• 210

    Saturday 10 August 1963, 6-6.35pm


    Panel: Carole Carr, Ted King, Barbara Windsor +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    I Won’t Miss You – Dev Douglas (Parlophone) MISS
    I Want To Stay Here – Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme (CBS) HIT
    Accidents Will Happen – Patsy Ann Noble (Columbia) HIT
    It’s All In The Game – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    When The Saints Go Marching In – Pinky & Perky (Columbia) MISS
    Let Me Tell You – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT
    Whispering – Bachelors (Decca) HIT
    Running To You – Mark Wynter (Pye) HIT
    Whisper Wonderful Words – Christine Quaife (Oriole) MISS
    I Do – Chris Ravel & The Ravers (Decca) MISS
    Steptoe And Son – Joe Loss & his Orchestra (HMV) HIT


    Mark was behind the screen

    Chubby Checker might be the other panel member.

    Cliff Richard was in the 100th edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars.

    Disc-jockey David Jacobs a little disappointed with Beatles’ new single.
    NME, 16 August 1963

  • 211

    Saturday 17 August 1963, 6-6.35pm


    Panel: Pat Boone, Polly Elwes, Carol Ann Ford, Vic Lewis


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Martian Hop – Ran-Dells (London) HIT
    Two Silhouettes – Del Shannon (London) MISS
    Don’t Do Me Any Favours – Rose Brennan (Philips) MISS
    Your Baby’s Gone Surfin’ – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
    Searchin’ – Hollies (Parlophone) MISS (all four)
    It’s Over – Mike Stephen (Decca) HIT
    Look At Him – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS
    A Little Like Lovin’ – Cascades (RCA) HIT
    I’m Wondering – Statesmen (Decca) MISS
    My Baby Loves To Dance – Chris Montez (London) HIT
    Dum Dum Dee Dum – Johnny Cymbal (London) HIT


    Drownin’ My Sorrows was Connie Francis A-side in US.

    Norman Jopling wrote a piece about the Hollies, A Hit Despite JBJ, for Record Mirror
    Pat Boone urged fans to buy the original by the Coasters. (He should talk!)

    On Lucky Stars, Chubby Checker twisted up a storm.
    NME, 23 August 1963

    Around this time, there was a summer series on Grampian, Dad, You’re A Square

  • 212

    Saturday 24 August 1963, 6.35-7pm


    Panel: Tom Courtenay, Little Peggy March, Peter Noble +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    The Dreamer – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT
    Judy’s Turn To Cry – Lesley Gore (Mercury) HIT
    She Loves You – The Beatles (Parlophone) HIT
    A Doodlin’ Song – Peggy Lee (Capitol) MISS
    You Must Be Jokin’ – Wee Willie Harris (HMV) HIT
    Wait ’Til My Bobby Gets Home – Darlene Love (London) MISS
    Frankie And Johnny – Sam Cooke (RCA) HIT
    Summertime, Summertime – The Fortunes (Decca) MISS


    The +1 is almost certainly Joan Turner. Hilarious but turned the programme into The Joan Turner Show Rest of panel not amused. She was doing a DJ show for the Light Programme.

  • 213

    Saturday 31 August 1963, 6-6.35pm


    Panel: Terence Edmond, Jean Metcalfe, Don Moss, Polly Perkins
    Photo of Polly Perkins in RT!


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    You’re Gonna Need My Loving – Jimmy Justice (Pye) HIT
    Wishing – Buddy Holly (Coral) HIT
    It Hurts To Be Sixteen – Andrea Carroll (London) MISS
    No One – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
    A Day Without You – Danny Williams (HMV) MISS
    Applejack – Jet Harris & Tony Meehan (Decca) HIT
    Hey There Lonely Boy – Ruby & the Romantics (London) HIT
    I’m So Glad I Found Her – Craig Douglas (Decca) HIT
    Humdrum Blues – Elaine Delmar (Columbia) MISS
    The Kind Of Boy You Can’t Forget – Raindrops (London) HIT
    First One – Rikki Allen Trio (Decca) MISS

  • 214

    Saturday 7 September 1963, 6-6.35pm


    Panel: Jane Asher, Alan Freeman, Tommy Roe +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Please Don’t Stop – Mike Sarne (Parlophone) HIT
    Then He Kissed Me – Crystals (London) HIT
    Secondhand – Wilfrid Brambell (Parlophone) MISS
    Do You Love Me – Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Decca) HIT
    Nine Out Of Ten Girls – Kaye Sisters (Philips) MISS
    Yakka Hula Hickey Dula – Dutch Swing College Band (Philips) MISS
    Sally Ann – Joe Brown (Piccadilly) HIT
    Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee – Osmond Brothers (MGM) MISS
    Everybody Monkey – Freddie Cannon (Stateside) HIT
    Love Me With All Your Heart – Kestrels (Pye) MISS
    Memphis Tennesssee – Dave Berry & the Cruisers (Decca) MISS
    Jealousy Will Get You Nowhere – Brian Diamond & the Cutters (Decca) HIT

  • 215

    Saturday 14 September 1963, 6-6.30pm


    Panel: Sam Costa, Louise Dunn, Anne Nightingale, Bruce Prochnik


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    The First Time – Adam Faith & the Roulettes (Parlophone) HIT
    Say You Do – Danny Storm (Pye) MISS
    That Sunday, That Summer – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) HIT
    Like I Love You – Eden Kane (Fontana) MISS
    Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton (Columbia) MISS
    Shindig – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Straighten Up Your Heart – Barbara Lewis (London) MISS
    Three Rows Over – Bobby Curtola (Decca) MISS
    Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison (London) HIT
    Everybody – Tommy Roe (HMV) MISS
    One Mile Over, Two Miles Back – Bill Anderson (Brunswick) HIT
    You’d Think He Didn’t Know Me – Sandra Browne (Columbia) HIT
    Jo-Anne – Barron Knights (Columbia) HIT

  • 216

    Saturday 21 September 1963, 6-6.35pm


    Panel: Dora Bryan, Alan Dell, Adam Faith, Caroline Mortimer


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Come And Join The Party – Keith Powell & the Valets (Columbia) HIT
    Somebody Else’s Girl – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
    Point Panic – Surfaris (Brunswick) MISS
    Lemon Tree – Lonnie Donegan (Pye) MISS
    I (Who Have Nothing) – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) MISS
    Everybody Shake – Grant Tracy (Decca) MISS
    Sure My Love – Dave Ventura (Philips) MISS
    I’ll Find You Again – Pat Boone (London) MISS
    The Anvil Chorus – Freddie Randall Band (Parlophone) HIT
    Sooner Or Later – Johnny Mathis (CBS) MISS
    Gonna Make Him Mine – Orchids (Decca) MISS


    Caroline Mortimer, daughter of John, currently filming Saturday Night Out

    MM for 210963. Poll for top TV show. Thank Your Lucky Stars (68%), Juke Box Jury (10), TW3 (6), Steptoe (2), Sunday Night At LP (2), Black And White (1)

    Valerie Harbottle from Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Disc 140963
    “What on earth do these programme planners think they are playing at? For weeks and weeks I’ve looked forward to seeing Adam Faith on Juke Box Jury and Thank Your Lucky Stars and now he is to appear on each programme on the same day. Whose ridiculous idea was that?
    “What makes it more infuriating is to find that his appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars was deliberately brought forward a week. It seems that we Faith fans are being got at.”

    Disc 051063
    F A Palmer, Cheshire.
    Loud applause for the straightforward attack made recently by Adam Faith in defence of British discs.

  • 217

    Saturday 28 September 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Jess Conrad, Peter Murray, Barbara Windsor


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Heartaches On The Way – Terry Stafford (Stateside) MISS
    Be My Baby – Grazina (Frame) (HMV) MISS
    Dragonfly – Tornados (Decca) HIT
    Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy (Ember) HIT
    Miss You – Jimmy Young (Columbia) HIT
    Love Of The Loved – Cilla Black (Parlophone) HIT
    I’ll Take You Home – Drifters (London) HIT
    Magic Carpet – Dakotas (Parlophone) MISS
    My Resistance Is Low – Buddy Britten & the Regents (Oriole) MISS


     

  • 218

    Saturday 5 October 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Bunny Lewis, Julia Lockwood, Helen Shapiro, Wolf Mankowitz
    Before the programme, the panel were told to put more comment, bite and criticism into their remarks.
    The Girl Sang The Blues – Everly Brothers (Warner) HIT
    When Lewis spoke of the familiar thump thump thump of a record by the Everly Brothers, Mankowitz said, ‘I don’t know why Bunny Lewis should imply that this thump is inferior to his own thump that gets him a fantastic living as a lyric writer and composer.


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Ain’t Gonna Kiss You – Jean Martin (Decca) HIT
    Sally Go ’Round The Roses – Jaynetts (Stateside) MISS
    Hey Little Girl – Ray Sharpe (United Artists) MISS
    From Russia With Love – Matt Monro (Parlophone) MISS
    Baby It’s Me – Petula Clark (Pye) MISS
    Lewis: “Her singing is not virile enough.”
    Mankowitz: “She is a girl and not expected to be virile.”
    Jacobs: “Can’t you have virile girls?”
    Lewis: “Not in Wolf’s household”
    You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & the Pacemakers (Columbia) HIT
    Mankowitz: “A turgid voice which failed to move me to anything but extreme nausea.”
    Lewis: “I’m tired of hearing the song sung by some tired old baritone such as you can hear in Wolf’s shows.”
    Washington Square – Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen (Pye) HIT
    Be My Baby – Ronettes (London) HIT


    Daily Mirror 071063
    The BBC’s new get-with-it policy set its phones ringing with complaints from angry viewers on Saturday night. For the show developed into a slanging match between two panellists, composer Bunny Lewis and show-writer Wolk Mankowitz. Lewis and Mankowitz were acid in their opinions about the discs – and each other.

  • 219

    Saturday 12 October 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Jim Backus, Tonia Bern, Kenny Lynch +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Blowin’ In The Wind – Nina and Frederick HIT (4-0)

  • 220

    Saturday 19 October 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Terence Edmond, Susan Hampshire, Steve Race, Dusty Springfield
    Terence Edmond was P C Sweet in Z-Cars.


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Daily Mirror 251063
    Lost 1m viewers in a year. Down from 4.3m homes to 3.2m homes.

    291163
    Talk of a permanent panel on Juke Box Jury with Steve Race
    This had been mentioned to him after an earlier appearance (19 Oct) on JBJ.

    Disc 261063
    US-TV may revive original US versions of Juke Box Jury.

    Disc 021163
    Peter Thomson: I heard that Juke Box Jury will continue for at least two more years.

