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Saturday 2 November 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


Panel: Cilla Black, Dick Haymes, Pete Murray +1
Pete Murray now billed as Peter Murray


Producer: Neville Wortman


Records played:
Saturday Night – New Christy Minstrels (CBS) MISS
I’ll Keep You Satisfied – Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas (Parlophone) HIT
The Father Of Girls – Anthony Newley (Decca) MISS
You Were Made For Me – Freddie & the Dreamers (Columbia) MISS
Freddie Garrity: “Cilla Black on JBJ said it sounded like Freda and the Dreamers so that speaks for itself. It sold 750,000 copies in the UK alone though.”
Don’t Talk To Him – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
Swinging On A Star – Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva (Colpix) HIT
The Long March – Ken Thorne & Ray Davies (HMV) MISS
Country Boy – Heinz (Decca) HIT
I Am – Ronnie Carroll (Philips) HIT


Heinz was behind the screen. Cilla said she didn’t like his voice, but said to him, “I like you though.”

Cilla Black paid 30g

Producer Neville Wortman: “I think Juke Box Jury launched Cilla Black’s career. It took her out from just being a singer to someone who can really relate to the public. She would say anything and she was like John Lennon in that respect. Brian Epstein also liked appearing but he wasn’t a natural performer although he was a good judge of music. He didn’t relate to cameras very well.”

Producer Neville Wortman: “Pete Murray wanted to be an actor, he got a silver medal at RADA and he is a very serious man. We did think of trying other presenters for Juke Box Jury like Pete, Alan Freeman and Jimmy Savile, but none of them would have been right. Jimmy Savile was a strange man and you never quite got to know him. Pete and David were great mates but they would have friendly arguments with each other in Juke Box Jury. David did think that Pete might take over the show but I don’t think that Pete ever wanted that. David went through to the end but he should have gone before.”

 

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