Saturday 29 January 1966, 5.15-5.45pm
Panel: Spencer Davis, Maurice Kinn, Marion Ryan, Sara Leighton
Teenage casting vote panellist: David Rose
Producer: Travers Thorneloe
There Isn’t Anything – Gidian (Columbia) HIT
Sha-la-la-la-leee – The Small Faces – Decca
It’s All Right – The Hot Springs – Columbia
I’ll never Quite Get Over You – Billy Fury – Decca
You Baby – Jackie Trent – Pye
My Garden of Love – Benny Hill – Pye
There Isn’t Anything – Gidian – Columbia
Waiting Hero For Someone – Neil Landon – Decca
Teenage Failure – Chad and Jeremy – CBS
A Walk in the Black Forest – Salona Jones – Columbia
David Rose’s story of an appearance on Juke Box Jury
We are indebted to David Rose, a teenage casting vote panellist on an episode of Juke Box Jury in January 1966. Not only has he provided us with his story of that day, but also exceedingly rare photos of his appearance, taken by his grandfather, via tripod aimed directly at the family TV set. This was about the only way of getting a memento of a TV appearance in those days, well before home video and with no chance of subsequent video or DVD releases:
Presented by the very un-hip, slightly balding, 40-year-old David Jacobs, Juke Box Jury was panel show where four show business guests (the word “celebrity” had yet to be invented!) reviewed new record releases. David Jacobs would push a button on a juke box and a record would play whist the cameras randomly roved around the audience’s smiling faces, bored-looking panellists and various tapping feet and nodding heads – it was a pretty pedestrian show even by the standards of 60s telly. When the record was faded out after about a minute-and-a-half the four panellists would make inane comments and try to forecast whether it would be a “hit” or a “miss”. A hit was signalled with a “Ding” from a hotel porter’s bell, whilst a miss garnered a low farty noise from a hidden source under the desk. In the event of a tie the deciding vote was made by three members of the audience sitting in the front row who would each hold up a large circular disc with “Hit” on one side and “Miss” on the other.
So on 29th January we all – about 40 of us – met at the church hall, which was right behind the church, and while we were waiting for the coaches to arrive Pat, our organiser, said that the BBC had told them that for this new series instead of the three audience members holding up Hit and Miss discs, they were trying out having a young fifth panellist to give a “teenager’s view” and make the casting vote in the event of a tie – and, would they pick a member of our party to be that extra member of the panel.
A vote resulted in me being chosen to be the guinea pig. How that happened I can’t remember but I’m sure I didn’t volunteer. Maybe it was because I was dressed for the part — I was wearing a shirt from which I’d removed the collar and cuffs and dyed them black, whilst the body of the shirt I’d dyed purple. I stitched it all back together again – by hand! – and wore it with a yellow tie and my new first made-to-measure suit with twelve-inch flares and flared cuffs in a bright fawn corduroy with a bright red lining. I felt the bee’s knees! Sadly, it wasn’t colour TV in those days.
As soon as we arrived at the BBC TV Theatre (now the Shepherd’s Bush Empire) they asked me to fill out a release form with my name and contact details – and to write my name in capital letters on another sheet, before being whisked into the makeup room to emerge a few minutes later looking like I’d arrived fresh from the Bahamas.
In the green room I met my fellow panellists. There was Spencer Davis (of the Spencer David Group who had hit number one that week with “Keep on Running”); and Marion Ryan, a pretty blonde singer who had no hits but was still famous – probably because she was a pretty blonde singer. (She was also the mother of twins Paul and Barry Ryan who would be famous in their own right in the 1970s.)
Also in the green room I met Alan Freeman (one of the top djs on the BBC), Haley Mills (film star) and Marianne Faithfull – they were all there for the next episode of Juke Box Jury, which was to be recorded immediately after ours went out live.
I was ushered onto the stage to cheers of approval from the club and shook David Jacob’s hand before taking my seat behind my name, which they had obviously just put together from plastic letters slotted into a black velvet stand.
