18 May 1974 – Series Two (7)

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Vocal and guitar duo, Pip & Dixie. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Heat seven of the second series saw regular judges Tony Hatch, John Smith and Clifford Davis joined by journalist and agony aunt, Marjorie Proops. They were entertained by the following seven acts;

  • Roy Green (comedian)
  • Sheila Sexton (comedienne)
  • Pip & Dixie (vocal/guitar duo)
  • Dorothy Copeland (vocalist)
  • Wellington Boothe (comedy vocalist)
  • The Amazing Bavarian Stompers (Bavarian showband)
  • Jeffrey Hooper (vocal guitar)

Before appearing on New Faces, Soprano singer Dorothy Copeland performed many shows with the West London Opera Company. She appeared in Mozart’s “II Seraglio”, “Cozi Fan Tutte” and ‘The Marriage of Figaro” as well as Verdi’s “Nabucco” and has also performed the work of Rossini and Strauss.

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Comedy performer Sheila Sexton. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Manchester comic Sheila Sexton was a riot, her earthy comedy had the audience in stitches, and her “out of tune” singing was one long roar of laughter. Sheila was inundated with offers of work all over the country following her New Faces appearance and could have been a huge star. Instead she put family life first and chose to entertain in her leisure time. When she did perform she changed her act as often as possible and it was reported that she never repeated her routines and was an expert ad-libber.

Hailing from Halifax in Yorkshire The Amazing Bavarian Stompers’ performance on the show prompted panel judge Clifford Davis to comment their act had left him “completely exhausted.” Their robust music on electric accordion, trombone, sousaphone and drums was a hit of oompah proportions as they claimed the runners-up spot.

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Wellington Boothe, New Faces performance 18 May 1974. Image: Kaleidoscope Archive (Facebook Group)

In a change to the published TV listings for this heat, which listed the singer D.J. Pope, the comedy vocalist Wellington Boothe appeared instead. Wellington Boothe was the stagename of Mike Amatt who had previously performed with Shane Fenton (later to be Alvin Stardust) in the late 1960s, before going solo and making this appearance on New Faces. After his appearance he became a successful international solo artist which included regular contracts to perform in Sun City, South Africa.

On his return to the UK Mike Amatt wrote, presented and composed the music for his own children’s BBC TV series Mop and Smiff and he later went on to present Playschool and Forget-Me-Not-Farm.  Mike also wrote the performed the theme tune to BBC TV series Jossy’s Giants. In 2012 Mike briefly joined Herman’s Hermits and one year later reinvented Wellington Boothe and looked to secure some bookings on cruise ships as a multi-instrumentalist.

The heat winner, with a record number of points, was the fifteen year old singing schoolboy from Llantrisant, Jeffrey Hooper, who had only started singing ballads 18 months before his New Faces appearance. His win lead to a week long appearance at the London Palladium.

2 thoughts on “18 May 1974 – Series Two (7)

  1. Hi, I’m Jeff Hooper and I did win New Faces in 1974. I’ve just been back in contact with Wellington Boothe who was also on the show with me. Happy days! I’ve been a professional singer ever since and still enjoy every minute of it.

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