• 387

    Saturday 4 February 1967, 5.15-5.40pm

    (Recorded)


    Panel: Simon Dee, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, Jimmy Savile
    Casting voter: Roddy Calman


    Producer: Albert Stevenson


    Records played:
    There’s a Kind of Hush – Herman’s Hermits (Columbia) (1.10)
    Indescribably Blue – Elvis Presley (RCA) (1.15)
    Reach the Top – West Coast Delegation (Deram) (1.10)
    Ride, Ride, Ride – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) (0.45)
    Mellow Yellow – Donovan (Pye 7N 17267) (1.15)
    Stay With Me – Walker Bros (Philips) (1.12)

  • 400

    Saturday 6 May 1967, listed as 5.15-5.40pm

    but because of Grandstand overrunning – Davis Cup and tennis from Bournemouth, it was only on for 14m 56s.


    Panel: Isabel Black, Val Doonican, Alan Freeman, Sandie Shaw
    Casting voter: Stevie Arnold


    Producer: Colin Charman


    Records played:
    The Happening – Supremes (Tamla-Motown) (1.15)
    Roses of Picardy – Vince Hill (Columbia) (1.20)
    Sweet Pea – Manfred Mann (Fontana) (1.06)
    The Love Machine – Elvis Presley (RCA) (0.52)

  • 411

    Saturday 29 July 1967, 5.40-6.10pm


    Panel: Beverley Adams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lulu, Ted Ray
    Peter Holman (casting vote)


    Producer: Colin Charman


    Records played:
    It’s a Happening Thing – Peanut Butter Conspiracy (CBS)
    Time Seller – Spencer Davis Group
    Long-Legged Girl – Elvis Presley
    Excerpt From A Teenage Opera – Keith West (2.02 played)
    The House That Jack Built – Alan Price
    The Music Attracts Me – Claire Terry (Fonatana)
    You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Vanilla Fudge
    A Bad Night – Cat Stevens
    Even the Bad Times are Good – Tremeloes

  • 378

    Saturday 3 December 1966, 5.15-5.40pm


    Panel: Simon Dee, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, Jimmy Savile


    Casting voter: Katerine Bodman


    Producer: Albert Stevenson


    Records played:
    Never Knew Lovin’ Could Be So Doggone Good – Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers (Parlophone) HIT
    Sunshine Superman – Donovan (Pye) HIT
    In The Country – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    Colour My World – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT
    Happy Jack – The Who (Reaction) HIT
    If Every Day Was Like Christmas – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT


    Both Cliff Bennett and Donovan were guests

  • 52

    Saturday 16 July 1960


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Judy Carne, Sidney James, Eric Sykes


    Produced by Bill Cotton Jr


    Records played:
    The Hawk – Johnny Desmond (Philips) HIT
    Get Your Daddy’s Car Tonight – Lorrae Desmond (Parlophone) MISS
    The Old Oaken Bucket – Tommy Sands (Capitol) MISS but praised
    I’d Do Anything – Mike Preston (Decca) HIT
    Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy (London) MISS (Camera script says HIT)
    Everyday – Della Reese (RCA) MISS
    A Mess Of Blues – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Mission Bell – Ronnie Hilton (HMV) HIT


    Camera script unplayed: Mule Skinner Blues (Rusty Draper)

    No programme on Saturday 23 July 1960 – Test Match

  • 05

    Monday 6 July 1959, 7.30-7.55pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Mandy Miller, Pete Murray, Eric Sykes, Shani Wallis
    Mandy Miller replaces the “typical teenager” as a “teenager actress”.


    Producer: Russell Turner


    Records played:
    Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario – Jimmie Rodgers (Columbia)
    A Big Hunk O’Love – Elvis Presley (RCA)
    Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller (London)
    I’ll Be Satisfied – Jackie Wilson (Coral)
    All My Sorrows – Kingston Trio (Capitol)
    Teenage Guitar – Bert Weedon (Top Rank)
    Remember When – The Platters (Mercury) 1’39”

  • 240

    Saturday 7 March 1964, 5.40-6.05


    Panel: Annette, Terence Edmond, Karen Elliott, Bob Monkhouse


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Baby Don’t You Cry – Ray Charles (HMV) MISS
    Bad Time – Roulettes (Parlophone) HIT
    Unchained Melody – Jimmy Young (Decca) HIT
    I Know – Chick Graham (Decca) MISS
    Like I Love You Today – Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde (Ember) HIT
    Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Tennessee Waltz – Alma Cogan (Columbia) MISS
    I’ve Been Crying – Denny Mitchell & the Soundstations (Decca) HIT


    Bob Monkhouse on Today in Jan 1962 had called the show Junk Box Jury.

