Adam Faith, Acker Bilk, Matt Monro et al: Beat Show, Royal Albert Hall, London

Bad Manners At Beat Show

I SAY that a small minority of the audience at the second BBC Beat Show put on the worst display of ill-manners since last year’s Beaulieu Jazz Festival fiasco.

At one time there seemed a danger of the proceedings being stopped altogether as the stage at the Royal Albert Hall was full of squealing girls all trying to get to grips with Adam Faith.

And Adam at the time was doing his best to entertain the 8,000-strong crowd.

It was Adam’s second half appearance that started it all. Scores of his teenage fans — all girls — began the advance on the stage from all parts of the hall.

A few — despite gallant attempts at defence by Bob Millar’s group — managed the breakthrough.

All Adam’s songs suffered interruptions… one drastically as Adam was pulled over by an energetic fan and rolled over the stage among the flowers.

Adam tackled the solitary fans with grace but the final concerted attack upon him was too much. He was completely swallowed up.

The pity of it was that Adam was singing extremely well.

ACKER’S BOWLER STOLEN

The arrival of Mr. Acker Bilk on stage gave rise to prolonged foot stamping on the part of his fans.

And during his solo he was interrupted by a teenager rushing on to the platform, stealing his bowler hat, before being chased off by attendants.

Matt Monro managed to overcome this kind of opposition and came down the aisle opposite the stage singing his latest hit, ‘My Kind Of Girl’.

But the worst casualty of the evening was neither Acker nor Adam. It was Maureen Evans, whose second song was spoiled by this rowdy minority who persisted in chanting over and over again for Adam.

Thankfully the entire proceedings were not spoiled by this persistent barracking by tolerant fans. Bob Miller and his Millermen, Carole Simpson and Bert Weedon and the Raindrops all went down well with the crowd who then seemed to get impatient.

The trad jazz contingent more than held their own against the big beat opposition, with Kenny Ball proving just how popular he is, commercially, mainly due to his Easy Beat appearances. Vocalist Clinton Ford made his usual and potent excursions into the world of long ago with ‘Goodbye Dolly Gray’, complete with pith helmet. He ended surprisingly by eating a stage tulip!

But those fans!

© Norman JoplingRecord Mirror, 29 April 1961

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