Saturday 23 January 1960, 6-6.30pm
Chairman: David Jacobs
Panel: Catherine Boyle, Patricia Bredin, Alan Freeman, Cyril Shack
Lucky Devil – Frank Ifield (Columbia) — Shack says US version was a hit but David Jacobs says, it only got to no. 57
Teardrop – Santo and Johnny (Parlophone) Hawaiian guitars, Bredin Did I hear strings. DJ: It was all strings. Bredin: I don’t call a banjo strings.
It’s Time To Cry – Paul Anka (Columbia) voted a miss. Only Shack and DJ positive
Riders in The Sky – Kay Starr (Capitol)
Son of a Gun – Sanford Clark (London) voted a miss. All hate it. Cyril Shack: The record company waste their time in releasing things like this.
My Mother’s Eyes – Nellie Lutcher (Capitol)
Poor Me – Adam Faith (Parlophone) voted a hit. All liked it and Adam behind screen. Alan Freeman: This is John Barry’s hit, not Adam Faith’s – audience boos.
I Don’t Regret A Thing – Chris Martin (HMV)
Teenage panel replaced by South African DJ Barry O’Donoghue.
Worst-ever ‘Juke Box Jury’ panellist, Patricia Bredin last Saturday – NME’s Alley Cat, 29 January 1960. Shack’s only appearance, a leading juke box operator.
Catherine (Katie) Boyle was a TV announcer and presenter who famously hosted early editions of the Eurovision Song Contest; Patricia Bredin an actress; Alan Freeman a DJ (assuming this was not Alan Freeman the Decca Records executive); Cyril Shant, who with Gordon Marks, had founded the Phonographic Equipment Company in 1958. It specialized in Juke Boxes!
Around this time competing with ITV documentary, The Sea War.