• 384

    Saturday 14 January 1967, 5.15-5.40pm


    Panel: Simon Dee, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, Jimmy Savile
    Casting voter: Margaret Payne


    Producer: Albert Stevenson


    Here Comes My Baby – Tremeloes (CBS)
    Beautiful Dream – Twiggy (Ember)
    Release Me – Engelbert Humperdinck (Decca) MISS
    One Step At A Time – Madeline Bell (Philips)
    I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy – Paul Jones (HMV)
    A Friend Of Mine – Anglitans (CBS)
    98.6 – Keith (Mercury)
    Peek-A-Boo – New Vaudeville Band (Fontana)

  • 398

    Saturday 22 April 1967, 5.15-5.40pm


    Panel: Gerald Harper, Paul Jones, Janet Munro, Andee Silver
    Casting voter: Jennifer Bennington


    Producer: Colin Charman


    Records played:
    Western Union – Searchers (Pye)
    Peanuts And Chewy Macs – Cymbaline (Mercury)
    The First Cut Is The Deepest – P.P.Arnold (Immediate)
    Silence Is Golden – Tremeloes (CBS)
    Rhyme By Rhyme – Kenny Young (Fontana)
    Pictures of Lily – The Who (Track)
    Get Me To The World On Time – Electric Prunes (Reprise)

  • 415

    Saturday 26 August 1967, 5.45-6.10pm


    Panel: Tony Blackburn, Tsai Chin, Jessie Matthews, Cat Stevens
    Maurice Peacock, casting vote


    Producer: David O’Clee


    Records played:
    Reflections – Diana Ross & Supremes
    Love – The Virgin Sleep (Deram)
    Flowers in the Rain – The Move
    Try My World – Georgie Fame
    Gilbert Green – Gerry Marsden (CBS)
    Ma Vie (My Life) – Anni Anderson (Mercury)
    Keep On Believin’ – The Lovin’ (Page One)


    Opening of Radio 1, hence Blackburn and The Move

  • 333

    Saturday 1 January 1966, 5.15-5.45pm


    Panel: Max Bygraves family with Uncle Eric
    Max Bygraves, Maxine Bygraves, Anthony Bygraves, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Stewart Morris


    Records played:
    Love Bug – Jack Jones (London)
    Girl – St Louis Union (Decca)
    Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel (CBS)
    Getting Nowhere – Friday Browne (Parlophone)
    Wait – Frankie Vaughan (Philips)
    Another Year, Another Love, Another Heartache – Julie Rogers (Mercury)
    Michelle – Overlanders (Pye)
    Creation – Rick And Sandy (Decca)
    Dream Child – Toni Eden (United Artists)
    What Do You Say About That – Phase 4 (Fab)

  • 288

    Saturday 6 February 1965, 5.15.-5.40pm


    Panel: Thora Hird, Linda Lewis, Don Moss, Gene Pitney


    Producer: Stewart Morris


    Records played:
    Your Hurtin’ Kinda Love – Dusty Springfield (Philips)
    Mary Anne – Shadows (Columbia)
    Silhouettes – Herman’s Hermits (Columbia)
    Come and Stay With Me – Marianne Faithfull (Decca) (Mystery Guest)
    Goodnight – Roy Orbison (London)
    In My Way – Dave Kaye (Decca) MISS
    The Look Of Love – Lesley Gore (Mercury)
    Half As Much – Rick & Sandy (Mercury)

  • 32

    Saturday 13 February 1960, 6-6.30pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Esma Cannon, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, Carolyn Townshend


    Records played:
    Bonnie Came Back – Duane Eddy (London)
    You You You – Ernestine Anderson (Mercury)
    Royal Event – Russ Conway (Columbia)
    Tell Her For Me – David Macbeth (Pye) HIT
    Tender Love And Care – Jimmie Rodgers (Columbia)
    I Enjoy Being A Girl – Pat Suzuki (RCA)
    Who Could Be Bluer – Jerry Lordan (Parlophone)
    Pickin’ Petals – Avons (Columbia)


    Camera script unused: Coo-Coo-U (Kingston Trio))

    First programme with ‘Hit And Miss’ as new signature tune.

    Interview in Radio Times: David Jacobs, “If the panel reach a decision I strongly disagree with, I say so. Viewers seem to appreciate this, although a lot of letters say I am a clot.”

