While the three lead singers, Tony Mercer, John Boulter and Dai Francis, would be in the theatrical version of the show and also in the BBC TV version, both the chorus singers and dancers would be different groups in the theatre and on BBC TV. Since George Mitchell was completely tied up with the television version, he hired Harry Currie to be the chorus master to prepare the Victoria Palace minstrel singers.
In Groups: The George Mitchell Minstrels. Marketplace 635 For Sale. The George Mitchell Minstrels featuring Tony Mercer & John Boulter & Dai Francis - Special Requests From The Black And White Minstrel Show (EP).
Best of The Minstrels Medleys. The Black & White Minstrels Featuring Tony Mercer & John Boulter & Dai Francis: Best songs. Dai Francis, John Boulter, The Black, The Black & White Minstrels Featuring Tony Mercer & John Boulter & Dai Francis, White Minstrels, Ирвинг Берлин - Grand Finale Best of The Minstrels Medleys, 2010 02:48.
It began as a one-off special in 1957 called The 1957 Television Minstrels featuring the male Mitchell Minstrels (after George Mitchell, the musical director) and the female Television Toppers dancers. It was popular and soon developed into a regular 45-minute show on Saturday evening prime time television, featuring a sing-along format with both solo and minstrel pieces (often with extended segueing), some country and western and music derived from other foreign folk cultures. The Minstrels' main soloists were baritone Dai Francis, tenor John Boulter, and bass Tony Mercer. During the nine years that the show was broadcast in black and white, the blackface makeup was actually red as black did not film very well. This continued every year until 1992, when a final tour of three Butlins resorts (Minehead, Bognor Regis, and Barry Island) saw the last official Black and White Minstrel Show on stage.