers 18 Nov 1964: Mark Wynter, Sounds Incorporated 23 Nov 1964: Sandie Shaw, Dave Berry, Adam Faith (broadcast 25/11/64 on STV) 14 Dec 1964: Lulu, The Four Pennies, The Barron Knights (broadcast 16/12/64 on STV) 28 Dec 1964: The Honeycombs, Dodie West (broadcast 30/12/64 on STV) 04 Jan 1965: Gerry Marsden (broadcast 06/01/65 on STV) c. Feb 1965: Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband
I can also confirm that Julie Driscoll was on the show on 07/10/63 and that the Classmates appeared on 23/12/63.
Here are some entries from Aberdeen Evening Express plus a handful from Viewer/TV times - Discs a gogo was on Grampian tx a couple of days after TWW. I've used the TWW dates. Couple of acts weren't very legible. I've not taken anything from books or websites here but that's not to say there aren't errors. Obviously it would be preferable if anything added also came from primary sources such as the day's newspaper or Viewer / TV Times for accuracy in the absence of a TWW written archive. I think the first series was only tx in the TWW region ? Hard to tell how many acts were on each week. Looks like 4 but perhaps it was variable ? Sometimes only 3 are listed but there could have been another act on. I'd like this first one with Johnny Kidd please !
03.12.1962 the mudlarks / joyce blair / tony osbourne / johnny kidd 10.12.1962 mark wynter / jon and julie / zen tracy and the rhet stoller group and featuring frank harding 17.12.1962 the springfields / eric delaney and his band / kenny lynch 24.12.1962 31.12.1962 Gerry Brown's Jazzmen, Simone Jackson, Neil Christian and Jimmy Powell 07.01.1963 the vernons girls / mike cotton and his jazzmen / frank harding and connie greengrove 14.01.1963 the avon cities jazz band / rog whittaker / eileen duffy 21.01.1963 ? 28.01.1963 eden kane / gerry browns jazzmen / the allisons / beverley jones 04.02.1963 ? 11.02.1963 ? 18.02.1963 danny williams / carol deene / the federals / janice nicholls 25.02.1963 joe brown, duffy power. / the back o’town syncopators / sheila southern 04.03.1963 craig douglas / bob wallis and his storyville jazzmen / simone jackson / peter gordeno 11.03.1963 john leyton / clinton ford / bob wallis and his storyville jazzmen / barbara kay 18.03.1963 ? 25.03.1963 ? 01.04.1963 ? 08.04.1963 ? 15.04.1963 ? 22.04.1963 Patsy Ann Noble, Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Mike Preston and Vince Hill 29.04.1963 ? 06.05.1963 ? 13.05.1963 ? 20.05.1963 ? 27.05.1963 ? 03.06.1963 ? 10.06.1963 ? 17.06.1963 duffy power / the clyde valley stompers / cloda rogers 24.06.1963 With Richard Bono, Jackie Trent, Kenny Lynch, Alex Welsh and his band 01.07.1963 dave duggan / dorothy baker / monty sunshine’s jazz band 08.07.1963 maureen scott / shake keane and the ross men (boss?) / Erkey ()Grant 15.07.1963 kathy kirby / danny williams / chris barbers jazz band 22.07.1963 no guests listed 29.07.1963 patsy ann noble / neil christian / alex welsh and his band 05.08.1963 gerry brown’s jazzmen / don spencer / the caravelles 12.08.1963 beryl marsden / rod and carolyn / dick charlesworth and his city gents 19.08.1963 mr acker bilk and his paramount jazz band / tim connor / mickie most 26.08.1963 not very legible worth checking - carole deane?? / tommy quickly / mike cotton jazzmen 02.09.1963 jimmy justice / the springfields / terry lightfoot and his jazzmen 09.09.1963 beverlley jones / houston wells / monty sunshine’s jazz band 16.09.1963 tommy roe / sandra browne / dick charlesworth and his city gents 23.09.1963 100th frank ifield / susan maughan / johnny dankworth quintet 30.09.1963 kenny lynch / cilla black / shake keane and the boastmen (? check bandname) 07.10.1963 dave clark / julie driscoll ?/ mike cotton jazzmen 14.10.1963 john leyton / glyn johns / acker bilk and his paramount jazz band 21.10.1963 billy boyle / rod and carolyn / mike cotton jazzmen 28.10.1963 screaming lord sutch / the caravelles / dick charlesworth and his city gents 04.11.1963 marty wilde / kiki dee / terry lightfoot and his jazzmen 11.11.1963 frankie vaughan / patsy ann noble / lance percival / alan elsdon jazzband 18.11.1963 jimmy young / eileen duffy / peter kerr’s scottish all-stars 25.11.1963 only two listed - the viscounts / terry lightfoot and his jazzmen 02.12.1963 john leyton / millie / chris barber’s jazzband 09.12.1963 (bit illegible) sheila southern / doug sheldon / kenny ball and his jazzmen 16.12.1963 the vernons girls / mike hurst / monty sunshine’s jazz band 23.12.1963 Billy Fury / the checkmates (? def "x" mates, could be classmates??? / dick charlesworth and his city gents 30.12.1963 gene vincent / mickie most / mike cotton jazzmen 06.01.1964 kenny lynch / frenesi watson / terry lightfoot and his jazzmen 13.01.1964 julie grant, gary miller, jackie lynton, alex welsh band 20.01.1964 danny williams / tony sheveton / miar davies and the beachcombers 27.01.1964 peter harvey / the ladybirds / mike cotton jazzmen 03.02.1964 nana mauskori / daryl quist / georgie fame and the blue flames 10.02.1964 maureen evans / mike berry / the no names 17.02.1964 vince hill / danny street / peter jay and the jaywalkers / jimmy justice 24.02.1964 ? 