    Russell Turner is responsible for the choice of records and discusses them with David Jacobs. David Jacobs: “Sometimes we include discs we know are bad just to see the reaction of the panel. It’s a thing I wouldn’t dare do in my Saturday night, Light Programme series, Pick Of The Pops.”

    On 10 February, EMI issued their last 10-inch 78 rpm single. It was ‘Royal Event’ backed by ‘Rule Britannia’, which was used as the theme for Daniel Farson’s Guide To The British.

  • 39

    Saturday 2 April 1960, 6-6.30pm

    (Recorded 26.3.60)


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Frankie Day, Wolf Mankowitz, Eric Skyes


    Produced by Russell Turner
    Directed by Johnnie Gilbert


    Records played:
    String Along – Fabian (HMV)
    Sweet Nuthin’s – Brenda Lee (Brunswick)
    I Wish It Were You – Dennis Lotis (Columbia)
    Don’t Throw Away All Those Teardrops – Frankie Avalon (HMV)
    Footsteps – Ronnie Carroll (Philips) Side set
    O Dio Mio – Joan Regan (Pye)
    This Magic Moment – The Drifters (London)
    2,223 Miles – Patti Page (Mercury)

  • 41

    Saturday 16 April 1960, 6-6.30pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Sheila Gallagher, Gary Miller, Eric Robinson, Anne Rogers


    Records played:
    Standing On The Corner – Four Lads (Philips)
    Cradle Of Love – Johnny Preston (Mercury)
    Someday – Della Reese (RCA)
    A Place In The Sun – Robert Earl (Philips)
    Anyway The Wind Blows – Doris Day (Philips)
    This Love I Have For You – Lance Fortune (Pye)
    Ramona – Five Dallas Boys (Columbia)
    The Love I Share With You – Alfred Lynch (Decca)
    Don’t Fence Me In – Tommy Edwards (MGM)


    Camera script: Greenfields (Beverley Sisters) listed but this record had been banned.

    Anne Rogers was starring as Eliza Doolittle at Drury Lane. She was the daughter in law of Henry Hall. She had done over 720 performance in US and 280 in UK. On April 13, did her 1,000th performance. A fast car was to take her to Drury Lane after the show.

  • 42

    Saturday 23 April 1960, 6-6.30pm

    (Recorded 16.4.60)


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: David Hughes, Pete Murray, Jack Payne, Eric Sykes


    Records played:
    When You Lose The One You Love – Joanie, Johnny & Hal (Capitol)
    Like Love – Lynn Cornell (Decca)
    Heart of A Teenage Girl – Craig Douglas (Top Rank)
    Apple Green – June Valli (Mercury)
    Wake Me When It’s Over – Andy Williams (London)
    Cantiamo Al Amore – Ines Taddio (Polydor)
    Big Iron – Marty Robbins (Fontana)


    Camera script: Steady Date (Three Bells)

  • 48

    Saturday 11 June 1960, 6.40-7.10pm

    (Recorded 280560)


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Dora Bryan, Judy Carne, Jimmy Henney, Peter West


    Records played:
    Good Timin’ – Jimmy Jones (MGM)
    Grown Up Dreams – Toni Eden (Columbia)
    Apple Blossom Time – Platters (Mercury)
    Mountain Of Love – Kenny Lynch (HMV)
    Banjo Boy – Valerie Masters (Fontana)
    Burning Bridges – Jack Scott (Top Rank)
    Goona Goona – Four Lads (Philips)
    River Stay ’Way From My Door – Frank Sinatra (Capitol)


    Camera script extras: Ding-A-Ling (Bobby Rydell) and Little Brown Jug (Bobby Summers), which had been moved to previous recording

  • 53

    Saturday 30 July 1960


    Panel: Anthea Askey, Arthur Askey, Susan Franks, Peter Haigh


    Records played:
    The Sheik Of Chicago (Mustafa) – Four Lads (Philips)
    Quiet – Baby Dolls (Warner)
    Naughty – Charlie Drake (Parlophone)
    Long Ago Last Summer – Diana Trask (Philips)
    Walking To New Orleans – Fats Domino (London)
    Down By The River – Rosemary Lane (Philips) side set
    Image of a Girl – Mark Wynter (Decca)
    Image of a Girl – Nelson Keene (HMV)
    Sweet Tooth – Les Howard (Columbia)
    Feel So Fine – Johnny Preston (Mercury)

  • 04

    Monday 22 June 1959, 7.30-7.55pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Mandy Miller, Pete Murray, Eric Sykes, Shani Wallis


    Records played:
    Waterloo – Stonewall Jackson (Philips)
    Waterloo – The Mudlarks (Columbia)
    I’m Gonna Change Him – Cathy Carr (Roulette)
    The Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll – Winifred Atwell (Decca)
    I Know – Perry Como (RCA)
    What A Diff’rence A Day Made – Dinah Washington (Mercury)
    Bobby Sox To Stockings – Frankie Avalon (HMV)
    Marshal Marshal – Gar Bacon (Fontana)


    Camera script unused: All My Sorrows, Driftin’ , Along Came Jones. Camera script has final record Don’t Forget by Hughie Green. Also, An Anonymous Letter by June Valli for Dinah Washington.

