• 36

    Saturday 12 March 1960, 6-6.30pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Paul Carpenter, Peter Murray, June Sylvaine


    Produced by Russell Turner
    Directed by Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling – Frank Sinatra (Capitol)
    Stairway To Heaven – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT
    Forget You – Milton Grayson (London)
    My Old Man’s A Dustman – Lonnie Donegan (Pye)
    (Welcome) New Lovers – Pat Boone (London)
    Valentino – Connie Francis (MGM)
    Paradise – Sammy Turner (London)

    Camera script unused: Beatnik Fly (Johnny & the Hurricanes) and I Believe In Love (Floyd Robinson)

    On ‘Juke Box Jury’, David Jacobs claimed that John Barry’s ‘Hit And Miss’ was first BBC signature tune to enter charts. Alley Cat, 18 March 1960

  • 45

    Saturday 14 May 1960


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Roy Castle, Russ Conway, Jeannette Sterke


    Records played:
    Step By Step – Steve Perry (HMV)
    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Tommy Bruce (Columbia)
    Cherry Pie – Skip & Flip
    Robot Man – Connie Francis (MGM) Side set
    I Wanna Go Home – Lonnie Donegan (Pye)
    Sing Like An Angel – Jerry Lordan (Parlophone)
    Paper Roses – Anita Bryant (London)
    The Urge – Freddy Cannon (Top Rank)
    I Was A Fool – Frankie Vaughan (Philips)

  • 65

    Saturday 29 October 1960


    Panel: Carmen McRae, Pete Murray, Nancy Spain, Richard Wyler


    Records played:
    Blue Angel – Roy Orbison (London) HIT (3-1)
    Just Call Me – Lloyd Price (HMV) MISS (0-4)
    M1 – The Ted Taylor Four (Oriole) HIT (3-1) (Ted Taylor mystery guest)
    Just As Much As Ever – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) HIT (4-0)
    My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own – Connie Francis (MGM) HIT (4-0)
    Summer’s Gone – Paul Anka (Columbia) MISS (1-3)


    Richard Wyler was “The Man from Interpol”

  • 02

    Monday 8 June 1959, 7.30-7.55pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Alma Cogan, Gary Miller, Pete Murray, Susan Stranks


    Records played:
    Nowhere In This World – Derry Hart & the Heartbeats (Decca)
    Kansas City – Little Richard (London)
    Camera script: was going to be Forty Days
    Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis (MGM) side set
    The Windows Of Paris – Tony Osborne & his Orchestra (HMV)
    All Night Long – Monty Babson (London)
    I-ay-ove-lay Oo-yay – Three Barry Sisters (Decca)


    Camera script: was going to be Red Shoes (Kirby Stone Four)
    Peter Gunn – Duane Eddy (London)
    Camera script unused: Sway (prob Norman Grant Orch), When You See Her (Lee & Jay Elvin)

    Reviewed by Nancy Spain in Daily Express the following day: “The BBC’s Juke Box Jury seems to be a dismal flop. Alma Cogan, Pete Murray, Gary Miller and a typical teenager called Susan Stranks are still hard at it guessing which records (if any) are gong to be hits and which misses. All four are conscientious and with the occasional exception of Alma Cogan, the most deadly bores. I actually heard Pete Murray speaking of a record which sounded to me like the insistent yowling of a tom-cat say it was a ‘prestige record’. If this programme has a value (which I rather doubt) it will be in the comparison which we can make between the panel’s prophecy and the actual hits.”

    “New Juke Box Jury signature tune waxed by Ossie Warlock and the Wizards; this nom de plume conceals Tony Osborne’s identity.” Alley Cat, 12 June 1959

  • 10

    Monday 24 August 1959, 7.30-7.55pm


    Panel: Judy Carne, Dickie Dawson, Pete Murray, Venetia Stevenson


    Records played:
    A Hoot An’ A Holler – Don Lang (HMV)
    I’m Gonna Get Married – Lloyd Price (HMV)
    Plenty Good Lovin’ – Connie Francis (MGM)
    Cry – Knightsbridge Strings (Top Rank)
    Midnight Flyer – Dave Cavanagh (Capitol)
    One More Sunrise – Leslie Uggams (Philips)
    A Girls Work Is Never Done – Chordettes (London) 1.52

  • 22

    Saturday 28 November 1959, 6.50-7.15pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Judy Carne, Peter Noble, Sylvie St Clair, Digby Wolfe


    Records played:
    Happy Prancer – Dance, Prancer & Nervous (Capitol)
    Still Small Voice – Perry Como (RCA)
    Loving Is A Way Of Living – Ilse Werner (Qualiton)
    Just About This Time Tomorrow – Tony Reese (London)
    The Meaning Of The Blues – Kalin Twins (Brunswick)
    Among My Souvenirs – Connie Francis (MGM)
    Roses From Venice – Donald Peers (Columbia)

  • 238

    Saturday 22 February 1964, 5.40-6.05


    Panel: Cilla Black, Sam Costa, James Garner, Susan Hampshire


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Big Town – Clevelands (Philips) HIT
    We Love You Beatles – Carefrees (Oriole) MISS
    Theme For Young Lovers – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Not Fade Away – Rolling Stones (Decca) HIT
    Blue Winter – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS
    Big Bad Bass – Jet Harris (Decca) MISS
    You’re Gonna Be My Girl – Chris Sandford & the Coronets (Decca) MISS
    Little Bitty Pretty One – Paramounts (Pye) HIT

  • 189

    Saturday 16 March 1963


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Angela Douglas, David Gell, Sid James


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Punish Her – Mike Preston (Decca) HIT
    Walk Like A Man – Four Seasons (Stateside) HIT
    Tomorrow Is Another Day – Maureen Evans (Oriole) MISS
    Cigarettes And Coffee Blues – Marty Robbins (Fontana) HIT
    Them Terrible Boots – Orlons (Cameo Parkway) HIT
    Follow The Boys – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS
    Misery – Kenny Lynch (HMV) HIT
    Say I Won’t Be There – Springfields (Philips) MISS
    Can You Forgive Me – Karl Denver (Decca) MISS


     

  • 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

  • 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)

     

  • 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.”

  • 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


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    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

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 109

    Saturday 2 September 1961, 6-6.25pm


    Panel: Shirley Abicair, Scilla Gabel, Ray Orchard, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Bill Cotton Jr


    Records played:
    Kon-Tiki – Shadows (Columbia)
    Together – Connie Francis (MGM)
    Get Lost – Eden Kane (Decca) MISS
    Don’t Have Any More Mrs Moore – David Kossoff (Oriole)
    Hurt – Timi Yuro (London)
    Who Put The Bomp – Viscounts (Pye)
    A Little Bit Of Soap – Jarmels (TopRank)
    Cryin’ – Roy Orbison (London)


    Well, I ask you. ‘Juke Box Jury’ voted Eden Kane’s ‘Get Lost’ a miss.
    Alley Cat, 8 September 1961

    Eden Kane: “The record got exposure and that’s what mattered. It didn’t matter whether it was voted a hit or a miss as any publicity was good publicity in those days. The girl in Lady Antebellum was on one of those TV star search programmes and didn’t get through, so what do judges know?”

  • 122

    Saturday 2 December 1961


    Panel: Jill Browne, Harry Fowler, Pete Murray, June Thorburn


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    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

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    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