Saturday 17 August 1963, 6-6.35pm
Panel: Pat Boone, Polly Elwes, Carol Ann Ford, Vic Lewis
Producer: Richard Evans
Martian Hop – Ran-Dells (London) HIT
Two Silhouettes – Del Shannon (London) MISS
Don’t Do Me Any Favours – Rose Brennan (Philips) MISS
Your Baby’s Gone Surfin’ – Duane Eddy (RCA) HIT
Searchin’ – Hollies (Parlophone) MISS (all four)
It’s Over – Mike Stephen (Decca) HIT
Look At Him – Connie Francis (MGM) MISS
A Little Like Lovin’ – Cascades (RCA) HIT
I’m Wondering – Statesmen (Decca) MISS
My Baby Loves To Dance – Chris Montez (London) HIT
Dum Dum Dee Dum – Johnny Cymbal (London) HIT
Drownin’ My Sorrows was Connie Francis A-side in US.
Norman Jopling wrote a piece about the Hollies, A Hit Despite JBJ, for Record Mirror
Pat Boone urged fans to buy the original by the Coasters. (He should talk!)
On Lucky Stars, Chubby Checker twisted up a storm.
NME, 23 August 1963
Around this time, there was a summer series on Grampian, Dad, You’re A Square
Saturday 17 March 1962
Panel: Carole Gray, Millicent Martin, Edward J Mason, Ray Orchard
Producer: Harry Carlisle
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
Saturday 28 October 1961
Panel: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bunny Lewis, June Marlow, Jimmy Young
Producer: Johnnie Stewart
You’re Only Young Once –Fabian (HMV)
It Was A Lover And His Lass – Cleo Laine (Columbia)
Bristol Stomp – Dovells (Columbia)
Let True Love Begin – Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol)
Midnight In Moscow – Kenny Ball (Pye)
Tall Dark Stranger – Rose Brennan (Philips)
Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee (London)
I Never Had A Chance – Ricky Valance (Columbia)
Zsa Zsa Gabor billed as “special guest” – quite a change from Sam Costa
Spin-A-Disc: Under The Moon Of Love, Let True Love Begin, True True Love (Frankie Avalon) – with Peter West
Zsa Zsa Gabor insisted that all the men on the show should wear a dinner jacket, and David Jacobs said, off the top of his head, that dinner jackets were never worn before 6.45 at Buckingham Palace.