Jacki Bond was a secretary working for Strike records in the mid-1960s who, though without previous musical experience, had a short recording career in 1965-7. She came from South London and, with Samantha Juste, who co-hosted BBC television's Top of the Pops, was one of two British female vocalists signed to Strike or (in Juste's case) its subsidiary, Go.
Bond's first single record, My Sister's Boy, was released in 1965 by Columbia records, an EMI subsidiary, under license from Millwick Music, the publishing company from which Strike emerged. Her second, Tell Him to Go Away, which was coupled with Don't You Worry ('bout Me) (a song written by the head of Strike, Lionel Segal, and arranged by Alan Caddy, former lead guitarist of the Tornados ), appeared in March 1966. It was only the second record to be released by Strike, but, although the first, Neil Christian's That's Nice, had been widely promoted by Radio London and other "pirate" stations and reached number 14 in the British sales charts, Bond did not enjoy similar success. In fact, That's Nice proved to be Strike's only chart success.
Bond's third and final single, the highly infectious He Say, released by Strike in November 1966  and coupled with Why Can't I Love Him, was written by Pierre Tubbs and Bond herself and recorded with an orchestra conducted by Ken Woodman. It has been described as "an irresistibly uptempo slab of New York-style girl-pop", but, though popular on the Northern soul circuit, Strike lacked the promotional machinery to help make it a commercial success. (Even Samantha Juste's No One Needs My Love Today, issued in the same month, which she performed on Top of the Pops, made little impact.)
Demise of Strike records
In 1967 Bond recorded Lionel Bart's Reviewing the Situation from the musical Oliver!, but Strike folded before it could be released; the company's final single, Our Plastic Dream's vaguely psychedelic A Little Bit of Shangrila, was released by Go in August 1967  as the "Summer of Love" was reaching its climax. Reviewing the Situation was released 36 years later on a compilation album.
A note on images
According to Pierre Tubbs, Bond was short, with long hair. Photographs of her during her brief recording career, if they exist, are elusive. None has appeared with re-releases of Strike recordings. There is a photo of her on a single from 1966 released by Strike, entitled Don't you worry/Tell him to go away
Bond went on to sign with Larry Page of Page one records under the name of Judi Scott where she released a song dedicated to George Best.
- Columbia Db7719. My Sister's Boy was released in America by Roulette Records, 4643.
- This was not the same song as Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me), recorded in 1966 by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
- Strike Records, JH 302
- Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (15th ed)
- Strike Records, JH 320
- Keiron Tyler, March 2001 (sleeve notes for CD, The Best of Strike Records)
- Go Records, AJ 11411
- CD, Dream Babes, Volume 4 (RPM, 2003)
- Sleeve notes for CD, The Best of Strike Records, 2001
Recordings by Jacki Bond
|Date of release||Songs||Label|
|1965||My Sister's Boy c/w Now I Know||Columbia|
|March 1966||Tell Him To Go Away c/w Don't You Worry ('bout Me)||Strike|
|November 1966||He Say c/w Why Can't I Love Him||Strike|
|2003||Reviewing the Situation [recorded 1967] (Dream Babes: Volume 4)||RPM|