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Saturday 21 October 1961


Panel: Adam Faith, Alan Freeman, Helen Shapiro, Jane Asher


Producer: Johnnie Stewart


Records played:
His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley (RCA)
Heartaches – Marcels (Pye)
Fool No 1 – Brenda Lee (Brunswick)
Sewers Of The Strand – Spike Milligan (Parlophone)
Bambino – Springfields (Philips)
Tomorrow’s Clown – Marty Wilde (Philips)
My Friend The Sea – Petula Clark (Pye)
Bridge Of Love – Joe Dowell ()
Time Has Come – Adam Faith (Parlophone)
Do It Yourself – Josh MacRae (Pye)


Spin-A-Disc: Take Good Care Of My Baby, Fool No.1, His Latest Flame

From 1961 there was the innovation of the Hot Seat, where one of the artists whose records had been reviewed would be interviewed, one the first of these being Spike Milligan.  His record was Sideways Through the Sewers of the Strand, though it is hard to imagine that the discussion stayed on the subject in hand for long, given Milligan’s propensity for anarchy.  Both Helen and Jane were 15.

“If my home is anything to judge by, everything stops for Juke Box Jury and every schoolboy can name 20 pop singers, even if he remains lamentably ignorant of the name of the Prime Minister, or the advantages and disadvantages of joining the Common Market.”
The Times, “From a correspondent”

Helen Shapiro: “You had no idea what they were going to play and you heard the tracks for the first time live on air. I loved doing that. It was great fun. It was not like now when everybody slags off everybody else. We were much nicer in those days and if you didn’t care for something you said it in a nice way, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.”

Mike McCartney: “We watched Juke Box Jury religiously, especially when Jane Asher was. She was young, beautiful, had a well-cultured, Dad-admired accent and when she smiled, the set lit up. Paul and I both fancied her.”

Jane’s agent, Neil Landor: “She is vivacious, articulate, and really enjoys pop music and has very definite views on what she likes and dislikes plus the ability to express them intelligently.”

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