  • 221

    Saturday 26 October 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Brian Epstein, Jimmy Henney, Heather Sears, Barbara Young


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Sweet As Honey – Polly Perkins (Oriole) MISS
    From Russia With Love – Craig Douglas (Decca) MISS
    Little Eefin’ Annie – Joe Perkins (London) HIT
    Busted – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
    Secret Love – Kathy Kirby (Decca) HIT
    It’s Almost Tomorrow – Mark Wynter (Pye) MISS
    Jealous Heart – Ottilie Patterson (Columbia) MISS
    What Kind Of Girl Are You – Dave Curtiss & the Tremors (Philips) MISS
    My Friend Bobby – Pamela Blue (Decca) MISS
    500 Miles Away From Home – Lonnie Donegan (Pye) MISS


    Programme recorded previous week
    Epstein paid 30g

    David Jacobs on Juke Box Jury didn’t know that Mark Wynter’s It’s Almost Tomorrow was a revival.

    This was broadcast same time as Beatles on Thank Your Lucky Stars.

    David Jacobs says, “A real juke box would be no good for this job: they take too long to select and play.”

  • 222

    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.”

     

  • 223

    Saturday 9 November 1963, 5.45-6.10pm


    Panel: Alan Freeman, Fergus McClelland, Annie Ross +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Screened early because of Festival of Remembrance
    Fergus McClelland was a child star.

  • 224

    Saturday 16 November 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: Jane Asher, Linda Christian, Alan Dell, Edmund Purdom


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five (Columbia) HIT
    Kansas City – Trini Lopez (Reprise) MISS
    I’m In Love – Fourmost (Parlophone) HIT
    Don’t Wait Too Long – Tony Bennett (CBS) MISS
    Guitar’d And Feather’d – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
    I Can Dance – Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Decca) HIT
    Talk Back Trembling Lips – Johnny Tillotson (MGM) HIT
    All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle – Dora Bryan (Fontana) HIT
    Money – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen (Decca) HIT


    If Edmund Purdom hasn’t heard of Tony Bennett, why appear on Juke Box Jury?
    Alley Cat, 22 November 1963
    Dee Dee Sharp not able to appear and replaced by Jane Asher at last minute
    Alley Cat, 22 November 1963

  • 225

    Saturday 23 November 1963, 6.05-6.30pm


    Panel: Cilla Black, Sid James, Don Moss, Anna Quayle


    Producer: Neville Wortman (8-3)


    I Want To Hold Your Hand – Beatles (Parlophone) HIT
    Anyone Else – Gene McDaniels (Liberty) HIT
    Beautiful Dreamer – John Leyton (HMV) HIT
    I Like What You Do – Pat Boone (London) MISS
    It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World – Shirelles (Pye International) MISS
    Bad Girl – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT
    If You Gotta Pick A Baby – Glenda Collins (HMV) HIT
    The Banjo Song – Mike Hurst (Philips) HIT
    Bless ’Em All – Jane Morgan (Colpix) MISS
    That Boy Of Mine – Breakaways (Pye) HIT
    Since We Fell In Love – Bobby Rydell (Cameo Parkway) HIT


     

  • 226

    Saturday 30 November 1963, 6.05-6.35pm


    Panel: June Ritchie, Nancy Spain, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman (5-4)


    Records played:
    How Deep Is The Ocean – Shel Naylor (Decca) MISS
    Jinglin’ Bells – Max Bygraves (Decca) HIT
    Say It Again – Chimes (Decca) MISS
    How Do You Keep From Crying – Danny Williams (HMV) HIT
    Geronimo – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Mickey’s Monkey – Doug Sheldon (Decca) MISS
    Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby (Capitol) MISS
    Loddy Lo – Chubby Checker (Cameo Parkway) HIT
    We Are In Love – Adam Faith (Parlophone) HIT

  • 227

    Saturday 7 December 1963, 6.05-6.35pm

    (32.00)


    Panel: The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr)
    Second jury – Anne Collingham and Bettina Rose (National secs) and Freda Kelly (Merseyside and Lancs area of fan club)


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    I Could Write A Book – The Chants (Pye) 0.54 HIT
    “The bestest gear” (John Lennon)
    Kiss Me Quick – Elvis Presley (RCA) 1.10 HIT
    Ringo: “Last two years he’s been going down the nick.”


    PAUL: “The only thing I don’t like about Elvis now is the songs. You know, I love his voice. I used to love all the records like ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ lovely. But I don’t like the songs now. And Kiss Me Quick, it sounds like Blackpool on a sunny day.”
    RINGO: “I didn’t like it at all, no.”
    GEORGE: “I must admit I didn’t like it very much. Not at all. It’s an old track. And I think, seeing as they’re releasing old stuff, if they release something like ‘My Baby Left Me’ it’d be number one. Because Elvis is definitely still popular, it’s just the song’s a load of rubbish. I mean, Elvis is great. He’s fine. But it’s not for me.”
    JOHN: “Well, I think it’ll be a hit because it’s Elvis, like people said. But I don’t think it’ll be very great. (comically) I like those hats, though, with ‘Kiss Me Quick’ on it!”
    Secnd panel was from the fan club secretaries – Anne Collingham, Bettina Rose and Freda Kelly

    Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans (HMV) 0.53 HIT
    John also says he likes Bill Harry’s version, which brings a knowing laugh from the crowd. All prefer Chan Romero’s original.
    Bill Harry: “I loved Hippy Hippy Shake by Chan Romero and I used to write in Mersey Beat that some group should pick up on this number. When the Beatles were the panel for Juke Box Jury at the Liverpool Empire, they played the Swinging Blue Jeans’ record of Hippy Hippy Shake, which the Beatles hadn’t heard before. John Lennon said, ‘I like Bill Harry’s version’ which was a little in-joke. We were sitting there in the audience with a leg of lamb which Virginia had bought for Sunday lunch.”
    Did You Have A Happy Birthday – Paul Anka (RCA) 0.52 MISS
    George: Hearing this would spoil my own birthday.
    The Nitty Gritty – Shirley Ellis (London) 1.00 MISS
    John mistakes this for Mary Wells at first, but says he would buy it.
    I Can’t Stop Talkin’ About You – Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme (CBS) 1.00 HIT
    Paul and George find it catchy but John says that Goffin and King can do better.
    Do You Really Love Me Too – Billy Fury (Decca) 1.18 HIT
    Paul compares the tune to Benny Hill’s Harvest Of Love.
    There! I’ve Said It Again – Bobby Vinton (Columbia) 0.53 MISS
    Too bland for the Beatles, but it was to knock the Beatles off No l in the US
    Love Hit Me – The Orchids (Decca) 1.16 MISS
    Schoolgirls from Coventry. John finds it too much of a Spector clone but George and Paul are enthusiastic. They switch their votes and JL says he will buy 10 copies when the Orchids, in the audience, are introduced.
    I Think Of You – Merseybeats (Fontana) 1.02 HIT
    Only time to vote and it’s a Hit

    Also in the camera script running order, but not used,
    Broken Home – Shirley Jackson (Decca) 1.13
    Where Have You Been All My Life – Gene Vincent (Columbia) 1.23
    Long Time Ago – The Bachelors (Decca) 0.59

    In front of the Beatles Fan Club at Liverpool Empire
    The programmes were going to be at the Odeon but they pulled out. Fortunately, the Empire was in rehearsal for the pantomime and available.
    Running order: The Telegoons, Juke Box Jury, Dixon Of Dock Green, Wells Fargo and then 8.10 to 8.40 It’s The Beatles (from Liverpool Odeon) Concert directed by Barney Colehan
    Together this meant 60 minutes of the Beatles on prime time TV.
    It was Bill Cotton Jr’s idea.
    It’s The Beatles was recorded during the afternoon. Both were meant to be at the Empire, but the concert was switched to the Odeon for technical reasons. RT said that cameras would roam around the theatre. “The group’s contact with the audience is remarkable to see. The programme will be virtually a study in Beatle mania.”
    It was so noisy that the cameramen couldn’t hear the director’s instructions

    PFTP 261263
    Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist surely voices the sentiments of many of us when he says, ignoring his bad cold, “Beadles are but men”.
    J F Coldwell, Worthing

    According to Television’s Greatest Hits, this was JBJ’s biggest success. 7.5m viewers and No 7. It’s The Beatles was 7.0m and No 10.

    Evening Standard critic Maureen Cleave raved over new Paul Anka single, but all four Beatles votes it a miss.
    NME, 13 December 1963

    Producer Neville Wortman: “There was a big problem with that. There were huge technical problems and I knew all along that we should have done in the Television Centre properly. It was a crazy idea although it was a fine idea to have them on the panel. The technicians weren’t up to it, the lighting people weren’t up to it, and that applies to both programmes. I used to choose all the records for the show but that day David Jacobs and I had a good look at the whole scene to make up the balance for that particular programme. The Beatles were marvellous as they played off each other so beautifully on the panel and they enjoyed the whole thing immensely. The audience was fantastic but the noise levels were very hard to contend with.”

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I was losing my hair and I decided to buy a wig. The wig creator thought this wig was really marvellous and I came home with it and my family said, You can’t wear that. My brother said, Turn it round the other way, and then it gave me a fringe. That worked, much to the horror of the guy who had created it. So there I was with a Beatles wig and a high collar for that show from the Odeon in Liverpool. Paul looked at it and said, You really are one of us now. Little did they know what a phoney I was. It was quite convincing.”

  • 228

    Saturday 14 December 1963


    Panel: Neal Arden, Catherine Boyle, Freddie Garrity +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman (3-6)


    Records played:
    Dance With Me – Kestrels (Piccadilly) HIT
    The Shelter Of Your Arms – Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise) MISS
    Your Turn To Cry – Bruisers (Parlophone) MISS
    Let Us Make Our Own Mistakes – Brian Hyland (HMV) MISS
    Beatle Crazy – Bill Clifton (Decca) HIT
    March Of The Victors – Ted Heath & his Orchestra (Decca) MISS
    Via Veneto – Dean Martin (Reprise) MISS
    Hello Love – Julie Grant (Pye) HIT
    I Wish You A Merry Christmas – Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva (Colpix) MISS


    Beatle Crazy (Record Retailer, 191263) – “A Yank’s view of the Beatle mania (sic). Amusing, well-performed and off-beat enough to stake a high placing, chart-wise.”

    Juke Box Jury originator Peter Potter wants to replace David Jacobs for one show.

  • 75

    Saturday 7 January 1961


    Panel: Lisa Gastoni, Jimmy Henney, Pete Murray +1

    Daily Mirror, 090161
    25 year old Italian actress Lisa Gastoni fumed yesterday because women viewers complained that her low-cut gown made her look naked during JBJ. Shocked women viewers phoned the BBC after the show on Saturday night. They said when the shoulder strap of Lisa’s gown slipped down, she looked naked in head and shoulder close-ups. At the end of the show, David Jacobs jokingly asked the blonde actress to stand up and show viewers that she was wearing a dress. “These women viewers make me so mad,” said Lisa, “I’ll put on the dress for you, ducky, and you can judge for yourself.”