We then did a short run-through of a couple of records, chat and voting and then a man with a clip board and head set chatted to the audience about when to clap and to be “natural” and not to look into the camera if it was pointing at them – and then he counted down from ten, at 5.15 the theme music started – conveniently called “Hit and Miss”, performed by Ted Heath and his Orchestra.
During the programme I was called on several times to give my esteemed “teenage opinion” and vote – but the record that stood out for me was “I’ll Never Quite Get Over You” sung by Billy Fury. After some chat from the panel the record had two “Hits” and two “Misses”. The celebrity panel was split. My moment had arrived…
“So let’s see what our teenager makes of this one…” said David Jacobs, “over to you, David.”
I loved Billy Fury. Before the Beatles came along I wanted to be Billy Fury; then I wanted to be John Lennon – but, strangely, never Paul McCartney, Elvis or Cliff. I used to mime in my bedroom mirror “Halfway To Paradise” and “Jealousy” and I even sported a Billy Fury quiff. So it was a no-brainer. I said I loved the song, the orchestra, the words… and it would be a huge hit.
Meanwhile, back at home, my grandparents were watching the show. Grandpa set up his camera on a tripod and started to take photographs of the tiny TV screen. I contacted the BBC to see if the show exists in the archives but as the programme went out live, it seems no record of it exists – except my grandfather’s snaps.
David Rose, June 2020.
Saturday 19 September 1959, 6.50-7.15pm
Chairman: David Jacobs
Panel: Judy Carne, Petula Clark, Bill Maynard, Peter Noble
I Want To Walk You Home – Shane Rimmer (Columbia)
Angel Face – Billy Fury (Decca)
Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (Pye)
Sleepwalk – Ken Mackintosh (HMV)
You Were Mine – Tommy Steele (Decca)
Someone To Love – Anthony Newley (Decca)
Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin (London)
Saturday 18 April 1964, 5.55-6.30pm
Panel: Cilla Black, Catherine Boyle, Iain Gregory, Tommy Trinder
Producer: Neville Wortman
Can’t Buy Me Love – Ella Fitzgerald (Verve) MISS
Constantly – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
It’s Great – Monotones (Pye) MISS
Shout – Lulu & the Luvvers (Decca) HIT
I Will – Billy Fury (Decca) MISS
I’ll Be There, I’ll Be Waiting – Chimes (Decca) MISS
This Is My Prayer – Vera Lynn (HMV) MISS
What’s The Secret – Sammy King (HMV) MISS
Cilla Black paid 30g
Saturday 2 February 1963
Panel: Sean Connery, Diana Dors, Jean Metcalfe, Mike Sarne
Producer: Neville Wortman
I’m In Love – Buddy Greco (Columbia) HIT
Like I’ve Never Been Gone – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
Boss Guitar – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
Hey Paula – Paul & Paula (Philips) MISS
That’s What Love Will Do – Joe Brown (Piccadilly) HIT
Ooh ’e Didn’t – Jan & Kelly (Philips) HIT
What Will Mary Say – Johnny Mathis (CBS) MISS
The World Of Lonely People – Jimmy Justice (Pye) MISS
Oo La La Limbo – Danny & the Juniors (London) HIT
Dr No star, Sean Connery said ‘No’ to most Juke Box Jury discs.
