JACK Good, who has died age 86, was the 'Robespierre of the Rock and Roll revolution' and made stars out of Cliff Richard and Billy Fury.

Mr Good produced some of the first TV music shows, such as Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! in the 1950s and 60s.

He took his concept to Hollywood with Shindig and attracted an array of stars including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye.

Jack Good was born in Greenford, London, on August 7, 1931 to parents Amy and Bob Good, a piano salesman based in Bond Street.

He grew up in Palmers Green, north London and went to Trinity County Grammar School in Wood Green but his early love was for the theatre and he directed school productions of Twelfth Night and Othello.

When he left school and after National Service with the RAF, he came to Oxford to study English Literature at Balliol College in 1952.

He became president of the Oxford University Drama Society and directed an open-air production of the Taming of the Shrew in the city.

After graduating he moved to London and briefly appeared on the West End in a comedy double act.

He would later marry Margit Tischer, a German student he met while living at Toynbee Hall in east London.

She was working as a cook and he was one of a group of Oxford and Cambridge students carrying out social work.

As they prepared for a family Mr Good exited the stage career he had begun to forge and took a job as a trainee producer at the BBC.

The couple would had four children, Alexander, Gabriella, Bunky (Daniella) and Andrea.

In 1957, he persuaded the corporation to run a Saturday night pop music show called Six-Five Special and then filled the studio floor with young listeners - a precursor to Top of the Pops.

He moved to ITV and launched Oh Boy, which allowed him to focus mainly on 'Rock 'n' Roll'.

It went up against Six-Five Special in the ratings but was a hit and made stars out of Cliff Richard and Billy Fury.

In 1964, he took his concept to American Broadcasting Company with Shindig, which launched in 1964 and ran for almost 18 months before Good fell out with ABC executives and walked out - the show was unsuccessful without him.

In the same year, having moved to New York, he produced a one-off film Around the Beatles.

He returned to the theatre to produce a musical about Elvis, Catch My Soul, a musical adaptation of Othello that starred Jerry Lee Lewis and, later, PJ Proby, and Good Rockin’ Tonite, another musical based loosely on his own life.

For many years the somewhat eccentric Good lived in the desert near Albuquerque, New Mexico where he talked about becoming a priest and dressed in monkish robes.

He returned to the UK in 2001 and spent his final years living with Alexander at a farmhouse in Upper Tadmarton near Banbury.

He died on September 24 and, predeceased by his daughter Bunky (Daniella), he is survived by his other three children and ten grandchildren.