  • 128

    Saturday 6 January 1962


    Panel: Sam Costa, Alan Freeman, Sandu Scott, Nancy Spain


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    He’s Old Enough To Know Better – Crickets (London)
    Small Sad Sam – Phil McLean (Top Rank)
    D-Darling – Anthony Newley (Decca)
    Happy Jose – Dave Appell (Columbia)
    Jeannie – Danny Williams (HMV)
    Forget Me Not – Eden Kane (Decca)
    Crying In The Rain – Everly Brothers (Warner)
    Especially For The Young – Perry Como (RCA)


    Spin-A-Disc with Brook Denning: Happy Jose (Dave Appell), You’re Following Me (Breedlove), Revenge (Benton)

  • 129

    Saturday 13 January 1962


    Panel: Shirley Bassey, Susan Castle, Kenneth Hume, Ross Parker


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    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.”
    Carole Deene

    82 complaints to the BBC, then 200 letters to DJ.
    Record sold 10,000 the week after JBJ.
    RM, 270162

  • 130

    Saturday 20 January 1962


    Panel: Alan Freeman, Jimmy Henney, Miriam Karlin, June Thorburn


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Hurry On Back To Love – Johnny Kidd (HMV)
    I’m Counting On You – Petula Clark (Pye)
    La Bamba – Ritchie Valens (London reissue)
    A Pocketful Of Miracles – Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
    Rock-A-Hula Baby – Elvis Presley (RCA)
    Bobbikins – Mrs Mills (Parlophone)
    A Little Bitty Tear – Burl Ives (Brunswick)
    Wimoweh – Karl Denver Trio (Decca)


    Kidd was behind panel

    In Juke Box Jury’s teenage panel tomorrow, Norrie Paramor’s daughters, Caroline and June.
    Alley Cat, 19 January 1962

  • 131

    Saturday 27 January 1962


    Panel: Shirley Eaton, Frank Muir, Pete Murray, Viera


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Don’t Stop – Twist – Frankie Vaughan (Philips)
    Walk With Me My Angel – Don Charles (Decca)
    Babette – Tommy Bruce (Columbia)
    Break It To Me Gently – Brenda Lee (Brunswick)
    Newcastle Twist – Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
    Softly As I Leave You – Matt Monro (Parlophone) MISS
    Lessons In Love – Allisons (Fontana)
    Free Me – Johnny Preston (Mercury)


    PM: Matt is a wonderful singer and puts a great deal of feeling into a song. Anyone else singing Softly and it would been have a Miss.

    Spin-A-Disc with Carole Carr: So Deep (Lee), Free Me (Preston), Don’t Stop-Twist

  • 132

    Saturday 3 February 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Denis Norden, Barbara Shelley +1


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke (RCA) HIT
    Tell Me What He Said – Helen Shapiro (Columbia) HIT
    I’ll See You In My Dreams – Pat Boone (London) MISS
    Goodnight Irene – Springfields (Philips) MISS
    Let’s Start All Over Again – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) HIT
    March Of The Siamese Children – Kenny Ball (Pye) HIT
    Love Me Warm And Tender – Paul Anka (RCA) MISS
    Don’t Cry On My Shoulder – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS


    Spin-A-Disc with Alan Dell: Chip Chip, Baby It’s You, Blue Skies (Johnny Rivers)

     

  • 133

    Saturday 10 February 1962


    Panel: Frances Bennett, Leslie Crowther, Alan Dell, Monica Evans


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    PFTP
    Not A Shining Example
    Don’t the audience in JBJ ever polish their footwear? Without exception every foot is encased in a totally uncared-for covering. Please issue these people with shoe-cleaning outfits before the camera sees them.
    V S F Dunton, Kingsbridge, Devon

  • 134

    Saturday 17 February 1962


    Panel: Petula Clark, George Elrick, Jean Metcalfe, Jimmy Young


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    PFTP 120462
    During the JBJ of 17 February, a record of Shenandoah was played, the tune of which was ‘arranged’. Do you think that a code of honour could be arranged amongst arrangers at least to leave sea shanties alone in this respect?
    R D Smith, Master Mariner, Hindhead

    PFTP 030562
    May I say a few words in support of Capt R D Smith. Once a sea shanty is arranged, it ceases to be a shanty as, unless it is rendered in exactly the same metre, it cannot fulfil is only function, which is to coordinate the efforts of the sailors in their various tasks about the ship.
    F McLachlan, Wallasey

  • 135

    Saturday 24 February 1962


    Panel: Paul Anka, Carole Carr, Tony Orlando, Sheila Tracy


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    I’m The Greatest – Frankie Townsend (Fontana) HIT
    Please Don’t Ask About Barbara – Bobby Vee (Liberty) HIT
    Hello First Love – Susan Singer (Oriole) MISS
    What Kind Of Fool Am I – Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise) MISS
    Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler (Columbia) MISS
    Wonderful Land – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Letter Full Of Tears – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
    I Ain’t Got Nobody – Buddy Greco (Fontana) HIT
    Dream Baby – Roy Orbison (London) HIT


    Paul Anka and Tony Orlando on Juke Box Jury voted Gene Chandler’s Duke Of Earl a miss, but your Alley Cat disagrees.
    Alley Cat, 2 March 1962

    The Shadows went to No. l with ‘Wonderful Land’, written by Jerry Lordan: “I got the first phrase and it took me six months to get to the middle. I knew it had to have a second part and I couldn’t think of anything. The Shadows did it marvellously and Norrie Paramor added strings very sympathetically. I thought it was fantastic but it didn’t get a unanimous vote on Juke Box Jury.”

  • 136

    Saturday 3 March 1962


    Panel: Buddy Greco, June Thorburn, Bobby Vee, Shani Wallis


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    A Diabolical Twist – Max Bygraves (Decca) HIT
    Lone Rider – John Leyton (HMV) MISS
    When The Lights Go Out – Bobby Breen (Fontana) MISS
    A Lady Loves – Eartha Kitt (MGM) MISS
    One More Time – Danny Peppermint (London) MISS
    The Turk – Judd Proctor (Parlophone) MISS
    She’s Got You – Alma Cogan (Columbia) HIT
    You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon (London) HIT
    Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel (Mercury) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon (London), She’s Got You (Cline), Lucky Star (Vincent)

    Bobby Vee: “I only did Juke Box Jury two or three times. It was an upbeat show and people were generally positive about the records. We never heard the records first and I enjoyed it. I was 20 and I felt I knew everything so it was no trouble.”

    Peter Prichard for The Grade Organisation 010362
    Saturday matinee for Scapa are at 5.30 but “the management have said that they would release Pete from a matinee if he could do JBJ wearing the naval uniform he appears in Scapa.”
    File note: “I think the idea of Pete in his uniform (though a good idea) is going just a little too far. As you know the present arrangement is that David gives the credit plug himself during the introduction of the panellists and this is obviously a much stronger plug than the normal voice ‘off’ at the end of a programme but further than that I don’t think we could go.”

  • 137

    Saturday 10 March 1962


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Alan Freeman, Steve Race, Lita Roza


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Spin-A-Disc: Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night (Dino), Drums Are My Beat, Jeepers Creepers (Hayley Mills)

    140462 Spin Along, Alan Freeman host. Had panel for new releases.

  • 138

    Saturday 17 March 1962


    Panel: Carole Gray, Millicent Martin, Edward J Mason, Ray Orchard


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Come Down The Mountain Katy Daley – Rose Brennan (Philips) MISS
    It’s A Young World – Rick Nelson (London) HIT
    Evil Eye – Al Saxon (Piccadilly) HIT (Saxon guest)
    Afrikaan Beat – Cyril Stapleton (Decca) HIT
    Speak To Me Pretty – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) MISS
    She’s Everything (I Wanted You To Be) – Ral Donner (Parlophone) MISS
    It’s All Over Now – Shane Fenton & the Fentones (Parlophone) HIT
    B’wna Nina – Tokens (RCA) MISS
    Her Royal Majesty – Jimmy Darren (Pye) HIT


    Millicent Martin by arrangement with Associated British Picture Corporation

    Ted Mason was the lead writer for The Archers.
    Had teenage daughters which kept him from “being a square”

    First appearance for Carole Gray. Judging by a press comment, she was knowledgeable about sheet music.

    Al Saxon in the hot seat: “This is the fourth time one of my discs has been played on JBJ. Two of the others got the thumbs down but the other was voted a hit. As things turned out, the Hit did very well indeed, so I place a lot of importance on the jury’s verdict. I think most artists do.”

    Ray Orchard: The big attraction for the record companies is that during the programme the viewer is really concentrating on each number and deciding, maybe subconsciously, whether or not to buy the disc.

    Programme has 14m viewers and if 1 in 1,000 decides to buy a Miss, that is still 14,000 sales.

    Only Harry Carlisle and DJ heard the records first. The panel heard them for the first time on air.
    Vincent Donnelly feature, Evening Times 210362

    The film producer Donovan Winter saw JBJ on 17 March and he was impressed by a girl left of the screen on the second panel. “When I saw this girl, I realised that she had everything I wanted for the lead part in my new picture.” She had a mixture of innocence and .tremendous attraction. It was to be an X cert film about a young provincial girl falling into the hands of a London gang. The show had been recorded but no record had been kept of the names.
    Evening News, 300462

    David Jacobs also doing Startime, David Jacobs Plays The Pops and The Chocolate Time Show, all on Radio Luxembourg.

