The Harbour Lights at Ready Steady Win 1964
info and pics courtesy Brian Higham

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Ready Steady Win was introduced by Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan and hosted by Michael Aldred and Gay Singleton. It was a TV talent contest, based on the 60s pop show Ready Steady Go!

To enter, bands had first to send in a demo disc (not tape) then pass an audition. The shows were recorded at the Associated Rediffusion studios in Wembley. It was the first time that the RSG engineers had tried to mix and broadcast live bands - unlike RSG, there was no miming in RSW.

The engineers were obsessed with removing all trace of hum & other noise from the bands' equipment, and spent much of the morning replacing valves, etc.

The judges varied from week to week, such as Beatles manager Brian Epstein, bandleader Cyril Ornadel and journalist Maureen Cleve. When interviewed on the show and asked what was the most important attribute a band should have, Maureen gave the most profound response "clean fingernails".

Mike and John   Brian Higham and Cathy McGowan, co-presenter R.S.W

Brian gets up close with Gay


Brian and Gay Singleton


Gay Singleton, co-presenter





Too posh for a van, the HL roadie sets off for London in his limousine.


Gay Singleton with the Bo Street Runners

A framed Ready Steady Win album presented to Brian Higham by Scott Akister of Royal Records for services to the Harbour Lights.

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Topic: Harbour Lights on RSW
Eddie Lintern says...
In June 1964 my group "The Rhythm Four" appeared on the 1st heat of Ready Steady Win after auditioning at the Redifusion TV studios in Marlborough Street, London. We performed The Searchers hit "Don't throw your love away" ... Read More
9th April 2014 8:01pm
Duncan says...
Hi, Sadly, I attended the funeral of my uncle, Alan Fasey, today. He was the lead singer in the group The Invaders who appeard on Ready Steady Win. They performed a song called "About A Boy". We are trying to look for any images or videos ... Read More
2nd October 2014 3:40am
Susan Parkes says...
Hi, In response to your comment re your Uncle Alan Fasey so sorry to hear of your sad loss. I have to admit that until last night, I hadn't heard of your uncle. However, by a huge coincidence I was actually speaking to someone who played in the ... Read More
31st October 2014 1:53pm
Duncan says...
Thank you for your reply Sue. How can I contact you?
3rd November 2014 5:59am
Sue Parkes says...
Hi Duncan, Thank you for your reply. My apologies for not giving my email address but as I had entered it on the comment form mistakenly assumed that you had received it. I'm more than happy to supply you with it but I can't unfortunately ... Read More
5th November 2014 10:51pm
Barry Clare says...
hi Duncan,I am Barry Clare,guitarist of The Invaders. I am sad to hear I have not found Alan in time and that his funeral was on 2.10.14 without me being there with him. I also would have and still can provide all photos of Alan Fasey as lead singer ... Read More
1st November 2014 10:14am
Hi Eddie was the group that came 2nd the RYTHEM AND BLUE BEATS AND THE BOW STREET RUNNERS CAME 1ST ...
Im trying 2 get a copy of that show READY STEADY WIN ...My sons father was the lead singer
26th July 2014 8:44am
tony flatt says...
Hi Dawn I was a member of The Rythym n bluebeats and appeared on TV on ready steady win with them.Unfortunately I do not have any recording of the show but wondered if you had managed to find anything. The other members were Drums bobby worth bass ... Read More
21st August 2015 9:04pm
Frank Renshaw says...
The group that came 2nd in ready steady win was from Stockport. The Toggery Five. Me anf Paul Young were the singers.
17th October 2016 11:23pm
Don golding says...
Hi i wondered if anyone out there has a copy of video of the show in which the dynamos came 2nd to the olympics?
20th September 2016 4:36am
Frank Renshaw says...
There are no video recordings of RSW. Redifusion owned the show and video wasn't saved. I was singer with Paul Young in the Toggery Five who came 2nd in the show. All Ready Steady Go video was bought by Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) and he has ... Read More
17th October 2016 11:32pm
Susan Martin says...
I used to go to Northwich Memorial Hall 1964 and 1965 saw Hermins Hermits, Rod Stewart etc., can anyone out there remember who else played there., and was going there during that time.
17th October 2016 7:59pm
Frank Renshaw says...
The Toggery Five from Stockport who came 2nd in RSG, winning the white van in the photo above, didn't feature on the album as we already had a recording contract with Parlophone Records.
17th October 2016 11:38pm
martha jones (stockport) says...
Hi, The Toggery five from Stockport, they use to play at the Manor Lounge & the Kingfisher if I remember rightly, Im sure the owner Reg put on coaches for anyone that wanted to go down I don't think they won are they still around Stockport ... Read More
14th August 2017 5:18am
David Turner says...
We went to the hall (on motorbikes) in 1964 to see the Animals. We got there early so went to the pub across the road. We were amazed and blown away to find them in the back room, having a pre-gig drink!
29th October 2016 6:46pm
andy grant says...
hi i have the album ready steady win ,may put it on ebay ex con, plays wonderfully,i live in kent any offers accepted
15th December 2016 10:29am
andy grant says...
hi got the lp rswin any offers ,ex con
15th December 2016 10:31am
Jacqui marsh says...
Hi. My cousin Micheal Hughes played in a group called the Thyrds.....came came runners up when the bow street runners won. I was so proud. Then about 8/10yrs ago Brian Mathews played their record on sounds of the 60/70's Smiley me all that day ... Read More
22nd April 2017 3:24am

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