If you thought ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britains Got Talent’ were a new idea in TV entertainment, you are overlooking what was going on in the 1970s. In 1972 there was a great TV show called ‘Opportunity Knocks’. Presented by Hughie Green, it showcased talent acts of all descriptions including singers, comedians and various other performances. The public would vote for their favourite act, which would return the following week. I don’t even remember how you voted, but have a strange feeling you actually had to write in!
I loved this show, and remember one act in particular that beat off all opposition for several weeks. It was Bobby Crush, a very flamboyant piano player. Think Liberace, and you aren’t far off the mark, Bobby loved his lacy shirt fronts. I imagined his shirts and suits to be brightly coloured, but at that time we still only had black and white television, so I’ll never know for sure.
In 1972 I was big on autograph collecting, and wrote to the show asking for Bobby’s autograph. I was so pleased with it, I kept it and still have it today stuck into my book:
I just checked what he is up to these days, and found he’s still going strong with his piano playing career over 40 years on! He has a website now and can be found at www.bobbycrush.com where there are more great photos of him in the 1970s.