    No show on Monday 29 June 1959 because of the Star Ballroom Championships from Earls Court.

  • 16

    Saturday 10 October 1959, 6.50-715pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Gloria Kindersley, Gary Miller, Milton Subotsky, Venetia Stevenson


    Records played:
    Doodles – Eddie Layton (Mercury)
    Love Potion No 9 – Clovers (London)
    A Worried Man – Kingston Trio (Capitol)
    Mr Blue – David Macbeth (Pye)
    Mr Blue – Mike Preston (Decca)
    Just Ask Your Heart – Frankie Avalon (HMV)
    Wish It Were Me – Craig Douglas (Top Rank)
    Old Shep – Hank Snow (RCA)

  • 19

    Saturday 31 October 1959, 6.50-7.15pm


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Lynn Curtis, Gary Miller, Venetia Stevenson, Digby Wolfe


    Records played:
    Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Backseat) – Avons (Columbia)
    Alice Blue Gown – Leroy Holmes (MGM)
    My Blue Heaven – Platters (Mercury)
    What Do You Want – Adam Faith (Parlophone) HIT
    Snowcoach – Russ Conway (Columbia)
    Dear Daddy – Petula Clark (Pye)
    Hushabye – Dene Four (HMV)
    The Merry Men – Don Robertson (Capitol)


    No show on Saturday 7 November 1959 because of British Legion Remembrance Service and a Semprini concert

  • 20

    Saturday 14 November 1959, 6.50-7.15pm

    (Recorded 31 October 1959)


    Chairman: David Jacobs


    Panel: Jeanne Baldwin, Bunny Lewis, Gary Miller, Venetia Stevenson


    Records played:
    Happy Little Caterpillar – Sam Tacit (Decca)
    The Ways Of Love – Tommy Edwards (MGM)
    Unforgettable – Dinah Washington (Mercury)
    Fool’s Hall Of Fame – Pat Boone (London)
    Little White Bull – Tommy Steele (Decca)
    Talk To Me – Frank Sinatra (Capitol)
    So Many Ways – Brook Benton (Mercury)

  • 235

    Saturday 1 February 1964, 5.40-6.05


    Panel: Ian Fenner, Susan Maughan, Jane Morgan, Bruce Prochnik


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    A Fool Never Learns – Andy Williams (CBS) HIT
    I Love How You Love Me – Maureen Evans (Oriole) HIT
    Come On – Tommy Roe (HMV) HIT
    Green Fields – Unit 4+2 (Decca) MISS
    Shake And Scream – Kenny Lynch (HMV) HIT
    Who Was That Girl – Al Saxon (Mercury) HIT
    Go On And Cry – Conway Twitty (MGM) MISS
    Caterina – Kenny Ball (Pye) HIT

  • 256

    Saturday 27 June 1964, 5.40-6.05pm


    Panel: Dorothy Dandridge, Bill Owen, Jimmy Savile, Janette Scott


    Producer: Barry Langford


    Records played:
    Reelin’ And Rockin’ – Micky Finn & the Blue Men (Oriole) HIT
    In A Matter Of Moments – Cliff Richard (Columbia) HIT
    A Hard Day’s Night – Beatles (Parlophone) HIT
    The Wedding – Julie Rogers (Mercury) MISS
    It’s All Over Now – Rolling Stones (Decca) HIT
    All The Sheep In The World – Elaine & Derek (Decca) HIT

