Ready Steady Go! - New Years Eve Specials

RSG was broadcast from August 1963 until December 1966. Produced by Associated-Rediffusion the show was eventually networked nationally. The show was recorded at small studios in Rediffusion's headquarters in Kingsway, London.

There were three New Year Specials altogether and my drum kit appears to have taken part in them all. You would expect that if The Dave Clark Five were on a show DC would expect to be seen with his Red Sparkle Rogers drum kit as it was something of a trademark for him. As the RSG! studio was compact, and there were a number of bands on, it looks like the drummers had to share the same kit.

Working backwards from New Years Eve 1965  guests on the show were as follows.

 

RSG! THE NEW YEAR STARTS HERE! 31/12/65
London, Television House, Kingsway. 
ITV network from 10:52 pm until midnight (or until close-down).
Introduced by Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan
Guests:
The Dave Clark Five – “Reelin' & Rockin”.
The Animals
The Who - "I Can't Explain." and “My Generation”.
The Kinks – “Well Respected Man”.
The Rolling Stones - "Satisfaction" & "Get Off Of My Cloud."
The Searchers - "Take Me For What I'm Worth."
Dusty Springfield
Chris Andrews - "Girl Don't Come."
Tom Jones - "Chills And Fever."
Lulu - "Shout."
Dave Berry
Kenny Lynch
Also guesting, but not credited, Alfie Bass and Bill Fraser (Bootsie and Snudge) miming to The Righteous Brothers hit single "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"

 

The Dave Clark Five

The Who

The site below tells the story of Keith Moon borrowing the drums and that the above photo is from a rehearsal.

http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/drums/drumsborrowed.html#sdec1965dc5

The photo above was taken in reheasal which is why Keith Moon has not covered over the front of the bass drum. Notice also that the letters "G" and "O" in the background have yet to be filled in as they appeared on the show, and "Happy New Year" is missing from the background.
 
 
The Searchers
 
 

The Rolling Stones

The following photos would all appear to be from rehearsals as will be shown later. Various of the Unique features of the kit can be seen in the photos.

I wrote to him asking if he had any more photos from that show. The guy is a gem, he just sent me the three photos below, no charge – top bloke! (I did make the point that I wasn’t after photographic art, I was just interested in the drum kit and these photos are each quirky in their own way, but great for my purposes.)

Notice here someone’s jacket draped over the drum kit. The cardboard bass drum logo is falling forward.

Nice shot here that shows the mounting of the toms and the non-Rogers chrome-headed bolts on the bass drum.

Lenny Davidson’s guitar on top of Mike Smith’s keyboard.

 

Front page of the following week's NME shows photos from the show. Notice Mick is wearing a white shirt for the actual show.

 

 

 
The Animals
 
The Kinks
The Kinks clearly appeared on this episode, so it seems very likley that they used the drum kit as well, but as yet I haven't found a photo.

RSG! The New Year Starts Here! 31/12/64
London, Television House, Kingsway. 
Interviews with members of The Stones 

Mick Jagger demonstrates a new dancing style. 

Guests: 
The Rolling Stones
The Animals
The Dave Clark Five 
The Kinks 
Manfred Mann 
Freddie and the Dreamers 

Susan Maughan 
Sandie Shaw 
Dusty Springfield
Kenny Lynch

The Dave Clark Five

I haven't found a photo yet.

The Animals
Manfred Mann
Freddie and The Dreamers
 

Ready Steady Go! 31st  December 1963
London, Television House, Kingsway. 
The Beatles (on tape, from their 4 October 1963 RSG appearance)


Guests: 
The Dave Clark Five
The Fourmost
The Roulettes
The Searchers

Ray Martine
Tommy Quickly
Mike Sarne
Kirby Kirby
Adam Faith
Cilla Black
Mark Wynter
Kenny Lynch

The Dave Clark Five

On stage are Alan Freeman, Patrick Kerr (presenter), Kenny Lynch (guest) and setting up the drums it looks like DC.

Then the show itself. DC still has one cymbal.

The DC5 appear on RSG on these dates

1964
21st Feb – Bits & Pieces
15th May – Cann’t You See That She’s Mine
12th June – Cann’t You See That She’s Mine
9th October
23rd October – Anyway You Want It
31st December

1965
22nd January – Everybody Knows
26th February – Reelin’ & Rockin’
19th March - Reelin’ & Rockin’
14th May – Come Home
9th July – Catch Us If You Can
29th October – Over and Over
31st December