Saturday 13 January 1962
Panel: Shirley Bassey, Susan Castle, Kenneth Hume, Ross Parker
Producer: Harry Carlisle
Norman – Carol Deene (HMV) MISS
Susan Castle was a model.
Ross Parker had written There’ll Always Be An England
Daily Mirror 200262
How pleased I was to see that Carol Deene’s Norman reached the Top 20 despite the dreadful panning it got on JBJ recently. Songwriter Ross Parker, the jury member who put a clothes peg on his nose to express his opinion of the record, and the other members who all made detrimental remarks about Norman made one of the biggest gaffes in the history of the programme.
Incidentally, how many Misses registered by JBJ have turned out to be Hits?
Mrs WB, Sheffield
David Jacobs in NME Annual 1963: “Regrettably, Carole was backstage in the hot seat and so you can imagine how embarrassed we all were. To be candid, I think those three members – Shirley Bassey, her husband Kenneth Hume and Ross Parker – went beyond the proper bounds of criticism and were just plain rude. What made matters worse was that a former jury had voted Carol’s previous record a Miss, again when she was in the hot seat.”
After roasting by panel, DJ said “Well, I liked it anyway!” and Carol Deene gave him a kiss.
“I felt terrible. I just watched the audience’s reaction from behind the screen. They were laughing at the slating.”
“I’d love to appear on JBJ but I’d never be unfair to another artist on a record.”
82 complaints to the BBC, then 200 letters to DJ.
Record sold 10,000 the week after JBJ.