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Samantha Juste (born Sandra Slater; 31 May 1944 – 5 February 2014) became known on British television in the mid-1960s as the "disc girl" on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. In 1968 she married Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Their daughter is actress Ami Dolenz.
Manchester, England, UK
Claim to Fame
Top of the Pops, Miki Dolenz wife
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Samantha Juste (born Sandra Slater on 31 May 1944), became known on British television in the mid-1960s as the "disc girl" on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. In 1968 she married Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Their daughter is the actress Ami Dolenz.
Background and choice of name
Sandra Slater was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Her mother Phyllis was a dressmaker and Sandra studied textile and dress design at Rochdale College of Art .
Sandra was tall, blonde-haired, and long-legged. She became a teenage model, taking the name "Samantha Juste".
Top of the Pops
Top of The Pops was a weekly half-hour programme of current popular music, conceived and produced by Johnnie Stewart (1917–2005). It was first broadcast from a converted church in Rusholme, Manchester on 1 January 1964. Samantha Juste was assistant to Cecil Korer, the programme's assistant producer.
After taking over from Denise Sampey, who performed the role for the first few programmes, Juste’s function for 3½ years was to sit alongside the host (initially disc jockeys Jimmy Savile, David Jacobs, Alan Freeman and Pete Murray), to place records on a turntable and apply the needle as the artist was about to perform. Simon Dee, who first introduced the show in 1966, recalled that "I got my introduction right [and] didn’t get too distracted by the luscious Samantha Juste, my lovely co-host".
Some viewers found Juste’s ritual, though obviously for effect, incongruous since the artists were there to perform; however, since they were miming, something about which the BBC made no secret, there was honesty about the procedure. Indeed, on one occasion, a record by the Swinging Blue Jeans was played at the wrong speed.
Juste made a few records. She was one of two British women signed to Strike records (whose first single and only "hit", Neil Christian's That's Nice, was issued in February 1966) and its subsidiary Go. The other was Jacki Bond, a secretary with Strike, who, like Juste, had little musical experience.
Juste performed No One Needs My Love Today, written by Phil Phillips, on Top of the Pops on 24 November 1966. This record was produced by Miki Dallon, the backing music provided by an orchestra conducted by Ken Woodman, who had worked with Chris Andrews and Sandie Shaw and is best known for Town Talk, which became the theme tune of The Jimmy Young Show when BBC Radio 1 opened in 1967. No One Needs My Love Today was not a hit, but it was featured as a climber by the offshore "pirate" station Radio London in the week beginning 20 November. One critic commented that "any vocal shortcomings on this single are outweighed by her charming delivery". Both No One Needs My Love Today and its "B" side, Pierre Tubbs' If Trees Could Talk, were available on compilation discs and to download forty years later.
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