  • 254

    Saturday 13 June 1964, 5.40-6.05pm


    Panel: Adam Faith, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Des O’Connor, Juliet Prowse


    Producer: Barry Langford


    Records played:
    That’s Alright – Jimmy Powell (Pye) HIT
    So Long Little Girl – Dictators with Tony and Howard (Oriole) HIT
    Kissin’ Cousins – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    I Don’t Want To Know – Shirley & Johnny (Parlophone) HIT
    Sweet William – Millie (Fontana) HIT
    House Of The Risin’ Sun – Animals (Columbia) HIT
    You Came Along – Warriors (Decca) MISS

  • 257

    Saturday 4 July 1964, 7.10-7.35pm

    (Recorded 27 June, just before Stones on Top Of The Pops)


    Panel: The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts)


    Producer: Barry Langford


    Records played:
    Tobacco Road – Nashville Teens (Decca) MISS
    I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Dusty Springfield (Philips) HIT
    Just For You – Freddie & the Dreamers (Columbia) HIT
    My Baby Don’t Dig Me – Ray Charles (HMV) MISS
    Play Me A Sad Song – Christine Holmes (Mercury) MISS
    Someday We’re Gonna Love Again – The Searchers (Pye) HIT
    There’s Gold In The Mountains – Elvis Presley (RCA) (No vote taken)
    The Ferris Wheel – Everly Brothers (Warner) MISS

  • 262

    Saturday 8 August 1964, 5.40-6.05pm


    Panel: Unity Hall, Kenneth More, Chita Rivera, Cardew Robinson


    Producer: Barry Langford


    Records played:
    I Want You To Meet My Baby – Eydie Gorme (CBS) MISS
    Rag Doll – Four Seasons (Philips) MISS
    The Time It Takes – Alan Dean & his Problems (Decca) MISS
    I Don’t Understand – Nola York (HMV) HIT
    Such A Night – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Non E Niente Lasciami Stare – Gigliola Cinquetti (Decca) HIT
    Dang Me – Johnny Duncan (Columbia) MISS


    Kenneth More had not really listened to Elvis Presley before and was impressed. He had disliked him previously.

  • 272

    Saturday 17 October 1964, 5.45-6.10pm


    Panel: Des O’Connor, Mary Wells, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Any Way You Want It – Dave Clark Five (Columbia) HIT
    Blowin’ In The Wind – Marianne Faithfull (Decca) MISS
    Don’t Bring Me Down – Pretty Things (Fontana) MISS
    The Door Is Still Open – Dean Martin (Reprise) MISS
    When I Grow Up – Beach Boys (Capitol) HIT
    So Little Time – Diana Dors (Fontana) MISS
    Where In The World – Ray Merrell (Pye) MISS
    Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT


    Richard Evans produced documentary on A Hard Day’s Night for BBC.

  • 278

    Saturday 28 November 1964, 5.15-5.40pm


    Panel: Lulu, Jean Metcalfe, Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Tears And Kisses – Peter & the Headlines (Decca) MISS
    I Could Easily Fall – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    Now – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) HIT
    What Have They Done To The Rain –Searchers (Pye) HIT
    Like A Child – Julie Rogers (Mercury) HIT
    The Organ Man – Norman Vaughan (Pye) HIT
    Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    Real Live Girl – King Brothers (Oriole) MISS

  • 187

    Saturday 2 March 1963


    Panel: Alan Dell, Harry H Corbett, Dusty Springfield +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Look Out Chattanooga – Johnnie Ray (Brunswick) HIT
    Count On Me – Julie Grant (Pye) HIT
    The Desperadoes – Cambridge Strings (Decca) MISS
    One Broken Heart For Sale – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    He’s Got The Power – Exciters (United Artists) HIT
    Say Wonderful Things – Ronnie Carroll (Philips) HIT
    Foot Tapper – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Our Day Will Come – Ruby & the Romantics (London) MISS
    Darkest Street In Town – Jimmy Clanton (Stateside) MISS


    Harry H Corbett raved about Our Day Will Come and said there was a lot of good music coming from America. (Brian O’Connell)

    PFTP 070363
    Why do members of the JBJ panel have to be so sarcastic to each other? This spoils an otherwise enjoyable programme.
    Miss B Bellis (16), Holywell

    PFTP 070363
    Could we have some pictures of pretty girls? The concentration seems to be on expressionless head-nodders. Often the subjects chosen are bizarre in styles, ranging from near beatnik to femme fatale, while others are undeniably plain. Where is the warmth, sparkle and vivacity that we associate with youth. Surely there are pretty girls in the JJB audience who could charm our eyes, even though our ears are suffering.
    Miss Winifred Williams, Liverpool 25

    Suggested fee for serial rights of David Jacobs’ magazine biography – £20,000.
    NME, 8 March 1963

  • 204

    Saturday 29 June 1963, 6.35-7pm

    (Recorded 22 June, 8.30-9.15pm)


