Samantha Juste - Updated Jul 2024

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Samantha Juste

Samantha Juste is a British TV Show Host famous in the mid-1960s as the “disc girl” on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. Samantha Juste is the former wife of the Monkees frontman who is an American drummer. Likewise, she was also an actress and a model.

Early Life and Childhood

Samantha Juste stepped into this world on May 31, 1944, in Manchester, England, UK. Her real name is Sandra Slater and she also owns a nickname which is Sammy. Likewise, she is under the birth sign, Gemini.

She was born to parents Leslie and Phylis Slater. Her father was a dressmaker. Other than this, no further information about any of her siblings and any other family members is available. Likewise, the tall, long-legged blonde soon became a teenage model and took the name Samantha Juste.

Regarding her educational background and qualifications, she studied textile and dress design at Rochdale College of Art. However, the name of the school and high school she attended is not available.


Samantha Juste suffered a stroke in her sleep on 2 February 2014. She died on 5 February 2014 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 69 years old.

Career and Professional Life

Top of The Pops” was a weekly half-hour program of current popular music. Johnnie Stewart initially conceived and produced it. The program was the first broadcast from a converted church in Rusholme Manchester on 1 January 1964. Samantha Juste was assistant to Cecil Korea who is the program’s assistant producer.

Likewise, after the first few episodes, she replaced Denise Sampey for 3½ years as she sat alongside the host (originally disc jockeys  Alan Freeman, David Jacobs, Jimmy Savile, and Pete Murray), to place records on a turntable and apply the stylus as the artist was about to perform. Moreover, Simon Dee, who first introduced the show in the year 1966, recalled that “I got my introduction right and didn’t get too distracted by the luscious she, my lovely co-host”.

Some viewers found the ritual incongruous since the artists were there to perform. But since they were miming, something for which the BBC made no secret and the procedure was honest. Moreover, on one occasion, a record by “The Swinging Blue Jeans” was played at the wrong speed.

She appeared briefly in the 1965 Swinging London films “The Knack” and “How to Get It”. Both the films were directed by Richard Lester and also released a 45 single the following year. Sammy 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. Likewise, its subsidiary Go and the other was Jacki Bond, a secretary with Strike who, like Juste, had little musical experience.

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She performed “No One Needs My Love Today” written by Phil Phillips on “Top of the Pops” on 24 November 1966. Miki Dallon produced the record and the backing music was provided by an orchestra conducted by Ken Woodman. Likewise, Ken had worked with Chris Andrews and Sandie Shaw and is famous for Town Talk, which became the theme tune of The Jimmy Young Show when BBC Radio 1 launched 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. Moreover, one critic commented that “any vocal shortcomings on this single are outweighed by her charming delivery”. Likewise, both “No One Needs My Love Toda”y and its “B” side, “Pierre Tubbs’ If Trees Could Talk”, were available on compilation discs and to download 40 years later.

During “Top of the Pops” she met artists who contributed to the British rock boom of the mid-1960s. And in January 1967, an American group called the “Monkees”, formed for an eponymous television series, reached the top of the British charts with “I’m a Believer”, by Neil Diamond. Likewise, she wrote articles for the teenage magazine 16 about her time with the Monkees.

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Caption: Samantha Juste along with her co-worker on “Top of The Pops” (Source: Google)

Business interests

She began her own fashion business while she was in California, when she moved to Acapulco, Mexico, in the year 1976. She even taught design in Ireland, then returned to Southern California, where she and Ami began an online jewelry business, Bluebell Boutique.

Relationship Status

The drummer Micky Dolenz recalled that he spotted Samantha Juste as he passed a studio cafeteria. Likewise, she and Micky began a relationship, prompting such headlines as “Samantha traps Monkee” and “Pops girl goes ape”. Dolenz also appears not to have realized that Juste was a celebrity and the publicity took him by surprise. Moreover, “Monkeemania” was such that some of the Monkees’ female fans resented her.

Micky Dolenz claimed they spent a week in her London flat. For much of the year 1967, Juste and Dolenz spent time together in England and California. Moreover, she also gave up “Top of the Pops” and moved with Dolenz to California, where they lived in Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. In June 1967, they attended the Monterey Pop Festival.

She and Micky Dolenz married in July 1968. Micky’s stepfather, Dr. Robert Scott, officiated. The couple’s daughter, Ami Bluebell Dolenz, became an actress. The couple also hosted parties attended by musicians and celebrities.

Furthermore, the Monkees disbanded in the year 1971, and Dolenz’s self-indulgence took its toll on his marriage. They divorced in the year 1975 and she retained custody of their daughter, although they reconciled as friends by the early 1990s. Likewise, in the year 2002, she was with Micky Dolenz at Ami’s wedding in Beverly Hills to actor and martial artist Jerry Trimble.

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Caption: Samantha Juste along with her husband and child (Source: Google)

Samantha Juste – Body Measurements

Body measurements of Samantha such as height, weight, chest size, waist size, hip size, and any other sizes are not available. However, she had a lean body and a very beautiful face. Likewise, she had blonde hair and green eyes.

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Caption: Samantha Juste posing for a picture (Source: Instagram)

Social Media

Samantha Juste didn’t own any social media accounts. She never had any access to the social world and was very happy with reality and real things.

Samantha Juste – Net Worth 2024

Furthermore, Samantha Juste’s net worth is unknown. But we know that her main income source is her career as a host and TV personality.