One of my first ‘Crushes’

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:

Bobby Crush 1972I 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 where there are more great photos of him in the 1970s.

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Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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5 Responses to One of my first ‘Crushes’

  1. How fun! There were local TV talent shows in the 50’s where/when I grew up! 🙂

  2. colonialist says:

    *sob, snifffle, weep, wail* There was no such thing as TV when I grew up and way beyond! (The politicians in power thought it was an instrument of the Devil. Who knows, maybe they were right!)
    We, and particularly my wife, are avid diggers-up of dead relatives.

    • Life without TV – now there’s a thought. Life (or my life anyway) would be so different if I didn’t have a TV. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment introducing yourselves – best regards to you and your wife.

  3. gpcox says:

    A real cutie besides talented.

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