• 26

    Saturday 2 January 1960, 6-6.30pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Paul Carpenter, Peggy Cummins, Gilbert Harding, Lady Carolyn Townshend


    Records played:
    On The Beach – Playmates (Columbia)
    I Wanna Be Loved – Ricky Nelson (London)
    If I Give My Heart to You – Ketty Lester (Philips)
    Marching Guitars – Bell Sounds (HMV)
    Why – Frankie Avalon (HMV)
    The Big Hurt – Miss Toni Fisher (Top Rank)
    Love Is the Only Thing – Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol)
    Oh Melancholy Me – Passions (HMV)


    “Disgraceful! All American records on Saturday’s ‘Juke Box Jury’. Surely the producer Russell Turner should have noticed this great injustice – hardly respectful to his boss, Eric Maschwitz, former Songwriters’ Guild chairman, who greatly champions British tunes.” NME’s Alley Cat, 8 January 1960
    The panel (including that long-haired beat boy Gilbert Harding) discussed the Playmates, Ricky Nelson, Kitty Kallen, the Bell Sounds, Frankie Avalon (‘Why’), Miss Toni Fisher, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Passions. Looking at the BBC’s logs, it is absurd that the panel were asked to comment on Kitty Kallen’s ‘If I Give My Heart to You’ after just 30 seconds.
    Gilbert Harding was described by NME as “television’s supreme critic and avowed hater of rock ’n’ roll.” When he was doing a DJ stint on the Light Programme, he once had to play Great Balls of Fire, but took it off halfway through and said, “That’s enough of that rubbish.”
    Carolyn Townshend was one of England’s most beautiful debs. Became Lady Carolyn Capellini; married Antonio Capellini, 30, Italian landowner. She had been a TV scriptwriter.
    Paul Carpenter & Peggy Cummins were actors.

  • 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)

     

  • 154

    Saturday 7 July 1962


    Panel: Jane Asher, Roy Castle, Rosemary Clooney, Ted King


    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