22 Jun 1974 – Series Two (11)

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Comedian Johnny Carroll. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Regular viewers of New Faces had to wait two weeks between heat ten and heat eleven of the second series because ATV’s live coverage of Poland’s 3-2 victory over Argentina in the 1974 World Cup Group Four match replaced the show the previous week.

For the second show in a row the judging panel featured Tony Hatch, Clifford Davis, Mickie Most and Arthur Askey who reviewed another seven new to TV acts;

  • Johnny Carroll (comedian)
  • Jenny Maynard (vocal/impressions)
  • Terry St. Clair (vocal/guitar)
  • Chris Smith (ventriloquist)
  • Glentones (18 piece band)
  • Matie Montana (vocal /piano)
  • Les Saxon (vocalist)

The ATV documentary, “After All I’ve Been Through”, which was broadcast on Monday 12 August 1974, briefly featured the winning act from heat eleven, which was comedian Johnny Carroll.

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Terry St. Clair sang one of his own songs.  Image: You Tube

Terry St. Clair, vocalist from Hinckley in Leicestershire, performed one of his own compositions a song titled So Many Empty Mornings. Mickie Most liked Terry’s voice but was not so impressed with his guitar playing which he described as ‘not very inspired’ and he was also ‘not very crazy about the song.’  Host Derek Hobson suggested he had ‘echoes of Ralph McTell’ about him.  Terry scored 30 for presentation, 26 for content and 31 for star quality giving him a total of 87, which wasn’t enough to beat Johnny Carroll.

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Impressionist Jenny Maynard. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

30-year-old singer and impressionist, Jenny Maynard, from London was trained at the Arts Educational School. She release two singles in the late 1960s before touring Australia back in mid-1970. She returned to the UK to appear on the BBC1 new talent show, Ace of Clubs, presented by Michael Aspel, and recorded at Margate Winter Gardens in late 1970.

Her act featured impressions of artists ranging from Shirley Bassey to Sandie Shaw and saw he finish runner -up with 70 points behind tenor Peter Firmani who scored a huge 89 points. On the back of the result on Ace of Clubs, Jenny was signed to appear on Dutch television, by a watching Dick van t’Sant of NCRV-TV. He was so impressed with the act that he made arrangements to book her on the spot.

For the pantomime season of 1971/2 Jenny appeared in “Cinderella” at the Sunderland Empire show which became the longest-running pantomime in the history of that theatre, when it was extended by two weeks.

In early 1972 Jenny made another TV appearance on London Weekend Television’s “Who Do You Do?” which starred Freddie Starr and Peter Goodwright.

Making use of wigs to impersonate her subjects, her act featured artists such as Cilla Black, Esther Ofarim, Dusty Springfield, Julie Andrews, Fanny Craddock. Vera Lynn, Marlene Dietrich, Eartha Kitt, Petula Clark and Mary Hopkin. In later years (1979) she had introduced a Margaret Thatcher impersonation to her act too.

Twelve months before his appearance on New Faces ventriloquist Chris Smith was seen performing at Amersham Common WI’s 24th birthday party in their village hall. Six months later he was on the bill at The Buckingham Club with his Educated Duck.

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