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
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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
andy grant says...
hi got the lp rswin any offers ,ex con
15th December 2016 10:31am
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
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
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