If Jack Good had by no means existed, it’s unlikely that anybody would have had the temerity to make him up. The completely British, Oxford-educated TV and music producer and actor was by no means a part of the rock‘n’roll way of life, however the style would by no means have fairly been the identical with out him.
Good’s demise on September 24, 2017 on the age of 86, after issues from a fall, robbed us of a real authentic. By no means knowingly unopinionated and endlessly ingenious, he was instrumental in no fewer than three touchstone stay efficiency sequence that have been landmarks in each music and tv: Britain’s Six 5 Particular and Oh Boy! and America’s Shindig!
A pair jive on the set of ‘Six 5 Particular.’ Picture: Richi Howell/Redferns
His fast emergence after his time as a BBC trainee led him in 1957 to Six 5 Particular, with which the Company dipped its toe into the by-now simple world of rock’n’roll. His was the revolutionary thought (years earlier than Prime Of The Pops and Prepared Regular Go!) of filling the TV studio with youngsters dancing to the performers, who included such British favourites as Lonnie Donegan, Jim Dale, and Petula Clark.
Refusing to fulfill the BBC’s calls for for non-music content material within the present, Good walked away from its reported audiences of 12 million and joined the industrial TV firm ABC to create 1958’s continuous music present Oh Boy! Cliff Richard was a fixture on the sequence, as have been Marty Wilde and different early British rockers.
Advisor, musician, producer
Good adopted with such sequence as Boy Meets Lady and Wham!, and was behind the thought to vary Gene Vincent’s picture to the enduring black leather-based look he turned recognized for. As a musician, he performed with Lord Rockingham’s XI, of “Hoots Mon!” fame, and as a document producer, he was on the desk for Billy Fury’s hugely-respected 1960 LP The Sound of Fury.
Within the Nineteen Sixties, Good wrote document evaluations for music publications and adopted his appearing bent to seem in such sequence as Hogan’s Heroes and, later, The Monkees, and the Elvis Presley film Clambake. However by then he had repeated his British achievements by establishing the American pop TV sequence Shindig!, which ran for 2 sequence in 1964-65 and showcased such artists as Sam Cooke, the Seaside Boys, Bo Diddley, Sonny and Cher, and Jackie Wilson.
Producing Jerry Lee and P.J.
Good’s astoundingly different resumé additionally included notable achievements in musical theater, resembling Catch My Soul, the rock model of Shakespeare’s Othello. The unique US staging dramatically solid Jerry Lee Lewis within the position of Iago, whereas the British model featured P.J. Proby and P.P. Arnold amongst others. A movie was fabricated from it in 1974.
Good additionally conceived and directed the profitable 1977 jukebox musical about Presley’s life, Elvis — The Musical. It introduced Welsh rocker Shakin’ Stevens to a London viewers and led to the document deal that helped him grow to be the UK’s most profitable singles artist of the Eighties. The favored 1992 musical Good Rockin’ Tonight was loosely primarily based on the impresario’s life. In later years, Good turned a Roman Catholic and devoted his time to portray icons, residing in New Mexico earlier than returning to Oxfordshire, the place he handed away.
All the time positive of his opinions and unafraid to go towards the grain, he gave Disc & Music Echo the advantage of his views on the tv scene of 1968, a decade after he had helped revolutionize it. “There’s expertise in Britain that simply isn’t being projected in the fitting approach,” he stated.
“Except an adventurous producer takes a programme into his personal palms and actually lets rip I can’t see something than for issues to simply preserve getting worse and worse,” Good went on. “TV pop exhibits are geared completely to the document trade, and the document trade is geared to itself, which suggests breeding weaklings.”
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