Saturday, June 22, 2013

Juke Box Jury

Two things happened on December 07 1963 for the Beatles: actually , three things but we will concentrate on two of them as they were both televised. The first thing was the appearance of the Beatles on the UK television show "Juke Box Jury" recorded and broadcast live from the Empire Theatre in Liverpool (The Beatles' hometown).
This BBC-TV production was hosted by David Jacobs and it had the four Beatles commenting and reviewing the current hits of the day; the concept being that they would give their opinions on the tunes making them either a "hit" or a "miss".  A concert for the fan club was given afterwards but for this post we will chat about the "Juke Box Jury" section.
Most of the reviews and comments about the songs being played were of a fairly light and pleasant nature and most of them were considered "hits" by the band. The songs reviewed included: "I Could Write A Book" by The Chants, "Kiss Me Quick" by Elvis Presley, "The Hippy Hippy Shake" by The Swinging Bluejeans, "Did You have a Happy Birthday" by Paul Anka, "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis, "I Can't Stop Talking About You" by Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, "Do You Really Love Me Too" by Billy Fury, "There! I"ve Said It Again" by Billy Fury, "Love Hit Me" by the Orchids, "I Think Of You" by The Merseybeats.
Unfortunately, there is no video of this appearance as it was wiped by BBC-TV (naughty boys !!) therefore I only found a bit of audio from the show that is in the link below. You can also hear a bit of audio from the bootleg CD "Mythology Vol. 1" which also has about 10 minutes from the show.

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