• 233

    Saturday 18 January 1964, 5.40-6.05pm


    Panel: Jane Asher, Vic Lewis, Robert Morley, Millicent Martin


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Have You Ever Been Lonely – Caravelles (Decca) HIT
    Candy Man – Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Decca) HIT
    For You – Rick Nelson (Brunswick) MISS
    On My Mind – Mike Berry (HMV) HIT
    Until I Met You – Bobby Rydell (Cameo Parkway) MISS

  • 180

    Saturday 5 January 1963


    Panel: Alan Freeman, Spike Milligan, Anne Shelton, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Dance The Bossa Nova – Frankie Avalon (Pye) HIT
    Don’t You Ever Change Your Mind – Patsy Ann Noble (Columbia) HIT
    Diamonds – Jet Harris & Tony Meehan (Decca) HIT
    All Alone Am I – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) HIT
    It’s Up To You – Rick Nelson (London) MISS
    Some Kinda Fun – Chris Montez (London) HIT
    Bossa Nova USA – Dave Brubeck (CBS) MISS
    Little Town Flirt – Del Shannon (London) HIT
    I Will Follow Him – Petula Clark (Pye) HIT


    Dick James was told Please Please Me would be reviewed on this show

    For the first time, Eric Sykes wore a hearing aid on television. He felt he needed it to hear the records properly. Several papers commented on his hearing loss.

  • 138

    Saturday 17 March 1962


    Panel: Carole Gray, Millicent Martin, Edward J Mason, Ray Orchard


    Producer: Harry Carlisle


    Records played:
    Come Down The Mountain Katy Daley – Rose Brennan (Philips) MISS
    It’s A Young World – Rick Nelson (London) HIT
    Evil Eye – Al Saxon (Piccadilly) HIT (Saxon guest)
    Afrikaan Beat – Cyril Stapleton (Decca) HIT
    Speak To Me Pretty – Brenda Lee (Brunswick) MISS
    She’s Everything (I Wanted You To Be) – Ral Donner (Parlophone) MISS
    It’s All Over Now – Shane Fenton & the Fentones (Parlophone) HIT
    B’wna Nina – Tokens (RCA) MISS
    Her Royal Majesty – Jimmy Darren (Pye) HIT


    Millicent Martin by arrangement with Associated British Picture Corporation

    Ted Mason was the lead writer for The Archers.
    Had teenage daughters which kept him from “being a square”

    First appearance for Carole Gray. Judging by a press comment, she was knowledgeable about sheet music.

    Al Saxon in the hot seat: “This is the fourth time one of my discs has been played on JBJ. Two of the others got the thumbs down but the other was voted a hit. As things turned out, the Hit did very well indeed, so I place a lot of importance on the jury’s verdict. I think most artists do.”

    Ray Orchard: The big attraction for the record companies is that during the programme the viewer is really concentrating on each number and deciding, maybe subconsciously, whether or not to buy the disc.

    Programme has 14m viewers and if 1 in 1,000 decides to buy a Miss, that is still 14,000 sales.

    Only Harry Carlisle and DJ heard the records first. The panel heard them for the first time on air.
    Vincent Donnelly feature, Evening Times 210362

    The film producer Donovan Winter saw JBJ on 17 March and he was impressed by a girl left of the screen on the second panel. “When I saw this girl, I realised that she had everything I wanted for the lead part in my new picture.” She had a mixture of innocence and .tremendous attraction. It was to be an X cert film about a young provincial girl falling into the hands of a London gang. The show had been recorded but no record had been kept of the names.
    Evening News, 300462

    David Jacobs also doing Startime, David Jacobs Plays The Pops and The Chocolate Time Show, all on Radio Luxembourg.

    DJ says he hears all the new records each week. “Not all of the records, mark you, but a part of each one. After about 10 seconds, I know whether I want to play it or not. If I’m not impressed after a quick hearing, then the average listener won’t be.”
    Bunny Lewis, DJ’s agent often on panel. “Pure coincidence” says DJ who doesn’t select the panel.
    DJ: “It is not intended to be an authoritative programme of predictions.”
    170262, Melody Maker

  • 160

    Saturday 18 August 1962


    Panel: Ray Conniff, Jean Metcalfe, Sylvia Syms, Eric Sykes


    Producer: Neville Wortman


    Records played:
    Hully Gully – Don Costa (CBS) MISS
    Teenage Idol – Rick Nelson (London) MISS
    Will I What – Mike Sarne (Parlophone) HIT
    What Now My Love – Shirley Bassey (Columbia) HIT
    The Locomotion – Little Eva (London) HIT
    Don’t That Beat All – Adam Faith (Parlophone) MISS
    So Wrong – Patsy Cline (Brunswick) MISS
    Sheila – Tommy Roe (HMV) HIT
    To Love And Be Loved – Vic Dana (Liberty) HIT