  • 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

  • 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

  • 200

    Saturday 1 June 1963


    Panel: Tony Meehan, Barbara Murray, Pete Murray +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Around And Around – Lonnie Jay & the Jaynes (Stateside) MISS
    Danke Schoen – Craig Douglas (Decca) MISS
    Gravy Waltz – Millicent Martin (Parlophone) MISS
    Riviera Cafe – Lance Percival (Parlophone) HIT
    Atlantis – Shadows (Columbia) HIT
    Tomorrow Night – Eden Kane (Fontana) MISS
    See If She Cares – Faron’s Flamingos (Oriole) HIT
    Sally – Tubby Hayes Quartet (Fontana) MISS
    Blue On Blue – Bobby Vinton (Columbia) MISS
    Da Doo Ron Ron – Crystals (London) HIT
    (I Love You) Don’t You Forget It – Perry Como (RCA) MISS
    Love Is A Ball – Billy Eckstine & Damita Jo (Mercury) MISS
    It’s Been Nice – Everly Brothers (Warner) HIT


    Keith Fordyce said on Lucky Stars last Saturday that Craig Douglas, Mark Wynter and Jimmy Justice were better singers than Rick Nelson.
    Alley Cat, 7 June 1963

  • 208

    Saturday 27 July 1963, 6.35-7pm


    Panel: Carole Deene, David Gell, Nancy Spain +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    Angie – Gregory Phillips (Pye) HIT
    Valentina – Spotnicks (Oriole) MISS
    My True Confession – Brook Benton (Mercury) HIT
    Like The Big Guys Do – Harry H Corbett (Pye) HIT
    The Verdict Is Guilty – Susan Maughan (Philips) HIT
    Bad To Me – Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas (Parlophone) HIT
    The Song Of Rome – Van Doren (Decca) MISS
    Wah Wah Wah Woo – Rockin’ Berries (Decca) MISS

  • 212

    Saturday 24 August 1963, 6.35-7pm


    Panel: Tom Courtenay, Little Peggy March, Peter Noble +1


    Producer: Richard Evans


    Records played:
    The Dreamer – Neil Sedaka (RCA) HIT
    Judy’s Turn To Cry – Lesley Gore (Mercury) HIT
    She Loves You – The Beatles (Parlophone) HIT
    A Doodlin’ Song – Peggy Lee (Capitol) MISS
    You Must Be Jokin’ – Wee Willie Harris (HMV) HIT
    Wait ’Til My Bobby Gets Home – Darlene Love (London) MISS
    Frankie And Johnny – Sam Cooke (RCA) HIT
    Summertime, Summertime – The Fortunes (Decca) MISS


    The +1 is almost certainly Joan Turner. Hilarious but turned the programme into The Joan Turner Show Rest of panel not amused. She was doing a DJ show for the Light Programme.

  • 131

    Saturday 27 January 1962


    Panel: Shirley Eaton, Frank Muir, Pete Murray, Viera


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Don’t Stop – Twist – Frankie Vaughan (Philips)
    Walk With Me My Angel – Don Charles (Decca)
    Babette – Tommy Bruce (Columbia)
    Break It To Me Gently – Brenda Lee (Brunswick)
    Newcastle Twist – Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
    Softly As I Leave You – Matt Monro (Parlophone) MISS
    Lessons In Love – Allisons (Fontana)
    Free Me – Johnny Preston (Mercury)


    PM: Matt is a wonderful singer and puts a great deal of feeling into a song. Anyone else singing Softly and it would been have a Miss.

    Spin-A-Disc with Carole Carr: So Deep (Lee), Free Me (Preston), Don’t Stop-Twist

  • 136

    Saturday 3 March 1962


    Panel: Buddy Greco, June Thorburn, Bobby Vee, Shani Wallis


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    A Diabolical Twist – Max Bygraves (Decca) HIT
    Lone Rider – John Leyton (HMV) MISS
    When The Lights Go Out – Bobby Breen (Fontana) MISS
    A Lady Loves – Eartha Kitt (MGM) MISS
    One More Time – Danny Peppermint (London) MISS
    The Turk – Judd Proctor (Parlophone) MISS
    She’s Got You – Alma Cogan (Columbia) HIT
    You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon (London) HIT
    Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel (Mercury) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon (London), She’s Got You (Cline), Lucky Star (Vincent)

    Bobby Vee: “I only did Juke Box Jury two or three times. It was an upbeat show and people were generally positive about the records. We never heard the records first and I enjoyed it. I was 20 and I felt I knew everything so it was no trouble.”

    Peter Prichard for The Grade Organisation 010362
    Saturday matinee for Scapa are at 5.30 but “the management have said that they would release Pete from a matinee if he could do JBJ wearing the naval uniform he appears in Scapa.”
    File note: “I think the idea of Pete in his uniform (though a good idea) is going just a little too far. As you know the present arrangement is that David gives the credit plug himself during the introduction of the panellists and this is obviously a much stronger plug than the normal voice ‘off’ at the end of a programme but further than that I don’t think we could go.”

