Six O'Clock Rock

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Six O'Clock Rock
SixOClockRock OpeningTitle 2.jpg
Created by David Porter, Peter Page
Starring Johnny O'Keefe
Country of origin Australia
Original network ABC
Original release 1959 – 1962

Six O'Clock Rock was an Australian Rock and Roll television show which showed on ABC from 28 February 1959 to 1962 and was broadcast at 6PM on Saturday evenings.

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Inspired by the BBC program 6.5 Special, it had a similar format to its rival on the TCN9 network, Bandstand compered by Brian Henderson. This was ABC-TV's very first youth oriented music program, long before the start of Countdown.

The show initially opened with American girl Ricki Merriman as compère and Johnny O'Keefe and his band the The Dee Jays as guests. After six shows O'Keefe had taken over the hosting role. The show usually opened with O'Keefe singing "Weeeeeell, come on everybody it's 6 o'clock huh huh huh".

The first episode also featured Reg Lindsay, The Australian All-Stars, The Graduates, Terry King and Johnny Ball. The dancers in the opening title sequence were Lee Nielson and Milton Mitchell.

Many entertainers got their first big exposure on 6 O'Clock Rock and these included Lonnie Lee, Barry Stanton and Warren Williams. The show was produced by Peter Page.

The show originally contained a mixture of Rock and Roll and Jazz, but O'Keefe wanted the show to be all Rock and Roll, hence the title, so the Jazz content dwindled for a time.

O'Keefe left the show in 1961 to move to ATN-7 to compère the more elaborately produced Johnny O'Keefe Show. These later shows were compered by Tanya Haynesworth & Chet Clark, as seen in an existing 1961 edition. 6 O'Clock Rock closed in 1962 after having moved to a 'softer' format with O'Keefe's departure, suffering from greater competition from O'Keefe's new show on 7 and Bandstand on 9.

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