    DJ says he hears all the new records each week. “Not all of the records, mark you, but a part of each one. After about 10 seconds, I know whether I want to play it or not. If I’m not impressed after a quick hearing, then the average listener won’t be.”
    Bunny Lewis, DJ’s agent often on panel. “Pure coincidence” says DJ who doesn’t select the panel.
    DJ: “It is not intended to be an authoritative programme of predictions.”
    170262, Melody Maker

  • 139

    Saturday 24 March 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Pete Murray, Barbara Shelley, Jimmy Young


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    One Mint Julep – Sarah Vaughan (Columbia) MISS
    What’s Your Name – Don & Juan (London) MISS
    Two Of A Kind – Sue Thompson (Polydor) MISS
    Slow Twistin’ – Chubby Checker (Columbia) HIT
    The Party’s Over – Lonnie Donegan (Pye) HIT
    Take Five – Carmen McRae with Dave Brubeck Five (Fontana) MISS
    The Great Matchmaker – Grant Tracy (Ember) HIT
    Love Letters – Ketty Lester (London) MISS
    Love Is A Wonderful Thing – Paddy Roberts (Decca) HIT


    Pete Murray appearing in Steps at Adelphi, London

    Spin-A-Disc: When The Cats Come Twistin’ In (Mike Pedicin Quintet, HMV), Young World (Nelson), Clown Shoes (Burnette)

     

  • 140

    Saturday 31 March 1962


    Panel: Jane Asher, Alan Dell, Jimmy Henney, Jean Metcalfe


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Everybody’s Twistin’ – Frank Sinatra (Reprise) MISS
    A Girl Has To Know – G-Clefs (London) MISS
    Shout, Shout – Ernie Maresca (London) MISS
    The Wonderful World Of The Young – Danny Williams (HMV) HIT
    Cutty Sark – John Barry Seven (Columbia) HIT
    Clown Shoes – Johnny Burnette (Liberty) MISS
    Nicola – Steve Race (Parlophone) MISS
    Sweet Thursday – Johnny Mathis (Fontana) MISS
    When The Cats Come Twistin’ In – Mike Pedicin Quintet (HMV) HIT
    What Now My Love – Jane Morgan (London) MISS


    Johnny Burnette was about to tour the UK and was behind the panel. He had very smart hair (a la Ricky Nelson and Everly Brothers) and was very smartly dressed. Boxer’s physique.

    Spin-A-Disc: Slow Twistin’, What’s Your Name, Nut Rocker (BB)

    Tomorrow’s Juke Box Jury is Harry Carlisle’s last production: third Johnnie Stewart stint from April 7.
    Alley Cat, 30 March 1962

  • 141

    Saturday 7 April 1962


    Panel: Sam Costa, Jack Jackson, June Marlow, Brenda Lee


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    A Night At Daddy Gee’s – Curtis Lee (London) MISS
    Matelot – Donna Douglas (Piccadilly) MISS
    I’m Gonna Clip Your Wings – Frankie Vaughan (Philips) HIT
    I Will – Vic Dana (Liberty) MISS
    Nut Rocker – B Bumble & the Stingers (Top Rank) HIT
    Johnny Angel – Patti Lynn (Fontana) HIT
    She Can’t Find Her Keys – Paul Petersen (Pye) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: A Night At Daddy Gee’s (Lee), Johnny Angel (Fabares), King Of Clowns (Sedaka)

    At the time, David Jacobs on Radio Luxembourg on Wednesday at 9.30 with David Jacobs Plays The Pops, on Thursday at 9 with Startime, and on Saturday at 10 with The David Jacobs Show.
    On Monday at 8.30 on Lux was The Russell Turner Show.

  • 142

    Saturday 14 April 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Robert Farnon, Sid James, Miriam Karlin


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Baby Doll Twist – Susan Maughan (Philips) MISS
    Caterina – Perry Como (RCA) MISS
    Lover Please – Vernons Girls (Decca) HIT
    Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS
    Striped Purple Shirt – Alan Klein (Oriole) MISS
    Big Man In A Big House – Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury) MISS
    Ave Maria – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) MISS
    Theme From Ben Casey – Ted Heath (Decca) MISS
    Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp (Columbia) MISS


    Spin-A-Disc with Jimmy Henney: Big Man In A Big House, Caterina (Como), Sgts 3 March (Caiola)

    Big mistake having Miriam Karlin on the same Juke Box Jury panel as Sidney James.
    Alley Cat, 13 April 1962

    Jean Owen (later Samantha Jones) of the Vernons: “JBJ was my very first television show and it was Lover Please that they were listening to and we just had to sit there smiling. Carole Carr who was a singer was on the panel and Gilbert Harding too. They put us behind a panel so the actual panel didn’t know that we were there. We thought it might be a Miss but it was a Hit. I had had visions of Gilbert Harding saying dreadful things about it but he was fine. It was genuine, we came in late and they definitely didn’t know we were there.”

  • 143

    Saturday 21 April 1962


    Panel: Alma Cogan, Neil Sedaka, Nina and Frederik


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    What’d I Say – Bobby Darin (London) HIT
    Twist Twist Senora – Gary US Bonds (Top Rank) HIT
    Silver Threads And Golden Needles – Springfields (Philips) HIT
    Tavern In The Town – Terry Lightfoot (Columbia) HIT
    Let’s Talk About Love – Helen Shapiro (Columbia) HIT
    Time Beat – Ray Cathode (Parlophone) MISS
    Tears Broke Out On Me – Eddy Arnold (RCA) HIT
    Cowboy Jock From Skye – Andy Stewart (Top Rank) MISS
    Shake The Hand Of A Fool – Johnny Hallyday (Philips) HIT
    In a Persian Market – Cy Laurie HIT


    Ray Cathode aka George Martin. Press report headlined Electronic Sounds as it made use of the Radiophonic Workshop

    Spin-A-Disc with Alvin Twist (Chipmunks), Tears Broke Out On Me (Eddy Arnold) and Shake The Hand Of A Fool (Johnny Hallyday, Philips)

    Listening to Helen Shapiro on Juke Box Jury, Alma Cogan thought it was a boy.
    Alley Cat, 4 May 1962

  • 144

    Saturday 28 April 1962


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Johnny Burnette, Alan Freeman, Jean Metcalfe


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    As You Like It – Adam Faith (Parlophone) HIT
    Funny Way Of Laughin’ – Burl Ives (Brunswick) MISS
    Lonely City – John Leyton (HMV) HIT
    When’s He Gonna Kiss Me – Candy Sparling (Piccadilly) MISS
    Quando Quando Quando – Pat Boone (London) HIT
    Down The Lane – Max Bygraves (Decca) HIT
    A Picture Of You – Joe Brown & the Bruvvers (Piccadilly) MISS
    Ginny Come Lately – Brian Hyland (HMV) HIT
    Last Night Was Made For Love – Billy Fury (Decca) MISS


    This programme was either recorded or they needed a fast car as Johnny Burnette was at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth that night.

    Spin-A-Disc: Twist Twist Senora, Quando Quando Quando and Hermit (Ben E King)

     

  • 145

    Saturday 5 May 1962


    Panel: Dora Bryan, John Leyton, Pete Murray, Rosemary Squires


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Run Romance Run – Bruce Channel (Mercury) MISS
    St Louis Blues – Glen Mason MISS
    I’m Lookin’ Out The Window – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    The Lady Wants To Twist – Steve Lawrence (CBS) MISS
    I Don’t Know Why – Eden Kane (Decca) HIT
    Unsquare Dance – Dave Brubeck Quartet (CBS) MISS
    Good Luck Charm – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Swingin’ In The Rain – Norman Vaughan (Pye) HIT
    Whistlin’ For The Moon – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc (SAD): Hide Nor Hair, Good Luck Charm –Run Romance Run (Channel)

  • 146

    Saturday 12 May 1962


    Panel: Jean Metcalfe, Harry Rabinowitz, Leila Williams +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Hide Nor Hair – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
    Besame Mucho – Jet Harris (Decca) HIT
    How Can I Meet Her – Everly Brothers (Warner) HIT
    The Right Thing To Say – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) MISS
    Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
    Concerto For Dreamers – Russ Conway (Columbia) HIT
    Crazy Twist – Jack Hammer (Oriole) MISS
    The Green Leaves Of Summer – Kenny Ball (Pye) HIT
    Big Big Baby – Doug Sheldon (Decca) MISS
    C’est Si Bon – Dean Martin (Capitol) MISS


    Spin-A-Disc: Born To Cry, C’Est Si Bon (Dean Martin), How Can I Meet Her

  • 147

    Saturday 19 May 1962


    Panel: Jane Asher, Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Steve Race


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Born To Cry – Dion (HMV) HIT
    I Love Her Still – Mark Wynter (Decca) MISS
    Rag Trade Rag – Gordon Franks (Parlophone) HIT
    It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ – Johnny Tillotson (London) MISS
    The Stripper – David Rose (MGM) MISS
    Far Away – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) HIT
    You Do Something to Me – Errol Garner (Philips) HIT
    Ain’t That Funny – Jimmy Justice (Pye) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: Deep In The Heart, It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’, Soldier Boy

  • 148

    Saturday 26 May 1962


    Panel: Rupert Davies, Vera Day, Eartha Kitt, Jimmy Young


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    I Shoulda Listened To Mama – Jimmy Crawford (Columbia) MISS
    When Love Comes Around – Matt Monro (Parlophone) HIT
    Johnny Get Angry – Carol Deene (HMV) MISS
    I’ll Be Seeing You – Frank Sinatra (Reprise) MISS
    Just A Little Love – Karl Denver Trio (Decca) MISS
    Stranger On The Shore – Drifters (London) MISS
    Stranger On The Shore – Andy Williams (CBS) MISS
    Sharing You – Bobby Vee (Liberty) MISS
    Once In A Lifetime – Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise) HIT

  • 149

    Saturday 2 June 1962


    Panel: Alan Dell, Helen Shapiro, Terry-Thomas, June Thorburn


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Number One Man – Bruce Channel (Mercury) MISS
    Highland Wedding – Johnny Keating and his Orchestra (Piccadilly) HIT
    The Crowd – Roy Orbison (London) MISS
    I’m Just A Baby – Louise Cordet (Decca) MISS
    I Wish That We Were Married – Ronnie and the Hilites (Pye) MISS
    Everybody’s Gotta Ya-Ya – Viscounts (Pye) HIT
    Theme From The Inspector – Ferrante & Teicher (HMV) MISS
    Yes My Darling Daughter – Eydie Gorme (CBS) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: Drummin’ Up A Storm, Dr Kildare (Chamberlain, Conscience

    RT note “Applications for tickets for this show cannot be entertained until further notice.”