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, John Lennon, Caroline Maudling, Bruce Prochnik


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Southend – Cleo Laine (Fontana) MISS
    B side was Watch Your Step
    So Much In Love – The Tymes (Cameo Parkway) MISS
    JL: “I thought it was Rolf Harris at first, and then I thought, It’s the Drifters.”
    Devil In Disguise – Elvis Presley (RCA) HIT
    JL’s harshest criticism
    John Lennon doesn’t like Elvis Presley – so what?
    NME, 26 July 1963
    The Click Song – Miriam Makeba & Harry Belafonte (London) MISS
    JL: “If it was in English, it’d mean even less. It’s intriguing because it’s foreign.”
    On Top Of Spaghetti – Tom Glazer (London) MISS
    JL: “I can’t stand these ‘all together now’ records. I prefer Little Eva’s Old Smokey Locomotion.”
    Flamenco – Russ Conway (Columbia) MISS
    JL: “I like pianos but not pub pianos playing flamenco music. Didn’t sound anything like flamenco.”
    First Quarrel – Paul & Paula (Philips) MISS
    JL: “I liked their first record because I liked the octave singing, her singing one above him. This second wasn’t worth bothering about. This had Jim in it. American records are always about Jim and Bobby and Alfred.”
    Don’t Ever Let Me Down – Julie Grant (Pye) MISS
    JL: “I thought ‘Ah, one of those with an intro, but the intro was enough.”


    Photo of smiling Bruce Prochnik in Radio Times, looking about 14. He had played the title role in Oliver! on Broadway
    Caroline Maudling was stepping in for Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Caroline was Reginald Maudling’s daughter and was in Frankie Vaughan film, It’s All Over Town.
    Katie Boyle was hosting the Eurovision Song Contest

    John Lennon did a Johnny Mathis, giving negative reviews of every disc. He voted all but one a Miss. Didn’t harm his career though.

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I had John Lennon on before the rest of the Beatles. A music publisher told me that John Lennon would be a marvellous guest so I rang him and he came in and had lunch with us at the Television Centre with his leather jacket and it was a marvellous lunch in which he spoke about everything. It was a cinch to have him. A lot of people came up from Liverpool and elsewhere for that show. The Shepherd’s Bush Empire was besieged. That is when I thought this is going to be something much bigger than I thought it was. John Lennon was a great panellist as he didn’t care what he said. He stood from the rest of the panel that day.”

    The Beatles were playing in Abergavenny that night but they didn’t have to take the stage until 10.30pm at the Town Hall Ballroom. John Lennon was flown by helicopter from London at a cost of £100 and touched down at the the Penypound football ground at 9.50pm. They played to 600 fans and then stayed overnight at the Angel Hotel.

     

  • 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.”

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 116

    Saturday 21 October 1961


    Panel: Adam Faith, Alan Freeman, Helen Shapiro, Jane Asher


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley (RCA)
    Heartaches – Marcels (Pye)
    Fool No 1 – Brenda Lee (Brunswick)
    Sewers Of The Strand – Spike Milligan (Parlophone)
    Bambino – Springfields (Philips)
    Tomorrow’s Clown – Marty Wilde (Philips)
    My Friend The Sea – Petula Clark (Pye)
    Bridge Of Love – Joe Dowell ()
    Time Has Come – Adam Faith (Parlophone)
    Do It Yourself – Josh MacRae (Pye)


    Spin-A-Disc: Take Good Care Of My Baby, Fool No.1, His Latest Flame

    From 1961 there was the innovation of the Hot Seat, where one of the artists whose records had been reviewed would be interviewed, one the first of these being Spike Milligan.  His record was Sideways Through the Sewers of the Strand, though it is hard to imagine that the discussion stayed on the subject in hand for long, given Milligan’s propensity for anarchy.  Both Helen and Jane were 15.

    “If my home is anything to judge by, everything stops for Juke Box Jury and every schoolboy can name 20 pop singers, even if he remains lamentably ignorant of the name of the Prime Minister, or the advantages and disadvantages of joining the Common Market.”
    The Times, “From a correspondent”

    Helen Shapiro: “You had no idea what they were going to play and you heard the tracks for the first time live on air. I loved doing that. It was great fun. It was not like now when everybody slags off everybody else. We were much nicer in those days and if you didn’t care for something you said it in a nice way, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.”

    Mike McCartney: “We watched Juke Box Jury religiously, especially when Jane Asher was. She was young, beautiful, had a well-cultured, Dad-admired accent and when she smiled, the set lit up. Paul and I both fancied her.”

    Jane’s agent, Neil Landor: “She is vivacious, articulate, and really enjoys pop music and has very definite views on what she likes and dislikes plus the ability to express them intelligently.”