Thursday, 27 June 2013

Recalling 1963: John Lennon on Juke Box Jury

John Lennon on Juke Box Jury
Last Saturday was the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles playing their only gig in Abergavenny in South Wales, however its a well known fact that all four Beatles  didn't arrive together to play in the Welsh town.

John Lennon’s appearance In Abergavenny on June 22 1963 was delayed by a recording of BBC TV’s Juke Box Jury which would be broadcast the following Saturday. It would be his first solo TV appearance without other members of The Beatles

The programme, presented by David Jacobs also featured TV personality Katie Boyle, actor Bruce Prochnik and actress Caroline Maudling on the panel deciding which new record releases would be hits or misses. 

In John’s case every release had a criticism even at one point comparing his music hero Elvis Presley’s new single Devil in Disguise to sounding like Bing Crosby.

Following the show’s recording at Television Centre in London, John was driven to Battersea Heliport where he boarded a helicopter with Beatles manager Brian Epstein  to join Paul, George and Ringo in Abergavenny.

Unfortunately John's appearance on Juke Box Jury was not retained in the BBC archive although a sound recording is known to exist.

All four Beatles would later appear together on Juke Box Jury on December 7 1963.

Read a transcript of John's comments on Juke Box Jury at The Beatles Ultimate Experience

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