  • 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.”

  • 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)

  • 149

    Saturday 2 June 1962


    Panel: Alan Dell, Helen Shapiro, Terry-Thomas, June Thorburn


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Number One Man – Bruce Channel (Mercury) MISS
    Highland Wedding – Johnny Keating and his Orchestra (Piccadilly) HIT
    The Crowd – Roy Orbison (London) MISS
    I’m Just A Baby – Louise Cordet (Decca) MISS
    I Wish That We Were Married – Ronnie and the Hilites (Pye) MISS
    Everybody’s Gotta Ya-Ya – Viscounts (Pye) HIT
    Theme From The Inspector – Ferrante & Teicher (HMV) MISS
    Yes My Darling Daughter – Eydie Gorme (CBS) HIT


    Spin-A-Disc: Drummin’ Up A Storm, Dr Kildare (Chamberlain, Conscience

    RT note “Applications for tickets for this show cannot be entertained until further notice.”

  • 152

    Saturday 23 June 1962


    Panel: Arthur Askey, Bill Crozier, Jean Metcalfe +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Show Me The Way To Go Home – Frank D’Rone (Mercury) HIT
    Tears – Danny Williams (HMV) HIT
    Having A Party – Sam Cooke (RCA) MISS
    I Bent My Assagai – Charlie Drake (Parlophone) HIT
    April In Paris – Mr Pollard (Piccadilly) MISS
    Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way – Georgia Brown (Decca) MISS
    Cindy’s Birthday – Johnny Crawford (Pye) MISS


    Spin-A-Disc: Palisades, Steel Men (Dean), Show Me (D’Rone)

    RT billing:
    Neither cat nor square, Arthur Askey’s standpoint with regards to the pops is probably best described as commonsensical and, of course, humorous. Also on the panel are Jean Metcalfe and Bill Crozier, two experts on discs who are usually at opposing ends of the Family Favourites link.
    Family Favourites, 12 to 1.30pm, Sundays

     

  • 155

    Saturday 14 July 1962


    Panel: Catherine Boyle, Jack Jackson, Godfrey Winn +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    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


     

  • 158

    Saturday 4 August 1962


    Panel: Rose Brennan, Brian Rix, Jimmy Young +1


    Producer: Johnnie Stewart


    Records played:
    Yesterday (check title) – Polka Dots (Philips) MISS
    Seven Day Weekend – U S Bonds (Stateside) HIT
    Steptoe And Son – Geoff Love (Columbia) HIT
    Goody Goody – Frank Sinatra (Reprise) MISS
    The Cure – Smitty Williams (MGM) MISS
    I Sat Back And Let It Happen – Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury) HIT
    Swahili Papa – Springfields (Philips) HIT
    Sealed With A Kiss – Brian Hyland (HMV) HIT
    Little Sue – Dowlands (Oriole) MISS


    Producer Neville Wortman had joined the BBC after a spell as a cartoonist for ITV and time on Cool For Cats: “I was hoping to ease my way into the BBC. Twist had become one of the rages and I was going to direct a programme on that with Barry Lupino whose sister was Ida Lupino, the American film star. He got smashed up in a car accident and Johnnie Stewart was brought in. He had been doing Juke Box Jury and so he came out of that. The twist didn’t last very long and nor did the show. It was nicely shot though, a good show.”

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I was asked to pick it up as it had got very staid. It had become more of a family show than something for teenagers. Bill Cotton Jr and I were the two youngest producers at the BBC – I was just under 30.”

    Producer Neville Wortman: “I was determined to get more interesting panellists on Juke Box Jury, some people who had a real interest in popular music. I tried to build up really good panels and I filmed it in a different way too as I placed the cameras in unusual positions. I featured a lot more of the audience and got their expressions. We used to look for characters and I would get people out looking for characters whom we could invite to the show. We would walk to someone in the street and say, “Please come”. We were fighting head on with Thank Your Lucky Stars. They had a great style of programming for teenagers and I knew Philip Jones very well. They had a very stylish programme and Juke Box Jury wasn’t that. We were fighting for our lives with that programme. The BBC wanted to grab an audience at six and they thought that if you had them then, you should have them through the evening.”

