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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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
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 Jacqui
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!