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Juke Box Jury (1959-67)


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Edition originally transmitted on BBC on 29/10/1960

David Jacobs introduces the show and the jurors: Carmen McRae, Pete Murray, Nancy Spain and Richard Wyler.

Record 1: Roy Orbison - 'Blue Angel'.
Carmen McRae thinks it is 'lousy'. Pete Murray says he has a word for it but can't use it. He thinks it may be a hit as a follow-up to 'Only the Lonely' - currently at No.1 in the charts. Nancy Spain thinks it a 'terrible' record and gives the impression of not knowing who Roy Orbison is. Richard Wyler liked the song especially the opening and the 'exciting' key changes. Verdict: three hits and a miss.

Record 2: Lloyd Price - 'Just Call Me'.
Pete Murray says Price is one of his favourite rock'n'roll singers but this is not his best record. Nancy Spain says she thought Lloyd Price was an architect confusing him with Frank Lloyd Wright; she finds the song 'dreary'. Richard Wyler agrees. Carmen McRae says she saw feet tapping in the audience and although she doesn't like it she thinks it may be a hit. Verdict: four misses.

Record 3: The Ted Taylor Four - 'M1'.
An instrumental. Cuts to Ted Taylor 'behind the screen' as the record plays. Nancy Spain likes the record but says it sounds more like a train than road traffic. Richard Wyler can 'take it or leave it'. Carmen McRae believes it will be a hit although it sounds as if everyone is 'belching'. Pete Murray thinks the record very good and says the Ted Taylor Four are very good musicians. Verdict: three hits and a miss.

Record 4: Nat King Cole - 'Just as Much as Ever'.
Richard Wyler likes the lilt and the lyric. Carmen McRae confesses herself to be a Nat King Cole fan and he can do no wrong. Pete Murray says other recordings have been made recently of this song but this is the best version. Nancy Spain says Nat King Cole 'sends' her. David Jacobs notes that the song was previously issued on an EP but is now re-issued as a single. Verdict: four hits.

Connie Francis - 'My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own'. Carmen McRae says she doesn't like Connie Francis or the record - poor harmonics and Connie sounds nasal. Pete Murray says Connie Francis is his mum's favourite singer but he thinks this is her worst record; she has a battle with the orchestra and it is hard to hear the words. Pete Murray thinks it will be a hit as she is touring the UK at the moment and the song is No. 2 in the US. Nancy Spain quotes some of the lyrics and jokes about them; she thinks it will be a hit but doesn't like it. Richard Wyler says he thought he liked Connie Francis but doesn't now. Verdict: four hits.

Paul Anka - 'Summer's gone'. Pete Murray says it is a bad record; Nancy Spain agrees. Richard Wyler believes it will be a hit. Carmen McRae says it is 'terrible', the worst thing she's heard in a long time. Verdict: three misses and a hit.

David Jacobs closes the show.

Note: 'Blue Angel' reached no. 11 in the UK charts and stayed for 16 weeks. 'Just Call Me' failed to make the charts. 'M1' failed to make the charts. 'Just as Much as Ever' reached no. 18 in the UK charts and stayed for 10 weeks. 'My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own' reached no. 3 in the UK charts and stayed for 15 weeks. 'Summer's Gone' failed to make the charts.