When I was about seven my pop star of choice was Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers. His face was plastered over my walls, my pocket money was spent on the group's singles and I think it is fair to say that I was quite obsessed with him. As well as having incredible looks he also had that deep tuneful voice - even parents liked the sound that this trio made.
Now my dad was in the music biz and one day announced that he had tickets for us (us being my mum and me) to go and see the Walkers (and other groups) at the recording of the programme Ready Steady Go.
Oh I was so excited and when the afternoon came we duly trooped up to Holborn where the recording studios were. We queued up to go in - lots of teenagers around, I think I must have been the youngest person there. We showed our tickets to the door people, got ourselves a seat - which was quite easy as most of the older kids were there to dance around in the spotlight - and we sat through probably quite a few famous groups of the day but I can't recall who they were. The moment was drawing nearer for the top of the bill to come on, Scott Scott - I can nearly see you - when Cathy McGowan walked to the middle of the stage and said that unfortunately the Walkers were unable to appear. Lots of groaning from all around and I have to confess to bursting into inconsolable tears. I was so upset and the fact that Paul Jones singing High Time was on instead (I quite liked him as well) was not going to stop me feeling that it was the worst moment of my life.
We crept out my mum and I whilst Paul was singing and went for ice cream sundaes which seemed to have magical properties because things didn't seem so bad by then. My dad found out later that the Walker Brothers had been unable to perform because they were too out of it on something or other and had more or less flaked out in their dressing room. It didn't put me off their music (or indulging in 'something or other' when I was a bit older) and I still think that Scott Engel (to use his real name) is one of the best singers of our age.
Who was your first childhood celebrity crush?