  • 150

    Saturday 9 June 1962


    Panel: Dora Bryan, David Rose, Anne Shelton +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Let’s All Swing Like The Birdies Swing – Buddy Greco (Columbia) HIT
    I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles (HMV) MISS
    Conscience – James Darren (Pye) MISS
    Hit Record – Tommy Steele (Decca) HIT
    A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine – Paul Anka (RCA) MISS
    Theme From Dr Kildare – Richard Chamberlain (MGM) HIT
    South Sea Bubble – Tony Osborne (HMV) MISS

  • 151

    Saturday 16 June 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Anne Heywood, Nelson Riddle +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Our Favourite Melodies – Craig Douglas (Columbia) HIT
    Crazy Words, Crazy Tune – Dorothy Provine (Warner) HIT
    I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Lonnie Donegan (Pye) HIT
    Here Comes That Feeling – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) HIT
    Cryin’ For The Moon – Leo Maguire (Parlophone) MISS
    Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (Stateside) MISS
    Ai Di La – Emilio Pericoli (Warner) HIT
    Ya Ya Twist – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: Crazy Words (Provine), Having A Party (Cooke), Feeling (Brenda Lee)

  • 152

    Saturday 23 June 1962


    Panel: Arthur Askey, Bill Crozier, Jean Metcalfe +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Show Me The Way To Go Home – Frank D’Rone (Mercury) HIT
    Tears – Danny Williams (HMV) HIT
    Having A Party – Sam Cooke (RCA) MISS
    I Bent My Assagai – Charlie Drake (Parlophone) HIT
    April In Paris – Mr Pollard (Piccadilly) MISS
    Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way – Georgia Brown (Decca) MISS
    Cindy’s Birthday – Johnny Crawford (Pye) MISS


    Spin-A-Disc: Palisades, Steel Men (Dean), Show Me (D’Rone)

    RT billing:
    Neither cat nor square, Arthur Askey’s standpoint with regards to the pops is probably best described as commonsensical and, of course, humorous. Also on the panel are Jean Metcalfe and Bill Crozier, two experts on discs who are usually at opposing ends of the Family Favourites link.
    Family Favourites, 12 to 1.30pm, Sundays

     

  • 153

    Saturday 30 June 1962


    Panel: Jenny Angeloglou, Jimmy Henney, Stubby Kaye +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Swinging Gently – Earl Grant (Brunswick) HIT
    Rome – Anne Shelton (Philips) HIT
    I Remember You – Frank Ifield (Columbia) HIT
    Right Said Fred – Bernard Cribbins (Parlophone) HIT
    Marianna – Johnny Mathis (CBS) MISS
    Cannonball – Johnny Dankworth (Columbia) HIT


    Frank Ifield: “I know the panel voted I Remember You a resounding hit. I didn’t see it myself but I was working in Bristol and the audience told me about it. I sang I Remember You about four or five times that night so I suddenly felt like an overnight sensation.”

    Should professional artists have only part of their records played on Juke Box Jury – to be criticised by an unqualified panel?
    Alley Cat, 6 July 1962

  • 154

    Saturday 7 July 1962


    Panel: Jane Asher, Roy Castle, Rosemary Clooney +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Wicked Woman – Don Lang (Decca) MISS
    Little Miss Lonely – Helen Shapiro (Columbia) HIT
    Laughin’ The Blues – Sheb Wooley (MGM) HIT
    But Not For Me – Ketty Lester (London) HIT
    Doesn’t Anybody Make Short Movies Anymore – Col James (Oriole) HIT
    In A Persian Market – George Chisholm (Philips) HIT
    Sweet And Lovely – Allisons (Fontana) MISS
    Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT


     

  • 155

    Saturday 14 July 1962


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Jack Jackson, Godfrey Winn +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    I’m Moving On – Beryl Bryden (Columbia) MISS
    Little Bitty Pretty One – Clyde McPhatter (Mercury) HIT
    Once Upon A Dream – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
    That Noise – Anthony Newley (Decca) HIT
    Where Are You – Dinah Washington (Columbia) MISS
    Things – Bobby Darin (London) HIT
    Football Results – Michael Bentine (Parlophone) MISS
    Gotta See Baby Tonight – Acker Bilk (Columbia) HIT
    Not Never Not Now – Suzy Cope (HMV) MISS
    Chills – Tony Orlando (Columbia) MISS


     

  • 156

    Saturday 21 July 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Alan Freeman, Sheila Hancock, Gary Miller


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Vacation – Connie Francis (MGM) HIT
    Under The Bamboo Tree – Clinton Ford (Oriole) MISS
    ’S Wonderful – Ray Conniff (CBS) MISS
    I’ll Always Be In Love With You – Ella Fitzgerald (HMV) MISS
    How Many Nights – Alan Fielding (Decca) MISS
    Outbreak Of Murder – Gordon Franks (Parlophone) HIT
    Johnny Summertime – Susan Singer (Oriole) MISS
    Fortune Teller – Bobby Curtola (London) HIT
    Welcome Home Baby – Brook Brothers (Pye) HIT


    PFTP 260762
    I watch with amusement when the jurors are obviously wrestling with their own consciences but are anxious to put in a good word for an indifferent piece.
    Mrs D Hughes, Hornchurch

  • 157

    Saturday 28 July 1962


    Panel: Alan Dell, Shirley Eaton, Susan Franks, Jimmy Justice


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Dancin’ Party – Chubby Checker (Columbia) HIT
    Come To Me – Ken Dodd (Columbia) HIT
    Peter And The Wolf – Clyde Valley Stompers (Parlophone) MISS
    Roses Are Red – Ronnie Carroll (Philips) HIT
    Guitar Tango – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    The Lads O’Bonnie Scotland – Andy Stewart (HMV) MISS
    Down The River Nile – John Leyton (HMV) HIT
    To This Man – Lena Martell (HMV) MISS
    Blitz Medley – Russ Conway (Columbia) MISS


    Hardly anything pleased Jimmy Justice on Juke Box Jury.
    Alley Cat, 3 August 1962

  • 158

    Saturday 4 August 1962


    Panel: Rose Brennan, Brian Rix, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Yesterday (check title) – Polka Dots (Philips) MISS
    Seven Day Weekend – U S Bonds (Stateside) HIT
    Steptoe And Son – Geoff Love (Columbia) HIT
    Goody Goody – Frank Sinatra (Reprise) MISS
    The Cure – Smitty Williams (MGM) MISS
    I Sat Back And Let It Happen – Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury) HIT
    Swahili Papa – Springfields (Philips) HIT
    Sealed With A Kiss – Brian Hyland (HMV) HIT
    Little Sue – Dowlands (Oriole) MISS


    Producer Neville Wortman had joined the BBC after a spell as a cartoonist for ITV and time on Cool For Cats: “I was hoping to ease my way into the BBC. Twist had become one of the rages and I was going to direct a programme on that with Barry Lupino whose sister was Ida Lupino, the American film star. He got smashed up in a car accident and Johnnie Stewart was brought in. He had been doing Juke Box Jury and so he came out of that. The twist didn’t last very long and nor did the show. It was nicely shot though, a good show.”

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I was asked to pick it up as it had got very staid. It had become more of a family show than something for teenagers. Bill Cotton Jr and I were the two youngest producers at the BBC – I was just under 30.”

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I was determined to get more interesting panellists on Juke Box Jury, some people who had a real interest in popular music. I tried to build up really good panels and I filmed it in a different way too as I placed the cameras in unusual positions. I featured a lot more of the audience and got their expressions. We used to look for characters and I would get people out looking for characters whom we could invite to the show. We would walk to someone in the street and say, “Please come”. We were fighting head on with Thank Your Lucky Stars. They had a great style of programming for teenagers and I knew Philip Jones very well. They had a very stylish programme and Juke Box Jury wasn’t that. We were fighting for our lives with that programme. The BBC wanted to grab an audience at six and they thought that if you had them then, you should have them through the evening.”

  • 159

    Saturday 11 August 1962


    Panel: Stubby Kaye, Bunny Lewis, Juliet Mills, Nancy Spain


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    So Do I – Kenny Ball (Pye) HIT
    Shamrocker – Zen Tracy (Decca) HIT
    Call Me Mr In-Between – Burl Ives (Brunswick) HIT
    Some People – Jet Harris (Decca) MISS
    Pick A Bale Of Cotton – Lonnie Donegan (Pye) HIT
    I’ve Got To Learn To Forget – Susan Maughan (Philips) MISS
    Ballad Of Paladin – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
    Puff – Kenny Lynch (HMV) HIT
    Quando Quando Quando – Joe Loss (HMV) HIT


    Shirley Bassey’s next single, What Now My Love, with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra is her best ever.
    Alley Cat, 17 August 1962
    …and voted a Hit on Juke Box Jury too.

  • 160

    Saturday 18 August 1962


    Panel: Ray Conniff, Jean Metcalfe, Sylvia Syms, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Hully Gully – Don Costa (CBS) MISS
    Teenage Idol – Rick Nelson (London) MISS
    Will I What – Mike Sarne (Parlophone) HIT
    What Now My Love – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) HIT
    The Locomotion – Little Eva (London) HIT
    Don’t That Beat All – Adam Faith (Parlophone) MISS
    So Wrong – Patsy Cline (Brunswick) MISS
    Sheila – Tommy Roe (HMV) HIT
    To Love And Be Loved – Vic Dana (Liberty) HIT

  • 161

    Saturday 25 August 1962


    Panel: Dora Bryan, Jack Jackson, Malou Pantera, David Tomlinson
    DB in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Prince’s
    DT in Boeing-Boeing at Apollo


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Jazz Theme From Dr Kildare – Stan Getz (HMV) MISS
    Don’t Let Me Stand In Your Way – Frankie Avalon (Pye) HIT
    Tell All The World About You – Peggy Lee (Capitol) HIT
    Your Tender Look – Joe Brown (Piccadilly) HIT
    Party Lights – Stephen Sinclair (HMV) HIT
    Hidden Persuasion – Frank Sinatra (Capitol) HIT
    She’s Not You – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Everynight – Paul Anka (RCA) HIT
    Baby Baby – Perry Ford & the Sapphires (Decca) HIT


    8 hits and one miss.

    Daily Mirror 250862 with photograph
    Lovely Italian actress Malou Pantera, 24, is on JBJ this evening – all because of her voice. TV producer Neville Wortman heard Malou presenting her late night disc show, Bonne Nuit, on the Light Programme. “A lovely voice,” he said, “I wonder what she looks like.”

  • 162

    Saturday 1 September 1962


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Jimmy Henney, Robert Morley, Elaine Stritch
    Elaine Stritch appearing in Sail Away at the Savoy


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Hey There – Buddy Greco (Columbia) HIT
    It’ll Be Me – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    Can You Waddle – Spartans (Stateside) MISS
    It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carole King (London) MISS
    Little Diane – Dion (Stateside) MISS
    We Won’t Say Goodbye – Kaye Sisters (Philips) MISS
    Devil Woman – Marty Robbins (CBS) HIT
    Jumble Sale – Petula Clark (Pye) MISS
    What’s Gonna Happen When Summer’s Done – Freddy Cannon (Stateside) MISS
    Dance With Mr Domino – Fats Domino (London) MISS


    Voted misses on tomorrow’s Juke Box Jury – Petula Clark’s Jumble Sale, Dion’s Little Diane, Fat Domino’s Dance With Mr Domino and the Kaye Sisters’ Goodbye.
    Alley Cat, 31 August 1962
    Four correct decisions!

