30 November 1974 – Series Three (11)

Comedian Kenny Bee. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The judging panel for heat eleven included Arthur Askey and Tony Hatch and the show was once again hosted by Derek Hobson.

Competing for a place in the next All Winners show were;

  • Blooblo (six-piece soul showband)
  • Jim Cleary & Davies (boy and girlfriend duo)
  • Soft Parade (group)
  • Peter Crane (vocalist)
  • Kenny Bee (comedian)
  • Sarah Grant (vocalist)
  • Maximillion (escapologist)

This heat saw joint winners with the judges unable to split Jim Cleary & Davies and Kenny Bee so both progressed to the second All Winners show on 4 January 1975.

Vocalist Peter Crane won the viewer’s vote and would appear again in a Viewer’s Winners show on 1 February 1975.

29 year-old Derby comedian Kenny Bee was a familiar sight in the clubs around the Derbyshire, Nottingham and North of England areas having started in the show business world as a singer and guitarist with the Ray McVay Orchestra at the Derby Locarno.  In 1972 he had a very successful season as a compere at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, Minehead.  In the late 1970s Kenny also served on the committee of the East Midlands Branch of Equity.

Soul Soulband from Hackney, Blooblo. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Blooblo were one of London’s East End top soul showbands. The band, from Hackney, were formed in 1972 from a combination of a Wast Indian Reggae Band and an Anglo/Australian Jazz Rock band.

Their appearance on New Faces was a career highlight which included two LP’s (the first selling 35.000 copies) and a tour of duty as support group for the Detroit Emeralds. The band’s singer. Augustus Benjamin described their music as, “All Styles. We’ve rolled a little rock with a touch of Reggae. A bit of Afro with a pinch of jazz and called it “stikki.”  Joining  Augustus Benjamin, beter known as Benny, were Danny Richard on drums, Seth Prokop playing trumpet, Ray Tickle on saxophone, Norman Todman on guitar and Mike “Oblass” Woods on bass.

In June 1975 Blooblo beat over 1,000 hopeful acts to reach the finals of the National Rock/Folk Contest where they competed against twelve other finalists in front of a judging panel that included Queen’s Brian May, disc jockey Bob Harris and Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman.

After their apperarance on the show Soft Parade secured a residency at the Traveller’s Rest, Kenton, Harrow where they supported featured shows from Frank Carson, Joe Baker, Marty Wilde and The Searchers.

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