Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go! (or RSG!) was a British rock/pop music television program broadcast every Friday evening from 9 August 1963 until 23 December 1966.

The show gained its highest ratings on 20 March 1964 when it featured the Beatles being interviewed and performing “It Won’t Be Long”, “You Can’t Do That” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

The best known presenters were Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, though early shows were introduced by Dusty Springfield. The show was occasionally presented by David Gell and Michael Aldred. Both McGowan and Aldred joined after answering an advertisement for “a typical teenager” as adviser. They found themselves presenting the show, and McGowan’s status as a fan was evident in her style; stumbling over lines and losing her cool, her inexperience made her more rather than less popular, and by the end she was presenting alone. She also joined in fun and games, including miming with the Rolling Stones to other people’s records, including “I Got You Babe”.

RSG featured most successful artists of the era, among them the Who, the Beatles, the Hollies, the Merseybeats, the Zombies, Dusty Springfield, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Walker Brothers, the Kinks, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Fourmost, the Rolling Stones, Donovan, the Fortunes, Helen Shapiro, P.J. Proby, Otis Redding, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Dave Clark Five, Bobby Vee, the Animals, Cilla Black, Gulliver’s People, the Searchers, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Billy Fury, Lulu, Marvin Gaye, Gene Pitney and the Beach Boys, Sandie Shaw, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Simon, Kenny Lynch, the Small Faces, the Shirelles, James Brown & the Famous Flames, the Yardbirds, Them, Jim Reeves and the Four Pennies. [source: Wikipedia]