  • 163

    Saturday 8 September 1962, 6.30-7pm

    by now (Recorded)


    Panel: Dick Emery, Maggie Fitzgibbon, Alan Freeman +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    I’m The Girl From Wolverton Mountain – Jo Ann Campbell (Columbia) MISS
    Lollipops And Roses – Doug Sheldon (Decca) MISS
    No Love But Your Love – Marion Ryan (Columbia) MISS
    A Taste Of Honey – Victor Feldman (Fontana) MISS
    It Started All Over Again – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) HIT
    You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
    Hercules – Frankie Vaughan (Philips) MISS
    Blue Weekend – Karl Denver (Decca) MISS
    Forgive Me – Babs Tino (London) HIT


    Steve Race to Johnnie Stewart, 130962,
    “Rumour has it that you are taking over JBJ, a programme which I did apparently with some success under Stewart Morris, but have not got near with Billy Cotton, nor do I seem likely to. If you are really taking over the show again, would you make sure I am on the list please.”

  • 164

    Saturday 15 September 1962


    Panel: Rupert Davies, Dion, Fenella Fielding +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Point Of No Return – Gene McDaniels (Liberty) HIT
    There Is No Greater Love – Wanderers (MGM) MISS
    Chattanooga Choo Choo – Xavier Cugat (Mercury) HIT
    House To Let – Eden Kane (Decca) HIT
    A Forever Kind Of Love – Bobby Vee (Liberty) HIT
    Let’s Dance – Chris Montez (London) HIT
    Ramblin’ Rose – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) HIT
    Don’t You Believe It – Andy Williams (CBS) HIT
    Venus In Blue Jeans – Mark Wynter (Pye) HIT


    Producer Neville Wortman: “I used to see the guests first to make sure that they had an interest in music per se. If they didn’t, there was no point in having them on the panel at all. I remember Rupert Davies brought a different slant on it. We were always trying to cater for the largest possible audience and not just a teenage audience. The audience for Thank Your Lucky Stars was mostly teenagers. The BBC has mostly broadcast programmes for the family.”

  • 165

    Saturday 22 September 1962


    Panel: Ian Carmichael, Hy Hazell, Mike Sarne +1
    HH in Lock Up Your Daughters at Her Majesty’s


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    If A Man Answers – Bobby Darin (Capitol) HIT
    Bobby’s Girl – Susan Maughan (Philips) HIT
    Close To Cathy – Mike Clifford (United Artists) MISS
    Rinky Dink – Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez (Pye) MISS
    Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On – Johnny Tillotson (London) HIT
    Sherry – Four Seasons (Stateside) MISS
    Til Tomorrow – Kathie Kay (Columbia) MISS
    A Taste Of Honey – Lenny Welch (London) MISS

  • 166

    Saturday 29 September 1962


    Panel: Liz Fraser, Stan Stennett, Tony Withers +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    The Longest Day – Mitch Miller (CBS) MISS
    Ever Since You Said Goodbye – Marty Wilde (Philips) HIT
    Moonglow – Sarah Vaughan (Columbia) MISS
    Junk Shop – Harry H Corbett (Pye) HIT
    Your Nose Is Gonna Grow – Johnny Crawford (London) MISS
    Your Nose Is Gonna Grow – Christine Quaife (Oriole) HIT
    Lover – Johnny De Little (Columbia) HIT
    A Wonderful Dream – Majors (London) MISS
    Pretty Jenny – Jess Conrad (Decca) HIT


    Letter from Beatrice Chalmers, Falkirk in Record Retailer: “Through your columns, may I, a record assistant, appeal to David Jacobs to put Juke Box Jury on a little later on Saturday evenings. You see, throughout the week, we are asked for records by the buying public but every often the only clue is ‘Three of them voted it a miss’ or some actress thought it was ‘smashing’ or it has ‘girl’ or ‘moon’ or ‘twist’ in the title. We want to to hear the programmes too but we do work for our wages and the boss pays us to serve customers until 6pm eery Saturday.” (041062)

  • 167

    Saturday 6 October 1962, 6-6.30pm


    Panel: Petula Clark, Hattie Jacques, Pete Murray, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Nicola – King Brothers (Parlophone) MISS
    He Got What He Wanted – Little Richard (Mercury) HIT
    Tender Is The Night – Gogi Grant (Ember) MISS
    Madam Moscovitch – Clinton Ford (Oriole) MISS
    Keep Away From Other Girls – Helen Shapiro (Columbia) HIT
    Swing Low – Floyd Cramer (RCA) HIT
    Oh Lonesome Me – Craig Douglas (Decca) HIT


     

  • 168

    Saturday 13 October 1962


    Panel: Angela Huth, Sid James, Don Moss, Eric Sykes
    Was Ketty Lester replacing one of them?
    Angela Huth was a critic


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Lovesick Blues – Frank Ifield (Columbia) HIT
    Sweet Enough – Louise Cordet (Decca) MISS
    Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke (RCA) HIT
    Must Be Madison – Joe Loss (HMV) MISS
    Gina – Johnny Mathis (CBS) HIT
    Because Of Love – Billy Fury (Decca) MISS
    Goodbye Joe – Alma Cogan (Columbia) MISS
    No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile – Everly Brothers (Warner) HIT
    Little Black Book – Jimmy Dean (CBS) HIT
    Lonely Johnny – John Leyton (HMV) MISS


    Cracked Eric Sykes on Juke Box Jury, “I saw Helen Shapiro on the Adam Faith TV show – with the sound turned off.”
    Alley Cat, 12 October 1962

    PFTP 181062
    Eager though I am to watch JBJ, it would make a change to have an all-teenage panel once in a while, not necessarily consisting of stars.
    Many female panel members seem to be in a perpetual daze, unable to make any pertinent comment. Why not come down to earth?
    It must be remembered that it is teenage opinion which makes or breaks these songs.
    Peter Bundock, Boothville, Northampton

    New Billy Fury, Louise Cordet and John Leyton releases voted misses on Juke Box Jury.
    Alley Cat, 19 October 1962

  • 169

    Saturday 20 October 1962


    Panel: Claire Bloom, Beryl Reid, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    The Things We Did Last Summer – Shelley Fabares (Pye) MISS
    Love Me Tender – Richard Chamberlain (MGM) HIT
    Playin’ Games – Connie Francis (MGM) HIT
    I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett (CBS) HIT
    Hully Gully Baby – Dovells (Cameo-Parkway) MISS
    It’s My Way – Don Charles (Decca) MISS
    When The Boys Get Together – Joannie Sommers (Warner) MISS
    Warmed Over Kisses – Brian Hyland (HMV) HIT
    Stories – Peppi (Decca) HIT


    Connie Francis recorded Playin’ Games in 1956. B-side of I Was Such A Fool.

    DJ presenting Wednesday Magazine on TV from 1.30 to 2pm

    On Friday 26 October 1962, there was a Juke Box Jury evening at the Cheshunt Boys Club organised by Marsden’s Record Store. The guests were Johnnie Carson, Louise Cordet, Don Charles and Patti Lynn.
    The panel was Norman Long (Ember), Mike Hitches (Pye), Joe Betteridge (Lugton’s) and Ron Lockyer (Southern Music).
    The MC was Ray Orchard.
    The jukebox came from Symploy and the evening was reported to be very successful.

  • 170

    Saturday 27 October 1962


    Panel: Polly Elwes, Sid James, Steve Race +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    The Madison’s back in town – Billy Dawn and the Madison Mashers (CBS) HIT
    (The only UK single released by this act.)
    My Love And Devotion – Matt Monro (Parlophone) HIT
    The Main Attraction – Pat Boone (London) MISS
    Buttons And Bows – Tommy Bruce (Columbia) HIT
    Heartaches – Patsy Cline (Brunswick) MISS
    Desafinado – Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd (HMV) MISS
    If Only Tomorrow – Ronnie Carroll (Philips) MISS
    It Only Took A Minute – Joe Brown (Piccadilly) MISS
    James Hold The Ladder Steady – Sue Thompson (Fontana) HIT

  • 171

    Saturday 3 November 1962


    Panel: Sam Costa, Pete Murray, June Thorburn +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Thief In The Night – Johnny Towers (Philips) MISS
    I’m Gonna Change Everything – Jim Reeves (RCA) MISS
    Slightly Out Of Tune – Mavis Rivers (Reprise) MISS
    (Dance With The) Guitar Man – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
    A Touch Of The OBJ’s – Bruce Forsyth (Pye) HIT
    Tell Me Telstar – Patti Lynn (Fontana) MISS
    Hail To The Conquering Hero – James Darren (Pye) MISS
    Big Man – Kathy Kirby (Decca) MISS
    That Stranger – Viscounts (Pye) HIT


     

  • 172

    Saturday 10 November 1962


    Panel: Jane Asher, George Hamilton, Stubby Kaye +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    The Road – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT
    Small World – Johnny Mathis (CBS) HIT
    Sounds Like Locomotion – Sounds Inc (Decca) MISS
    White Wedding – Sheila Southern (HMV) MISS
    Eso Beso – Paul Anka (RCA) HIT
    Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – Anita Ray (MGM) HIT
    Next Door To An Angel – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT
    Pop Pop Pop-Pie – Sherrys (London) HIT
    Believe I’m No Fool – Cloda Rogers (Decca) HIT


    Cloda Rogers, 15 years old

    Producer Neville Wortman: “Jane Asher was used a lot as she was so intelligent and bright and sparkling. She was so well in with the scene too. Lovely person.”

  • 173

    Saturday 17 November 1962, 6-6.30pm


    Panel: Edie Adams, Alan Dell +2


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Together Wherever We Go – Beverley Sisters (Columbia) MISS
    Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch (HMV) HIT
    Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) HIT
    You’ll Never Get Away From Me – Tony Bennett (CBS) MISS
    Scales – B.Bumble & the Stingers (Stateside) HIT
    Always You And Me – Russ Conway (Columbia) MISS
    I’ve Been Everywhere – Mudlarks (Decca) HIT
    Here’s Hopin’ – Carter-Lewis & the Southerners (Piccadilly) HIT
    Baby Face – Bobby Darin (London) HIT


    Memo from Head of Light Entertainment, Television
    21 November 1962
    “I would just like to remind you that Arthur Askey will be available for either Juke Box Jury or What’s My Line, in the Jan/March Quarter, and any use you can make of him during this period would be appreciated.”
    Response: “We tried him on What’s My Line once and he was no good. Took no trouble and taught us a lesson.” Cecil Maddon

  • 174

    Saturday 24 November 1962


    Panel: Arther Askey, Dora Bryan, Kenneth Mars, Jean Metcalfe


    Producer: Neville Wortman (Actually, Presented by…)


    Records played:
    Return To Sender – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Island Of Dreams – Springfields (Philips) MISS
    The Next Time – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    Fly Me To The Moon – Joe Harnell & his Orchestra (London) MISS
    All Through The Night – Lynne Adams (Ember) MISS
    Baby Take A Bow – Adam Faith (Parlophone) HIT
    Where Have All The Flowers Gone – George Mitchell Singers (HMV) MISS
    Don’t Light The Fire ’Til After Santa’s Gone – Terry Scott (Parlophone) MISS
    Happiness Tree – Norman Vaughan (Pye) MISS
    If You Were A Rock’n’Roll Record – Freddy Cannon (Stateside) HIT


    Scott’s record was a B-side: A-side was My Brother.

