1 9 6 5 (UK)
35 x 30 minute episodes
A sequel to The Beat Room, the Monday evening show Gadzooks! It’s All Happening offered the same kind of fare.
Debuting on BBC2 on 1 February 1965, the show wouldn’t have been seen by most of the nation but those who were able to tune in could have caught The Animals, Marianne Faithfull and Tom Jones in the first show.
Presenters were singer Alan David and future Crackerjack presenter Christine Holmes.
Mike Leander was resident (with his Combo), as was blind keyboard player Peter Cooke, The Three Bells – a vocal group featuring three sisters – and dance troupe The Beat Girls (pictured below) who later went on to fame as Pan’s People.
Later guests included The Graham Bond Organisation, The Rockin’ Berries, Nashville Teens, Long John Baldry, Manfred Mann, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Donovan, The Who, The Moody Blues and Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc.
The show also gave an early tv spot to the future thin white duke with his band Davy Jones and the Mannish Boys (pictured below outside the studio) performing I Pity The Fool on 8 March.
The show was eventually simply called Gadzooks!, with Roger Whittaker added to the cast as a replacement for Cooke and Faithfull. The final broadcast was on 27 September 1965.
Mike Leander Combo
The Three Bells
The Beat Girls