I'd not heard of Ayshea being romantically involved with Ritchie Blackmore, but she definitely had a strong connection with Deep Purple in that she was managed by Tony Edwards who was one half of the Deep Purple management team.
Yes, i'm pretty staggered by the almost complete disappearance of Lift Off too. Especially as it was a Granada programme (who are generally one of the better companies when it comes to archiving); out of such a high number of editions, you'd have thought a few more would have managed to hang in there, especially from the later series which go as far forward as 1974! Granada did have a few lapses from the mid '60s onwards though and this is one of their black marks. On the one hand, they probably saw it as a "low grade kid's show" but taking it another way, it featured many appearances by key pop acts, regardless of who the target audience were.
Do we know how much from Lift Off was sold elsewhere (either clips or whole shows)? Just wondering what the chances of more residing somewhere else are.
Re: "Do we know how much from Lift Off was sold elsewhere (either clips or whole shows)? Just wondering what the chances of more residing somewhere else are."
Alan Merrill told me that the Arrows show was broadcast in Australia on an "ITV affiliate". As that was one in a chain of tea time pop shows produced by Granada, it's fairly likely Lift Off was broadcast elsewhere.
A most interesting question. I know that there was a promo clip used in "Lift Off" which was shown on a 1972 edition of ZDF TV show "Disco". For which as we all know quite well, has been a great source of UK clips and material which was used. Another is German TV Show"Disc A Go Go", which also used the clip of The Who on TOTP in 1970 ( performing The Seeker, from "The Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy" release ) of note. Was a b/w tr sourced recording, however quality was quite good. Would love to see colour recovery used on a performance like this. Not to get OT but 1970 is one of my favorite years for TOTP.
Back on topic, in seeing that Lift off and "Top Of the Pops" were both used in German TV shows. And with this mentioning of "The Arrows" show being broadcast by an Australian "ITV Affiliate", leaves hope that this may have been the case here. I fear however that tracking down information here may prove a bit problematic at times. However, like all great labors, are well worth the work in the end! I will have a look into this and see what I can find out here.
Fascinating prospect I must say. I would dearly love to see material from "Lift Off" and "Disco 2" returned. Fingers Crossed!!
Post by Tommy Robinson on Feb 20, 2012 15:14:22 GMT
Not sure if the piece of info I have will be of help or interest but here goes anyway. Re post#80 and the mention of Eli Culbertson, I can confirm he sang I Need Your Love Tonight. I recall it well. Culbertson was an Elvis impersonator, hence the Elvis song being performed. He caused a bit of a stir in the week of the Lift Off show as he landed at (?) Heathrow Airport in full Presley attire and carrying guitar. An obvious publicity stunt which made the evening news and next day's newspapers as it was rumoured Elvis had come to Britain.
Yes, for weks beforehand they had a silhouette and a big question mark, and a play-over of a 'version' of "I need your love tonight".. Even at that age, I figured "Well, if it really was Elvis, they'd be telling us directly I'm sure"
I remembered it as being Sally James' Saturday Scene', but I may be wrong...