10 May 1975 – Series Three (34)

Vocalist Carl Stuart. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Heat 34 of the third series saw the judging debut of cabaret star Danny La Rue who joined regular panelists Tony Hatch, John Robins and Arthur Askey to score the performances of the following seven new acts;

  • Highway (four-piece group) from Liverpool
  • Martine Noone (female vocalist) from Leicester
  • Shep Woolley (vocal /guitar/ comedian) from Portsmouth
  • Melody Lane (vocal duo) from Birmingham
  • Carl Stuart (male vocalist) from Warrington
  • Derek Jones (comedian) from Bolton
  • Shaftesbury (musical trio) from Portsmouth

Comedian Derek Jones was awarded the highest marks and booked his place in the last All Winners Final of series three on 28 June 1975.

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Leicester vocalist, Martine Noone

Vocalist Carl Stuart, managed by Warrington agency Johnson & Fox (later Neil Johnson agency), who also looked after New Faces guest host Nicky Martyn, would get another chance as he appeared on the final viewer’s winners show of the series on 19 July 1975.  He continued to perform, mainly across the county of Staffordshire, for the next 20 years.

At the time of the show Shep Woolley lived on Tamworth’s Perrycrofts Estate, and had been in the Navy for the last 15 years.  He’d already decided to leave the service few weeks after the recording of the show and had plans to become a professional folk singer.  The song he chose for his three-minute spot before the panel of judges was a humorous number he first heard in New Orleans, Draft Dodger’s Rag, which he recorded as his first single.

Roy & Sonia – Melody Lane pictured in 1987. Image © The Stage Media Company

The versatile speciality act Melody Lane, excellent singers and nifty instrumentalists on clarinet and sax, are husband and wife duo Roy and Sonia.

Following their New Faces appearance they continued to perfect their act and a review of the duo in 1989 described their enthusiasm as infectious.  Now Doncaster based, the duo have been very active on the cruise circuit appearing on Fred Olsen ships as well as performing on the QE2.

Multi-instrumental performers they were well known for their Glen Miller medley which features singing, saxophone and clarinet.

Their post New Faces career is still very much active and they are scheduled to perform at a number of Warner Leisure Hotels in early 2020.

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