  • 164

    Saturday 15 September 1962


    Panel: Rupert Davies, Dion, Fenella Fielding +1


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Point Of No Return – Gene McDaniels (Liberty) HIT
    There Is No Greater Love – Wanderers (MGM) MISS
    Chattanooga Choo Choo – Xavier Cugat (Mercury) HIT
    House To Let – Eden Kane (Decca) HIT
    A Forever Kind Of Love – Bobby Vee (Liberty) HIT
    Let’s Dance – Chris Montez (London) HIT
    Ramblin’ Rose – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) HIT
    Don’t You Believe It – Andy Williams (CBS) HIT
    Venus In Blue Jeans – Mark Wynter (Pye) HIT


    Producer Neville Wortman: “I used to see the guests first to make sure that they had an interest in music per se. If they didn’t, there was no point in having them on the panel at all. I remember Rupert Davies brought a different slant on it. We were always trying to cater for the largest possible audience and not just a teenage audience. The audience for Thank Your Lucky Stars was mostly teenagers. The BBC has mostly broadcast programmes for the family.”

  • 167

    Saturday 6 October 1962, 6-6.30pm


    Panel: Petula Clark, Hattie Jacques, Pete Murray, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Nicola – King Brothers (Parlophone) MISS
    He Got What He Wanted – Little Richard (Mercury) HIT
    Tender Is The Night – Gogi Grant (Ember) MISS
    Madam Moscovitch – Clinton Ford (Oriole) MISS
    Keep Away From Other Girls – Helen Shapiro (Columbia) HIT
    Swing Low – Floyd Cramer (RCA) HIT
    Oh Lonesome Me – Craig Douglas (Decca) HIT


     

  • 106

    Saturday 12 August 1961, 6.50-7.15pm

    (because of Test Match)


    Panel: From Tonight show, Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Fyfe Robertson, Kenneth Allsop


    Producer: Bill Cotton Jr


    Records played:
    Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Curtis Lee (London)
    Scared – The Castells (London)
    I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – Frances Faye (Vogue)
    I’ll Never Smile Again – Platters (Mercury)
    Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker (Columbia)
    I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline (Brunswick)
    Ain’t Gonna Wash For A Week – Brook Brothers (Pye)
    Should I – String-a-longs (London)

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    Saturday 9 December 1961


    Panel: Jane Asher, Acker Bilk, Alan Freeman, Julie Wilson


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tokens (RCA)
    Son This Is She – John Leyton (HMV) MISS
    What A Crazy World We’re Livin’ In – Joe Brown (Pye)
    Surprisin’ – Joan Regan (Pye)
    Run To Him – Bobby Vee (London)
    Doin’ The Racoon – Laurie Johnson (Pye)
    My Kind Of Christmas – Johnny Mathis (Fontana)
    Walk On By – Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury)
    March Of The Angels – Big Ben Banjo Band (Columbia)


    Julie Wilson at the Talk Of The Town

    On Saturday, simultaneous appearances by Acker Bilk on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ and ‘Juke Box Jury’.
    Alley Cat, 15 December 1961

    Spin-A-Disc wth Peppermint Twist, Please Don’t Go, Run To Him, Forgotten Dreams (Russ Conway)

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    Saturday 30 December 1961


    Panel: Carole Carr, Anita Harris, Sid James, Bunny Lewis


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Come Running – Marty Wilde (Philips)
    Shalom – Eddie Fisher (HMV)
    You’re Following Me – Peter Gordeno (Parlophone)
    Bachelor In Paradise – Robert Holiday (HMV)
    Lonesome No 1 – Don Gibson (RCA)
    The Comancheros – Lonnie Donegan (Pye)
    Mistakes – Kaye Sisters (Philips)
    Revenge – Brook Benton (Mercury)
    Big Ben Twist – Fats & the Chessmen (Pye)


    Spin-A-Disc: Walk On By (Van Dyke), Turn Around (Campbell), Rock A Hula Baby,

    BBC,-TV, 7.15-8pm, A Pair Of Jacks in which Jack Payne and Jack Jackson get together to discuss and demonstrate various aspects of popular music with Billy Fury, Woolf Phillips and Harry Rabinowitz. Producer: Richard Afton

    In 1961, Benny Hill did a parody, Soap Box Jury where he impersonated David Jacobs and the whole panel. Fred Curry (Pete Murray) and Lady Edgware (Lady Isobel Barnett). There is a shot of all five together. It is on Benny Hill: The Lost Years (2005).

    Programme was 19th in TV ratings, Dec 61