I'm not in love with the radio
I'm not in love with the Kings Road
Because I'm in love with Cathy McGowan"
-"Ready Steady Go" by Generation X
READY ! STEADY ! GO!
Without going into an insane history of one of the coolest British 60's music TV shows (well after "The Beat Room") to ever air let's suffice to say that Great Britain's "Ready Steady Go" was legendary. Sadly the extremely cheap I.T.V. "wiped" most of the tapes of the episodes to re-use them (how cheap!). Very few episodes exist. The remaining ones are in the legal possession of Dave Clark (of The Dave Clark Five fame). Most of these appeared on VHS tapes in the 80's and in 1989 in the U.S. the Disney Channel broadcast every scrap of footage in Clark's collection (including the all of Motown episode and the Otis Redding episode). Over the past few years select dodgy quality footage has surfaced on YouTube of other acts that were not seen , The McKinleys and Tony Jackson & the Vibrations to name but a few (see below). Everyone has seen the brilliant still photos of the likes of The Zombies, The Action, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Yardbirds etc on the show. Sadly no footage of these acts has as of yet surfaced. I've compiled a list of bands who made known appearances on the show but that have not had any legally released footage. This has been verified by either photographic proof or listings in musical weeklies from the era announcing their appearance. It is in no particular order:
The Kinks, The Small Faces, The McKinleys, Sylvie Vartan, Tony Jackson & The Vibrations, The Action, The Sorrows, David Bowie and The Buzz, Sandie Shaw, Paul & Barry Ryan, The Walker Brothers, Francoise Hardy, The Graham Bond Organization, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Downliners Sect, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Sonny & Cher, The Young Rascals, Marianne Faithful, The Big Three, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich, The Move, The Troggs, The Zombies, The Hollies, The Dave Clark Five, The Roulettes, The Merseybeats, Donovan, Herman's Hermits, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Creation, Dave Berry, The Pretty Things, Peter & Gordon, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, The Zephyrs, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, The Bo Street Runners, Rod Stewart, The Alan Price Set, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, The Preachers, Herbie Goins & The Nightimers, Neil Christian, Rick & Sandy,
The Creation on "R.S.G." 1966
Marc Bolan, The Shotgun Express, The Merseys, Paul Jones, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Cat Stevens, The Mindbenders, Spencer Davis Group, The Game, Jonathan King, Jackie Trent, Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, Ike & Tina Turner, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Plebs, The Jynx, A Band of Angels, Los Bravos, The Fortunes, Lee Dorsey, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, The Redcaps, The Artwoods, James Brown, The Herd, The Tremeloes, The Untamed, Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band, The Thoughts, The Knack, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Unit 4 + 2, The Applejacks, The Honeycombs, The Uglys, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, The Mockingbirds, The Falling Leaves, Sam & Dave, Petula Clark, The Riot Squad, Inez & Charlie Fox, John Lee Hooker, Wayne Fontana, The Easybeats.
And how's this for some sh*t?! Tony Jackson & the Vibrations
performing "You Beat Me To The Punch", long lost till now!
And here's one more treat (the embedding was removed but here's the link), some "lost" footage of The McKinley's doing "Sweet And Tender Romance" (a record that features Jimmy "Buy-My-Ridiculously -Expensive-Book" Page on guitar):