Wednesday, 25 February 2015
101 Lift Off With Ayshea
First watched : 1972
I do have a vague recollection of watching this before I became interested in pop music and recognised the guest acts on it. Lift Off With Ayshea was a bit like Top Of The Pops with two or three lip-synched performances of current hits but other songs performed at the request of viewers with the catch that it would be the host who sang them. Ayshea Hague ( later Brough after marrying a record producer ) was a talented singer, dancer and actress ( also appearing regularly in U.F.O. at the time ) of mixed race parentage making her one of the few "Asian" faces on the TV in the early seventies. Before she married and after her divorce she was a gossip column regular being romantically linked with many of the show's guests and Roy Wood in particular. She recorded a string of singles herself but never managed to chalk up a hit.
It ran from 1969 before Ayshea was unceremoniously dumped in favour of the tartan terrors and re-booted as Shang-A-Lang. Ayshea decamped to the US, married CBS president Michael Levy , appeared in a couple of movies, started an interior design business and as far as Britain was concerned, faded from memory. She returned to the UK to look after her ageing mother in 2000, started another property business and has so far resisted offers to return to TV despite her ( no doubt Botox-assisted ) youthful appearance.