Outer Limits had the honour of having their first commercially
released single, Just One More Chance,
featured on BBC TV's Jukebox Jury.
This most enduring of UK pop panel shows
was hosted by deejay David Jacobs, in front of a Rock-Ola Tempo
II jukebox and his famous bell and hooter which he used to announce
whether a song was a Hit or Miss respectively.
It featured a celebrity panel of four
people rendering their judgements on the latest pop releases,
and had a catchy theme song called Hit and
Miss, penned and performed by John Barry and a hit in its
In the case of a split decision, a separate
panel made up of members of the audience voted as a tie-breaker.
There were guests of all kinds on the
panel, not only from the world of music, but also from sport and
the theatre. The most famous panellists were the four Beatles
The Outer Limits single was judged during
a 1967 program, with the guest panellists including the Shadows'
Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch.
As Jeff recalls, he watched the show as
the record was played before the panel, and then voted upon.
Bruce voted it a miss but Hank liked it,
saying "it reeks of a hit".
"He was also complimentary about
the vocal and the arrangement," Jeff said.
In the end, two panellists voted it a
hit, and two a miss, resulting in a tie.
The teenage studio audience then had to
cast the deciding vote, and they proclaimed it a hit, resulting
in David ringing his magic bell.
"I've always wanted to thank Hank
for that vote of confidence, that may well have had a positive
effect and reaffirmation of self-belief in my breakthrough less
than three years later," Jeff said.
"Peer acknowledgement and praise
from those you admire is like a blessing."
The jury's decision proved accurate, with
Just One More Chance nudging
the top 50 not a bad debut for an aspiring pop band.
Host David Jacobs and his magic buttons
"It's a hit!", votes the
Jukebox Jury studio audience