    Askey paid 30g, date given is 23.11.62

    DailyMirror, 271162
    The BBC dropped plans to replace JBJ with a big teenage show. The intention was to have a 45 minute show on the 6.5 Special formula with a 15 minute “disc verdict”. After looking a try out with guest star Bobby Vee, and The John Barry Orchestra, Tom Sloan decided to keep JBJ as it was.

    JBJ used to be from the Television Theatre but it is now produced from a studio at the Television Centre with only 100 seats. The waiting list for tickets closed in January and people have been waiting about a year for tickets.

  • 175

    Saturday 1 December 1962

    (Recorded Nov 23)


    Panel: Arthur Askey, Johnny Mathis, Janette Scott, Helen Shapiro


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Keep Your Hands Off My Baby – Little Eva (London) HIT
    Go Away Little Girl – Ray Bennette (Decca) MISS
    Me And My Shadow – Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr (Reprise) MISS
    Jingle Bell Rock – Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell (Cameo Parkway) MISS
    Merry Christmas You Suckers – Paddy Roberts (Decca) MISS
    He’s Got Love – Tommy Steele (Decca) HIT
    Tell Me Again In The Morning – Anne Shelton (Philips) MISS
    Tom Hark – Jimmy Powell (Decca) MISS


    Askey paid 30g, Mathis the same.

    Mathis highly critical of Tommy Steele disc in particular, resulting in a backlash.

    Marty Wilde: “I liked watching JBJ more than being on it. You had to give opinions. Johnny Mathis gave opinions on some British artists and it did him a lot of harm. If you were a DJ you had to be careful too. If you were a singer, then the show was the kiss of death. If I had knocked the Beatles, it would have done for me, so I had to be more tactful. At the end of the day, people put their hearts and souls into making records and to hear them cut to shreds must have been terrible. I did knock a record, Wipe Out, by the Surfaris. I thought it was dreadful and I got such abusive letters that I knew I’d never do it again. Never tell the truth.”

    Cracked Bob Hope: “For his next record, Tommy Steele is dedicating Come Outside to Johnny Mathis.”
    NME, 4 January 1963

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I didn’t think that Johnny Mathis was going to be controversial at all. He was doing a BBC show for Yvonne Littlewood and I thought that he would be understanding and polite about the records. We all called him the African Queen (laughs). He started to let go, particularly on Tommy Steele, much to the shock of everyone really, that an American should be criticising our singers in this way.”

  • 176

    Saturday 8 December 1962


    Panel: Carole Carr, Adam Faith, Edmund Purdom +1
    Fourth member probably Linda Christian


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Pastures Of Plenty – Karl Denver (Decca) HIT
    Dear Lonely Hearts – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) MISS
    Dance On – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – Connie Francis (MGM) HIT
    Big Noise From Winnetka – Cozy Cole (Coral) MISS
    Your Cheatin’ Heart – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
    Love Came To Me – Dion (Stateside) MISS
    Don’t You Think It’s Time – Mike Berry (HMV) HIT
    Chains – Cookies (London) HIT
    Greenback Dollar – Lee Corvette (Decca) MISS


    TW3 era

    JBJ usually too easy, too unadventurous and the programme is invariably ruined by the comments of the panel.
    Dennis Potter, Daily Herald,101262

  • 177

    Saturday 15 December 1962


    Panel: Lonnie Donegan, Nancy Spain, Ron Randell, Mai Zetterling


    Producer: Neville Wortman

    Records played:
    You Gotta Have Love – Cleo Laine (Fontana) HIT
    All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Dick Emery (Philips) MISS
    How Did He Look – Ruby Murray (Columbia) MISS
    Fly Over – Frank Barber (Ember) MISS
    Comin’ Home Baby – Mel Torme (London) HIT
    The Alley Cat Song – David Thorne (Stateside) HIT
    The Hipster – Cyril Stapleton (Decca) HIT
    Gonna Settle Down – Col James (Oriole) MISS
    I’ll Cross My Fingers – Allisons (Fontana) HIT
    I Can’t Help It – Johnny Tillotson (London) MISS


    BBC drops plans to do a new big teenage show on Saturday evening.
    Was to be produced by Neville Wortman and was to rival TYLS
    JBJ said to have audience of 9m.
    Goes to 3.8m homes (10m) whereas ITV has 3.6m.

  • 178

    Saturday 22 December 1962


    Panel: Alma Cogan, Sheila Hancock, David Tomlinson +1
    Sheila Hancock appearing in Rattle Of A Simple Man at Garrick
    David Tomlinson still appearing in Boeing-Boeing


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    He Thinks I Still Care – Jaye P Morgan (MGM) HIT
    How Much Is That Doggie In The Window – Baby Jane & the Rockabyes (United Artists) HIT
    If This Should Be A Dream – Christine Campbell (Parlophone) MISS
    Theme From The Dick Powell Show – Tony Hatch (Pye) HIT
    White Christmas – Nina & Frederick (Columbia) HIT
    Gospel Theme – Ted Heath ((Decca) HIT
    Charmaine – Bachelors (Decca) MISS
    Pitter Pitter Patter – Jimmy Charles (Windsor) MISS

  • 179

    Saturday 29 December 1962


    Panel: Shirley Anne Field, Robert Morley, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    A Very Good Year For Girls – Vic Dana (Liberty) MISS
    The Gift Of Love – Ronnie Hilton (HMV) HIT
    Big Girls Don’t Cry – Four Seasons (Stateside) HIT
    Suki-Yaki – Kenny Ball (Pye) HIT
    Love Me Forever – Paula Watson (No number yet) MISS
    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans (London) MISS
    Globetrotter – Tornados (Decca) HIT
    Butter Wouldn’t Melt In Your Mouth – Tommy Steele (Decca) HIT
    Ruby Ann – Marty Robbins (CBS) HIT
    I Saw Linda Yesterday – Doug Sheldon (Decca) MISS


     

  • 76

    Saturday 14 January 1961


    Panel: Dick Bentley, Catherine Boyle, Steve Race,. Patricia Roc


    Sheila Greenwood (15), Enfield
    “The programme is often spoilt by a rather old-fashioned square jury who vote songs misses which are bound to be hits. Nothing pleases me more than when David Jacobs offers his opinion at these times and says that they will definitely be hits.”

    Steve Race, letter 160161 to Stewart Morris
    It was something of an ordeal for a first time panellist but I hope the result was the kind of thing you wanted.

    Letter 180661:
    “How good it was to see Steve Race injecting some good sense and judgment into JBJ.”
    “The press I got after last year’s appearance made me think I’d done a good job.”Record Retailer.
    “Steve Race and Dick Bentley analysed the tunes and the performances but Patricia Roc smiled and waffled.
    Anne Scott-James, Observer

  • 77

    Saturday 21 January 1961


    Panel: Petula Clark, Peggy Mount, Dickie Valentine + 1


    Dickie Valentine’s only appearance as a panel member.
    210260 – Letter to JBJ from his agent.
    “Dickie Valentine has expressed a desire to act as a panellist on Juke Box Jury. Is there any possibility of him appearing on March 12, 19 or 26?”
    Letter has No written on it.

  • 78

    Saturday 28 January 1961


    Panel: Gloria De Haven, Pete Murray, Frankie Vaughan +1


    De Haven billed as appearing with David Nixon in Startime on Sunday

    Hit Parade, Feb 1961
    C.R.Allenby, Leeds
    “Tuned in late to a recent JBJ just after one of the discs had been announced and felt sure I was listening to another recording by the Shadows. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was Rhet Stoller’s Chariot. What a pity this talented group had to cash in on someone else’s sound to reach the charts. Oh for a bit of originality in instrumentals!”

    040261 Shirelles, Will You Love Me Tomorrow
    “After a four way slating by the experts on Juke Box Jury, it is only fair to point out that this is No. 1 in America. Not my personal choice, but it does have teenage appeal” (Jo Day, World’s Fair) Amazing when it is such a brilliant record.

  • 79

    Saturday 4 February 1961


    Panel: Monty Babson, Keith Fordyce, Marion Ryan +1


    Keith Fordyce was a Cambridge MA

  • 81

    Saturday 18 February 1961


    Panel: Anthea Askey, Arthur Askey, Carole Carr + 1


    Records played:
    Samantha – Kenny Ball and his Jazzman (Pye) HIT (3-1)
    Ja-Da – Johnny and The Hurricanes (London American) HIT


    Kenny Ball: “The JBJ panel voted it a hit and only Arthur Askey gave it the thumbs down. He said, ‘I’m not a jazz fan.’”

  • 82

    Saturday 25 February 1961


    Panel: Glen Mason, Lita Roza, Susannah York +1


    Glen Mason making his first appearance: “The trend today might be said to be the noise.” (Radio Times) He watched football every Saturday and got home in time for Juke Box Jury. On Sunday he played with the Showbiz XI.

  • 83

    Saturday 4 March 1961


    Panel: Shirley Abicair, David Gell, Frankie Howerd +1


    Abicair at the Albert Hall on Sunday was making her first JBJ appearance. She said, of hit songs: “It seems that repetition is the thing. Repetition, plenty of noise and some sort of gimmick like leaving out words or notes.”

    Radio Times, 090361
    T. Hillyer, Trowbridge
    “The Juke Box Jury panel was 100% in favour of 76 Trombones becoming a hit. The morning after the panel of Easy Beat voted 75% against the tune becoming a hit, so any bets?” (The Easy Beat feature was called Going Up”)

  • 84

    Saturday 11 March 1961


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Eric Skyes, Jimmy Young +1


    Excellent contribution by Jimmy Young to recent ‘Juke Box Jury’ must earn return visit.
    Alley Cat, 24 March 1961

  • 86

    Saturday 25 March 1961


    Panel: Lana Morris, Ray Orchard, Wolf Mankowitz +1

     

    Radito Times, 300361
    M A Lyon, Cheshunt
    “To raise money for school funds, we held a Juke Box Jury of our own. The members of the panel were teachers and so was the chairman. Halfway through the scenery collapsed and everyone killed themselves with laughter. One of the teachers used to teach Cliff Richard and when this was announced all the girls screamed. Altogether we made more than £8 as the entrance fee was sixpence a head.”

