Good was born in Greenford, London. He joined the BBC on the magazine-format show Six-Five Special. He wanted music and a lot of movement. To get his way, Good had sets built, but shortly before the show started, they were wheeled out of the way, and he filled the space with the milling audience and performers. Television then was live, so once the programme started, Good kept it all as impromptu as possible. The running order was sketched out on Friday morning, then the only complete run-through happened immediately before transmission. The show launched the hand jive and Good even wrote an instruction book, Hand Jive at Six-Five. None of the Six-Five Special productions shows was recorded (see Wiping), but a low-budget film based on the show survives.
Although Good had given the BBC a show that was attracting 12 million viewers, he was being paid only £18 a week. He left for independent television and launched Oh Boy! in June 1958 for the ITV franchise holder Associated British Corporation (ABC). After trial broadcasts in the Midlands, it went national, in direct competition with Six-Five Special on Saturday evenings. Six-Five Special stuck to its mix of rock, jazz, skiffle and crooners, but Good was in his rock ‘n’ roll element with Oh Boy! The programmes were broadcast from the Hackney Empire, London, and made a star of Cliff Richard, as well as showcasing Billy Fury in several editions. Oh Boy! was non-stop rock and roll. Each show was 26 minutes, and no song lasted more than a minute. When ITV replaced the show on 12 September 1959 with Boy Meets Girls, people wondered whether Good had lost his touch. He later claimed his wife persuaded him that rock ‘n’ roll was on the way out and to adopt a more middle of the road approach.
In the early 1960s, he wrote a column for Disc, a weekly UK pop magazine. He has appeared on numerous TV shows such as The Monkees plus Hogan’s Heroes and produced the rarely seen television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee starring the Monkees.
He was a musical theatrical producer creating productions such as Good Rockin’ Tonite. Oh Boy!, Elvis the Musical and Catch My Soul, which was also made into a film of the same name, released in 1974. He had a cameo appearance as an uptight naval officer in the comedy film Father Goose (1966).
Good died from complications of a fall in Oxfordshire on 24 September 2017, at the age of 86
Alex Kerr was a close friend of Jack and invited him to the studio back in 2008 for a chat about his life. Alex did this not to get money but to share Jack’s story and maybe someday raise some funds for a charity like the Talking Newspaper for the blind. Alex still hold the full copyright in this exclusive interview but is happy to sell it for Charity. Only here on Johnstone sound.