These are compilations from pioneering music shows Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! Six-Five Special was first broadcast in 1957 at a time when both television and rock ‘n’ roll were in their infancy. It featured a mix of music, education and public information, whilst Oh Boy! was the first television programme to focus solely on music in 1958. Both shows featured the stars of the day and helped to spread the word about rock ‘n’ roll across Britain.
Tommy Steele shot to fame with The Steelmen in 1956 with hits like ‘Rock With The Caveman’ and ‘Elevator Rock’. He was heavily influenced by the new rock ‘n’ roll craze making its way across the Atlantic and became Britain’s first teen idol and rock ‘n’ roll star. Until 1960, however, it was almost impossible to purchase American electric guitars in Europe and most early rock stars like Steele and Billy Fury turned to the German-made Hofner guitar as good alternatives.
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