4 Jan 1975 – Series Three (16) – All Winners Final 2

The first show of 1975 and the second all winners show of series three saw seven acts that emerged as winners over the previous weeks return to compete for a place in the Grand Final at the London Palladium at the end of July 1975.

As with the previous all winners show Nicky Martyn took over the compare role from Derek Hobson, who joined the judging panel.  The regular host was joined by Mickie Most, Tony Hatch and John Smith to complete the four man panel.

Liverpool comedian Billy Moocho. Image: With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.

The returning acts were;

The winner of the second all winners programme, by a clear 24 points from her nearest rivals, was funny lady Marti Caine.  She became the second act to secure a place in the July Grand Final alongside the winner of the first all winners show, impressionist Tony Maiden.

The comedy song & dance duo, Paul & Barry Harman, winners of show 3.12 were scheduled to appear on this show but they were already committed to appear in the Cinderella pantomime at the Pavilion in Bournemouth so they were unable to attend the studio recording. The pantomime also starred New Faces judge Arthur Askey and entertainer Dickie Henderson. Because of their unavailability the duo’s second appearance was deferred until the next All Winners Show (show 3.25) on 8 March 1975.

Marti kept herself busy between victory on the winners show and the Grand Final with a tour of the UK clubs, a record deal with Pye records working with producer Alan A. Freeeman and she was also signed up for a new ATV Summer Shows alongside a number of other New Faces discoveries which would air just before the Grand Final.  Joining her on the ATV show were series two winner Aidan J. Harvey, Dudley commedian Lenny Henry, series one finalist Charlie James, guest compere and comedian Nicky Martyn and comedy singer Victoria Wood with host of the first ever New Faces show Leslie Crowther introducing the acts.

Twelve months after appearing on the show Liverpool comic Billy Moocho turned fiction into reality when he and three fellow comics gave their voices to Scottie Road. Billy joined forces with Micky Finn, Steve Faye and Joey Kaye and with music by The Hillsiders they recorded Down Old Scottie Road under the name of the cartoon group Scottie Road.  Scottie Road was a comic strip in the Liverpool Echo newspaper that followed the lives of four young men who decide to form a group to try to make a name for themselves in the world of entertainment.

Scottie Road – 3 December 1975 – Liverpool Echo. Image: Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.

Following their appearance vocal duo Lee and Marie Grant were signed by Robert Luff and Louis Benjamin to appear in the ‘New Faces’ 1975 summer show at Morecombe’s Winter Gardens.  Joining Lee and Marie on the bill were other former New Faces contestants comedian Johnny Stafford, impressionist and winner of the first all winners show of series three Tony Maiden, singer Geoff Taylor and musical group Scarlet Jade. They continued to prove promotional power of the New Faces series well into the late seventies as they were still being billed as ‘from New Faces All Winners show’ in some clubland listings.

Thanks: Paul Chuckle (Paul Harman) for clearing up the confusion over their All Winners Show appearance.

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