David Jacobs, The Man, The Voice, The Image
A look at the life of David Jacobs, The man, The voice, The image., from the BBC to the Stars.
The smooth voice of the BBC
Swarve and sophisticated, if you Google “Swarve” you will find it means “One who is stylish, cool, smoothly agreeable and courteous it’s from the Latin su vis, delightful and sweet, as for sophisticated, the online dictionary explains it as “Having acquired worldly knowledge or refinement; lacking natural simplicity or naiveté, having refined or cultured tastes and habits”
But to me it means David Jacobs.
David is a British actor and broadcaster, mostly known for the BBC Television show Juke Box Jury and of the BBC Radio 4 political forum, Any Questions?, now aged 84 he is still broadcasting on BBC Radio two.
It all started in the Navy
He was born David Lewis Jacobs in London on the 19th May 1926
He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947 his first venture into show business was with the BBC’s “Navy Mixture” along side of the likes of Jack Watson, Joy Nichols, Dick Bentley Jimmy Edwards and many more.
The radio producer Charles Maxwell had contracted Jimmy Edwards, together with Joy Nichols and Dick Bentley, for the final series in 1947 of the radio show Navy Mixture for which Muir had provided some scripts he later produced the show “Take it from here “
Hit or miss?
David Jacobs became an announcer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service after the end of “Navy Mixture” he later featured in most of the 53 episodes of the popular space adventure series Journey into Space. At the same time broadcasting on Radio Luxembourg
But he was best known for his Silky voice on “Juke Box jury” between 1959 and 1967 his almost nonchalant Sophisticated way had many a lady of a curtain age swooning.
He was one of the four original presenters of Top of the Pops and hosted the popular panel game what’s My Line? In 1975 David Jacobs survived a car accident in which his second wife Caroline was killed; he had married her earlier that year.
Still on the radio
He still has his Swarve and sophisticated way about him OK maybe a little slower these days but if you look closely into his eyes you will still see a sparkle in there
His radio program is a joy to listen to with a wide verity of music
On his last program he featured such artist as
* Dean Martin — Cuddle Up a Little Closer
* Jimmy Durante — I’ll See You in My Dreams
* Mario Lanza — They Didn’t Believe Me
* And Linda Ronstadt — What’s New