5 April 1975 – Series Three (29)

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Vocalist Jeri Benton. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Mickie Most and Tony Hatch are the only two judging panel members listed for this show, it therefore remains a mystery who the other two judges were.

The seven acts were;

  • Freddy Anthony (pianist)
  • Mitch T Mitchell (singer / pianist)
  • Rabbit (five-piece comedy showgroup)
  • Jeri Benton (female vocalist)
  • George Burnett and the Tropicals (musical group)
  • Trevor Wallis (comedian)
  • Lew Lewis (comedian)

After the scores from the panel of four were totalled they revealed the winner of the show was Freddy Anthony, who would be seen again in the fourth All Winners show on 3 May 1975. Freddy later released the single Emmanuelle in 1976 and the album Above The Clouds in 1977 both on the Pye label.

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Singer and pianist Mitch T. Mitchell. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Pianist Mitch T. Mitchell, from East Boldon near Sunderland, had previously toured Scandinavia back in 1970 and had also settled in San Francisco for a residential spell before the US selective service system, operated by the Draft Board, wanted to involve him in their Vietnam problems which forced him to return home to become one of the busiest balladeers in clubland.

Mitch’s club act normally featured guitar, auto-harp and piano in his 40-minute routines and he also achieved a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) and Trinity’s Licentiate (LTCL) music performance diplomas.

Rabbit were four lads and a young lady who provided a slick musical comedy routine with plenty of originality.

Jeri Benton had already been entertaining for over a decade when she appeared on New Faces and had appeared in cabaret at London’s Astor Club. In 1968 Jeri was nominated as one of the top twenty acts of the previous year by The Stage’s James Towler. She was in good company alongside other acts like The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Lionel Blair and his Dancers, Josef Locke, Bob Monkhouse and ‘Whistling’ Jack Smith.

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