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Beat Room, The

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BBC2’s The Beat Room – billed as “thirty minutes of non-stop beat and shake” – delved more deeply into the R&B music that Ready Steady Go! helped to popularise. It featured a range of blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic, including Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Chris Farlowe and Long John Baldry.

The show also invented dancing troupe, The Beat Girls, who three years later became Pans People on Top Of The Pops.

The high spot, backstage at least, was an over-excited John Lee Hooker asking producer Michael Hurll to take him to Shepherds Bush market so he could buy a gun to shoot a member of his touring band who was getting on his nerves.