02.03.1964 cilla black / don charles / tony meehan and his combo 09.03.1964 gene pitney / the federals / jess conrad 16.03.1964 dev douglas / millie / dave nelson and the beachcombers (is that 2 acts or one?) 23.03.1964 jess conrad / the mckinleys / the mike cotton sound 30.03.1964 alma cogan / ian mcculloch / the mojos 06.04.1964 linda saxone / ray bennett / the breakaways / the mike cotton sound 13.04.1964 gene vincent / lynne curtis / johnny kidd and the pirates / the flintstones 20.04.1964 glenda collins / the le roys / cliff bennett and the rebel rousers 27.04.1964 kenny lynch / beverley mills / christine qualife? / the migil 5 / the mike cotton sound 04.05.1964 billy fury / manfred mann / julie rogers / lulu and the luvvers 11.05.1964 patsy ann noble / the applejacks / the baker twins / the animals 18.05.1964 tony brook / the baker twins / sounds incorporated / the mike cotton sound 25.05.1964 tommy quickly / andee silver / a band of angels / brian howard and the silhouettes 01.06.1964 marty wilde / jean martin / the monotones / the yardbirds / mike cotton sound (the latter were listed in NME) 08.06.1964 15.06.1964 francoise hardy / mark wynter / dave berry / bob miller and his millermen 22.06.1964 29.06.1964 millie / the yardbirds / jimmy powell / the applejacks
Monday 24/12/62, there was no programme, it was shown instead on Tuesday 25/12/62, TWW only not networked Monday 4/2/63 Paul Raven From The Stage Thursday 31 January 1963 says 'Paul Raven with his backing group The Strollers (from Wolverhampton) broke off the tour of The West Country on January 30 to tele-record Discs A Go-Go...'
Monday 13/5/63 Billy Fury Monday 27/5/63 Mark Wynter, Cyril Davies Rhythm and Blues All-Stars, Jan Burnette, Johnny Towers Monday 03/6/63 Eden Kane, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas Monday 10/6/63 The Mike Cotton Band Monday 26/8/63 tvpopdiaries just has Mike Cotton Jazzmen Monday 9/12/63 tvpopdiaries just has Sheila Southern, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen Monday 24/2/64 Jimmy Justice, Antoinette, Mike Cotton Sound Monday 22/6/64 Manfred Mann, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Long John Baldry
So we know that at least one episode, as above 4/2/63 was tele-recorded!
For the very first episode of Discs A Go-Go, the following from The Stage, 7 September 1961... 'TWW Announce Details of New Disc Show Special guest in the first edition (14 September 1961) will be 17-year-old Paul Raven...'
Paul Raven had released his single 45 rpm Walk On Boy in August 1961.
(Host, presenter as always was Kent Walton, and as always The John Barry Seven performed theme "Starfire")
Discs-A-GoGo. The set tried to represent a fifties coffee bar. There was a studio audience which represented club goers and they would jive around the set to music from a fake juke box. Also each week there would be 'live acts' guesting to mime to their latest records, anyone from Gene Pitney to Adam Faith would appear.
The show mascot was a cartoon Fox! Another spot featured each week was the 'smooch spot' couples would embrace and smooch around the 'dance floor' while the studio cameras would pan in on them...
Post by williammcgregor on Oct 9, 2019 10:52:04 GMT
The wording from the back of the Extended Play above ...
They called it Gogo's, the gayest coffee bar in town. But no coffee bar was ever like this. Cameras weaved through a solid maze of gyrating dancers. Blazing studio lights sent the temperature soaring. Microphone booms swung low over the bobbing heads. The atmosphere was electric as the sound of beat music flooded the big studio. This was the birth of a television programme with the way-out title DISCS-A-GO. Produced by TWW, Independent Television for South Wales and the West of England. DISCS-A-GOGO has proved a record-breaking show. When it burst on the air from Pontcanna Studios, Cardiff, on September 14, 1961, the potential audience was around two million. Today, DISCS-A-GOGO is screened to over nine million viewers and most of Britain's top pop stars have been welcomed to Gogo's by genial host Kent Walton. DISCS-A-GOGO has rocketed to success because it appeals to the young in heart. That, perhaps, is the secret of all good pop music. CHRIS MERCER Producer 1963