• 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)

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    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

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    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

  • 199

    Saturday 25 May 1963


    Panel: Eva Bartok, Sam Costa, Jimmy Henney, Nancy Spain

    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Faraway Places – Bachelors (Decca) HIT
    Don’t Try To Fight It Baby – Eydie Gorme (CBS) MISS
    You Can Never Stop Me Loving You – Kenny Lynch (HMV) HIT
    Hoe Down – Johnny Dankworth (Fontana) MISS
    Falling – Roy Orbison (London) HIT
    It’s My Party – Lesley Gore (Mercury) MISS
    Why Do We Have To Wait So Long – Adam Wade (Columbia) HIT
    That’s How Heartaches Are Made – Julie Grant (Pye) MISS
    On The Scene – Les Reed (Pye) HIT
    Don’t Try To Change Me – Crickets (Liberty) HIT
    Soulville – Dinah Washington (Columbia) HIT

  • 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.

     

  • 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.