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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.
Introduced and compered each week by unseen Irish DJ Pat Campbell, the show also invented dancing troupe, The Beat Girls – Ruth (Pearson), Ann, Jenny, Lynn, Babs (Lord) and Zooks – who three years later morphed into 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.
The show proved short-lived and was taken off air at the end of January 1965, after only six months.
The Beat Girls
Wayne Gibson with The Dynamic Sounds