NME, 8 February 1963
Saturday 11 May 1963
Panel: Carole Carr, Angela Douglas, Del Shannon, Johnny Tillotson
Producer: Harry Carlisle
Run Run Senorita – Wanderers (United Artists) HIT
Make Up Your Mind – Buddy Greco (Columbia) HIT
When Will You Say I Love You – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
What’s All That About – Zephyrs (Decca) MISS
Let’s Go Steady Again – Neil Sedaka (RCA) MISS
Take These Chains From My Heart – Ray Charles (HMV) HIT
The Bird On The Second Floor – Bernard Cribbins (Parlophone) HIT
So Little Time – Andy Williams (CBS) HIT
Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – Furys (Stateside) MISS
Mother Please – Jo Ann Campbell (Cameo-Parkway) MISS
Saturday 20 July 1963, 6-6.35pm
Panel: Keith Fordyce, France Nuyen, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams
Producer: Richard Evans
Yes I Do – Pete Maclaine & the Clan (Decca) MISS
You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry – Caravelles (Decca) MISS
Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love – Dee Dee Sharp (Cameo-Parkway) HIT
Taxi – Harry Robinson Crew (Decca) MISS
In Summer – Billy Fury (Decca) HIT
All I Want To Do Is Run – Elektras (United Artists) MISS
I Can’t Stop Loving You – Count Basie (Reprise) MISS
After You’ve Gone – Alice Babs (Fontana) MISS
Don’t Blow Us Up – Clay Morton (Decca) MISS
Green Green – New Christy Minstrels (CBS) MISS
Pete Maclaine: “I wrote Yes I Do in a Merseybeat style and it was voted a Miss largely because Kenneth Williams didn’t like it. Keith Fordyce thought it was okay. We knew it was going to be on and we were working in Prestatyn that night. We ran round the corner and knocked on the first house, explained who we were and that our record was going to be played. They asked us what it was called and they told us that it had already been on and had been voted a Miss, so we went to the pub.”
250763 Record Retailer
Two Philips salesmen and Don Moss did a Juke Box Jury at Catford School. They voted The Verdict Is Guilty by Susan Maughan a hit (of course).
Saturday 21 September 1963, 6-6.35pm
Panel: Dora Bryan, Alan Dell, Adam Faith, Caroline Mortimer
Producer: Richard Evans
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.”
F A Palmer, Cheshire.
Loud applause for the straightforward attack made recently by Adam Faith in defence of British discs.
Saturday 24 February 1962
Panel: Paul Anka, Carole Carr, Tony Orlando, Sheila Tracy
Producer: Harry Carlisle
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.”
Saturday 28 April 1962
Panel: Catherine Boyle, Johnny Burnette, Alan Freeman, Jean Metcalfe
Producer: Johnnie Stewart
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)
Saturday 14 July 1962
Panel: Catherine Boyle, Jack Jackson, Godfrey Winn, Maureen Cleave
Producer: Johnnie Stewart
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
Saturday 13 October 1962
Panel: Angela Huth, Don Moss, Sid James, Ketty Lester
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
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
Saturday 2 December 1961
Panel: Jill Browne, Harry Fowler, Pete Murray, June Thorburn
Producer: Harry Carlisle
You’ve Got To See Mamma – Kari Lynn (Oriole)
String Of Camels – Johnny Dankworth (Columbia)
Tonight – Ted Heath (Decca)
I’d Never Find Another You – Billy Fury (Decca)
Baby’s First Christmas – Connie Francis (MGM)
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen – Neil Sedaka (RCA)
Love Can Be – Lena Martell (HMV)
Happy Times – Tony Orlando (Fontana)
Spin-A-Disc with Ted King: Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Baby’s First Christmas, A Thousand Feet Below (Terry Tyler), Let There Be Drums
This was the first time JBJ had ventured out of the studios.
The BBC was having an At Home week in Portsmouth.
The audience was to include naval ratings, who were bound to be more vociferous than the usual teenage audience.
David Jacobs is ex navy himself, a Chatham rating.
Pete Murray has done 40 JBJs: “We are friends but what we say is sometimes slanderous to each other.”
Jill Browne is a third DJ as she is presenting her own BBC show.
After she was previously on JBJ (Programme 89), she was invited to make a record and it will be out soon.
When June Thorburn wants to slim, she puts on rock’n’roll records and jives away.
David Jacobs was exasperated with Harry Fowler on ‘Juke Box Jury’.
Alley Cat, 8 December 1961