    Radio Times, 060461
    Anne Morehouse, Joan Blackburn and Margaret Danes, Bromyard
    “We are now watching Juke Box Jury and are disgusted to see once more that not one of the jury is under 25. This is the case nearly every week. We like the programme but we want a younger panel – there are many young celebrities who could appear. Being teenagers ourselves – the section of the public that buys these records – we would like to see our generation represented.” (Probably watching 250361)

  • 87

    Saturday 1 April 1961


    Panel: Jean Bayless, Brian Matthew, Eric Sykes +1


    Radio Times says this is the 86th edition.
    Audience is said to be 15 million!
    Stewart Morris: “The big names of show business are seldom averse to jury service.”
    Panel of three teenagers is called “the ultimate authority”.

    Biggest disappointment of the week: Beatrice Lillie on ‘Juke Box Jury’.
    Alley Cat, 7 April 1961

    Daily Mirror, 070461
    Producer Russell Turner, 33, provides his last programme for the BBC tonight with Robert Harbin’s Mystery And Magic. After six years with the Corporation, Turner is going into freelance TV, film and stage production work. “I’ve done all I can at the BBC,” he said, “We mutually agreed to part.”

    First Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1 April 1961, ABC-TV
    Shameless rip-off of JBJ with Spin-A-Disc, marks out of five.
    Janice Nicholls, emphasising show’s Birmingham link.
    Brian Matthew host.

    080461 World’s Fair Little Boy Sad “real swinger with lots of appeal. If you are still in doubt, well, that certain TV programme voted it a Miss.”

  • 88

    Saturday 8 April 1961


    Panel: Janet Munro, Ray Orchard, Cliff Richard +1


    Cliff Richard was going straight to Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Beat Show

  • 89

    Saturday 15 April 1961


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Zena Marshall, Harry Robinson +1


    Voted a miss by last Saturday’s ‘Juke Box Jury’ – Duane Eddy’s ‘Theme From Dixie’ – with teenager from audience, Graham Hughes, on panel too!
    Alley Cat, 21 April 1961

  • 90

    Saturday 22 April 1961


    Panel: Frances Bennett, Jill Browne, Ian Carmichael, Jack Jackson,


    In sharp contrast to predecessor, Bill Cotton Jr’s presentation credit on last Saturday’s ‘Juke Box Jury’ couldn’t have been smaller.
    Alley Cat, 28 April 1961

    Radio Times, 270461
    Susan Webb, Wratting, Cambs:
    May I offer my suggestion as to the composition of a perfect Juke Box Jury panel?
    (1) A teenager, preferably an unknown one,
    (2) A pop disc-jockey of any age
    (3) A comedian as, for example, Eric Sykes
    (4) An older person with mature musical tastes, but broadminded enough to accept popular music)
    With these four, a judgement could be made to please everyone. I myself would like a teenager because I am one myself, and a person with better musical taste because I like classical music as well.”

    Bill Cotton Jr in NME 1962 Annual: “David Jacobs never falls short. He’s always there doing the right thing at the right time. He’s always completely unruffled – I’ve never known him to be thrown out of his stride.”

  • 93

    Saturday 13 May 1961


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Stubby Kaye, Bunny Lewis +1


    Stubby paid 30g for 6.5.61 so show must have been recorded

    ‘Juke Box Jury’ panel slammed Roy Orbison’s ‘Running Scared’.
    19 May 1961
    A classic example of a record which grows on you.

  • 94

    Saturday 20 May 1961


    Panel: Michael Bentine, Jean Metcalfe, Freddie Mills +1


    Return of Bill Cotton Jr

  • 96

    Saturday 3 June 1961


    Panel: Russ Conway, Jack Jackson, Kim Tracy +1


    Radio Times: “Jack Jackson’s brand of irreverent humour needed when things are getting too serious.”

    Times, 070661
    Jacqueline Gander, aged 15, of Eastbourne admitted stealing £80 which had been sent to the British Youth for Christ movement. She had appeared on JBJ last Saturday and she was told she must pay the fine of £15 when she receives the 30 guineas for appearing on the programme. She worked for a hairdresser under the office of the Movement and had collected mail for both of them. She said, “One I had started, I found it easy to continue.”
    Daily Mirror 070461
    “Her father thought his daughter had done ‘a disgraceful and terrible thing’.”

  • 97

    Saturday 10 June 1961


    Panel: Sonya Cordeau, Robert Morley, Cliff Richard +1 (All making The Young Ones)


    Records played:
    Temptation – Everly Brothers (Warner)
    Bee-Bom – Anthony Newley (Decca)
    The Miracle Of You –Danny Williams (HMV)
    The Man Who Invented Beer – Steve Benbow (Parlophone)
    Breakin’ In A Brand New Broken Heart – Connie Francis (MGM)
    Pancho – Max Harris (Fontana)
    Life’s A Holiday – Frank Ifield (Columbia)
    Stand By Me – Ben E King (London)

    Radio Times profile praises David Jacobs for his “adroit chairmanship”
    Jacobs’ background includes being a stable lad, ice skater, junior announcer
    He is chairman of the Spastics Charity and TV Personality of the Year
    He says, “Never be afraid to admit a mistake. It shows you’re human.”

  • 98

    Saturday 17 June 1961


    Panel: Alma Cogan, Lonnie Donegan, Mandy Miller, Nelson Riddle


    Pat Doncaster, Daily Mirror, 220661
    If you looked in on JBJ at the weekend, you will have heard Bob Wallis’ new record, I’m Shy, Mary Ellen, I’m Shy. Lonnie liked the record and hoped it would be a hit “because Bob Wallis owes me £8.10s.”
    In 1955 Bob had bought a camera from Lonnie for £10 but only had £1.12.9 on him at the time. Lonnie signed a picture of himself with the caption, You owe me £8.7.3d. Bob said, “I had forgotten all about it until he mentioned it on JBJ. It’s about time I coughed up.”
    Bob gave Pat Doncaster a cheque for the correct amount.

    Voted a hit by Juke Box Jury’s most distinguished panel (Nelson Riddle, Alma Cogan, Lonnie Donegan and Mandy Miller), Tommy Cooper’s ‘Don’t Jump Off The Roof, Dad’.
    Alley Cat, 23 June 1961

    Points From The Post, Radio Times.180561
    “Why do Juke Box Jury panellists nearly always refer to ‘the lyrics’ as if each number had several?” (Bernard Campion, Manaton, Devon)

  • 99

    Saturday 24 June 1961


    Panel: Shirley Bassey, Jimmy Henney, Jack Jackson +1


    Records played:
    Near You – Robb Storme (Decca)
    Get With It – Sandy Nelson (London)
    Nature Boy – Bobby Darin (London)
    Romeo – Petula Clark (Pye)
    Baby Sittin’ – Bobby Angelo & the Tuxedos (HMV)
    Three Swinging Chicks – Don Fox (Oriole)
    You Got What I Like – Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers (Parlophone)


    Many female hearts fluttered at George Hamilton (‘Juke Box Jury’, Saturday)
    Alley Cat, 30 June 1961

  • 100

    Saturday 1 July 1961


    Panel: Stubby Kaye, Brian Matthew, Sally Smith +1


    Producer: Bill Cotton Jr (then called Presentation)


    Records played:
    That’s My Home – Acker Bilk (Columbia)
    You Don’t Know – Helen Shapiro (Columbia)
    Dance On Little Girl – Paul Anka (Columbia)
    One Little Robin – Elaine & Derek (Parlophone)
    Please Stay – Drifters (London)
    Birmingham Rag – Valerie Masters (Fontana)
    Cupid – Sam Cooke (RCA)


    Helen Shapiro; “Stubby Kaye had a go at me when I was the victim behind the screen. As soon as he heard my deep voice, he said, ‘Oh, Henry Shapiro’. It helps to have a broad back in show business.”

    On ‘Juke Box Jury’, Brian Matthew’s intended humorous impression of Dick Katz in bad taste.
    Alley Cat, 7 July 1961

  • 101

    Saturday 8 July 1961


    Panel: Jack Jackson, Sam Costa, Helen Winston +1


    Helen Winston’s photo in RT


    Records played:
    With You In Mind – Alma Cogan (Columbia)
    Old Smokie – Johnny & the Hurricanes (London)
    I’m Comin’ On Back To You – Jackie Wilson (Coral)
    You Always Hurt The One You Love – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry (Pye)
    Book Of Love – Doug Sheldon (Decca)
    Hide And Seek – Marty Wilde (Philips)
    It’s All Happening –Mike Preston (Decca)


    ‘Juke Box Jury’ raved about Alma Cogan’s latest disc and liked Marty Wilde’s new one too. Only EMI disc-jockey Sam Costa didn’t like EMI singer Tommy Bruce’s latest disc.
    Alley Cat, 14 July 1961

    Record Retailer says that panel was divided about Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry but they defy opinions to vote it a hit.

     

  • 102

    Saturday 15 July 1961


    Panel: Paul Hollingdale, Lana Morris, Jimmy Young +1


    Records played:
    Tossin’ And Turnin’
    – Bobby Lewis (Parlophone)
    Adios My Love – Vera Lynn (MGM)
    The Writing On The Wall – Tommy Steele (Decca)
    Charlie Wasn’t There – Barbara Evans (Mercury)
    After You’ve Gone – Emile Ford (Piccadilly)
    Lucy’s Theme from Parrish – George Greeley (Warners)
    Don’t You Know It – Adam Faith (Parlophone)
    Our Little Doggie Ran Away – Rosemary Squires (HMV)
    Take A Fool’s Advice – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol)


    PFTP 130761
    Why do so many people in the audience have such vacant expressions on their faces? It seems as if the records were just another of those background noises, as indeed some of them are. I know that many of the records voted ‘hits’ would never be bought by the majority of us teenagers. A few of the ‘misses’ become favourite pops and soon we are singing them at home and at school.
    If Pick Of The Pops were broadcast at an earlier time, how many more teenagers would be allowed to listen to it. May I congratulate David Jacobs on his excellent compering of these two programmes.
    Anne McNab, 13¾, Glasgow

  • 103

    Saturday 22 July 1961


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Eydie Gormé, Bunny Lewis +1


    Quarter To Three – US Bonds (Top Rank)
    Reach For The Stars – Shirley Bassey (Columbia)
    Bonnie Banks – Davy Jones (Pye) HIT
    I See You – Jess Conrad (Decca)
    Something In The Air – Shani Wallis (Philips)
    Girls – Johnny Burnette (London)
    Teenage Concerto – Zack Lawrence (Parlophone)
    Frenesi – Frances Faye (HMV)
    How Many Tears – Bobby Vee (London)
    A Matter Of Who – Roy Castle (Philips)


    10 tracks!

    On ‘Juke Box Jury’, Eydie Gormé claimed her Frenesi was better than Frances Faye’s version.
    Alley Cat, 28 July 1961