The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 17th April 1966

Frank's little girl must have had ten-league boots made for jumping straight from a climber to the Fab Forty, at #22

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Week
Week
4
1
I Put A Spell On You Alan Price Set
3
2
That's Nice Neil Christian
5
3
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
6
4
The Pied Piper Crispian St Peters
7
5
Alfie Cilla Black
2
6
Substitute Who
9
7
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
11
8
Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
1
9
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
13
10
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration Righteous Brothers
24
11
Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann
18
12
Frankie And Johnny Elvis Presley
27
13
Little Latin Lupe Lu Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
10
14
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
26
15
Let's Run For Cover Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
15
16
Twinkle Toes Roy Orbison
33
17
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog Norma Tanega
34
18
A Sign Of The Times Petula Clark
19
Sloop John B Beach Boys
38
20
Splendour In The Grass Gulliver's People
36
21
Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
22
How Does That Grab You Darlin' Nancy Sinatra
8
23
A Legal Matter Who
12
24
Super Girl Graham Bonney
35
25
How Can I Tell Her Forresters
32
26
I Feel A Cry Coming On Hank Locklin
27
She Can Build A Mountain Paul Dean & the Soul Savages
28
Come On Home Wayne Fontana
23
29
Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind
30
Cheat And Lie Miki Dallon
39
31
Baby Don't Push Me Alan Bown Set
19
32
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
33
I'm Coming Home Cindy Trini Lopez
34
Together Again Ray Charles
35
One Track Mind Knickerbockers
36
You'd Better Make Up Your Mind Koobas
37
Once Geneveve
38
Take It Or Leave It Searchers
25
39
Run For Your Life Harbour Lites
40
I Take It That We're Through Riot Squad

28
Come On Home Wayne Fontana Fontana TF684

Wayne Fontana's new entry was written by Jackie Edwards. He has named Come On Home as his favourite of all the songs he recorded. No doubt he was delighted when it took him into the Fab Forty Top Ten.


36
You'd Better Make Up Your Mind Koobas Pye 7N17087

Having two months ago been obliged to share their first Fab Forty entry Take Me For a Little While, with soloist Stevie Lewis, Liverpool's KoobasKeith Ellis (bass) Stu Leatherwood (gtr/vocals), Roy Morris (gtr/vocals) and drummer Tony O'Riley are back at #36 with their second release You'd Better Make Up Your Mind. The band members' names vary in spelling depending on the source. In the April 9th edition of Record Mirror (left) birthday boy Stu's name is spelt Leathwood.

Kooba vinyl is quite collectable and mint copies of You'd Better Make Up Your Mind can command upwards of £60, The Koobas, the eponymous debut album released in 1969, in excess of an amazing £600.

The lads apparently had a thing about matching over-the-top trousers - described in the item on the left as 'Kooba-trews'. (Click on the picture to read an enlarged version of the text) Other unforgettable band fashions beside the chequered creations included the pants below, which would undoubtedly have stopped the bus.



Click on the picture to see a larger version of the Koobas in the SRE Tour Programme.

The Koobas were also in the line-up for Radio England's Swinging 66 tour, (see their page from the tour programme, left). Commencing in August, it played Lewisham Odeon (12th), Finsbury Park Astoria (13th), Birmingham Odeon (15th), Sheffield Gaumont (16th), Leeds Odeon (17th), Glasgow Odeon (18th), Newcastle Odeon (19th), Liverpool Odeon (20th), Manchester Odeon (22nd), Cardiff Capitol (23rd), Exeter Odeon (24th) and Southampton Odeon (25th). They shared the bill with fellow Fab Forty artists like Neil Christian, Wayne Fontana (who appeared only in the London shows - Dave Berry took their place for the rest of the tour) and Crispian St Peters with the Small Faces topping the bill. Shows were hosted by SRE Boss Jocks, Roger Day, Larry Dean, Ron O'Quinn and Jerry Smithwick.

The proclaimed 'tour of the year' unfortunately did very badly, mainly because many of the venues booked were well outside the Radio England reception area. The potential audience was not only unfamiliar with the station but it had not heard any promotions for the concerts, resulting in poor attendance. In an attempt to recoup some of their losses, station management resorted to selling autographed copies of the programmes.

The Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame has a clip of Jerry Smithwick introducing a promo for the tour.

Although there are no full chart listings available for Radio England, it seems logical that the station, having booked the Koobas for its tour, would have been giving the band plenty of airplay. However, You'd Better Make Up Your Mind appears to have been ignored by both the City Sixty or the Caroline Countdown of Sound.

DJ Climbers:
Ain't That A Groove James Brown & the Famous Flames Tony Windsor



Climbers:
The World You Left Behind Larry Cunningham
Love Ya Illya Angela & the Fans
Lies A Million Roving Kind
Never Leave Your Baby's Side Tony Jackson
I Could Make You Fall In Love Rockin' Berries
I Love Her Paul & Barry Ryan
Come Summertime Gibsons
That's A Magic Moment John Summers
Then So Do I Johnny Carr
Come See Me Pretty Things
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart Supremes
May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone Toys
I Know You Don't Love Me No More Felder's Orioles
I Can't Get Through Bill Oddie
You've Got To Learn Diane Ferraz & Nicky Scott
Behind The Door St Louis Union
Shotgun Wedding Roy C
What's Been Done Wimple Winch
Disc of the Week:
Love Around The World David Ballantyne
Album of the Week:  
Aftermath Rolling Stones


Advert courtesy of Brian Long


What's Been Done Wimple Winch Fontana TF686

Wimple Winch's singles are extremely collectable, with mint copies of What's Been Done valued at over £160. (Click on the picture for an Amazon link to more information about the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide.)

The band's story is a classic one of a combination of sheer bad luck and unfortunate timing conspiring to keep a talented and popular outfit from fame and fortune. One of the original Merseybeat groups, Four Just Men relocated to Manchester, experienced numerous personnel changes and suffered an enforced name-switch to Just Four Men before evolving into Wimple Winch. Demetrius (Dee) Christopholus, John Kelman, Larry Arendes, aka King, and Keith Shepherd released three Fontana singles under that name. None of them were National chart successes, but none is currently valued at less than £200.

Both sides of this single were penned by band members. Dee Christopholus wrote What's Been Done, while the B-side I Really Love You was by John Kelman and Larry King.

For the full story of the band, see the Manchesterbeat website which says that Wimple Winch is reputedly an old English name for a ditch. Larry King's personal website Pacific Drift.

Tales from the Sinking Ship – Singles, demos, acetates and unissued recordings from Just Four Men 1964 - 68, is a 20-track CD which contains both sides of this single and the follow-ups. Wimple Winch was resident band at The Sinking Ship club until a fire destroyed both the club and their equipement.






This week aboard the Galaxy
Monday, March 18th, Dave Cash
left Big L and with Earl Richmond also gone, the station was rather short-staffed. Chris Denning became the new DJ joining the station from Radio Luxembourg. He had been sacked for sending up the famous 'K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M' adverts. Somewhat ironically, Kenny Everett got the sack from Big L for sending up The World Tomorrow and ended up on 208 while Denning got sacked from 208 for sending up commercials and ended up on Big L. 208's Johnny Moran had been intending to join Radio London, but had pulled out at the last minute. Denning applied for the vacancy at the suggestion of Ed Stewart after they met in a club.

Dave Cash had been suffering with health problems and was consequently finding a shipbound life very dificult, but with the increasing number of Big L on-shore events, he was able to continue to work for the station hosting gigs.

This week ashore
Tuesday, April 19th
at Wycombe Town Hall. The group holding the #1 Fab 40 slot, The Alan Price Set appeared. I can recall no reason for them not joining the Knees Club, but it is possible that this was one of the rare occasions when we KC Officials were not allowed backstage. The only other time I can recall it happening was at the appearance of Herman's Hermits.

Weds, April 20th I noted in my diary that this was the day that Dave Cash left, but other sources list it as being Monday 18th.

This was the last day of the school Easter holidays, and Club Official and schoolfriend Mozz (#2) and I walked all the way from Wycombe to Slough (a distance of about 15 miles!) to check on the welfare of the knees of the newly-joined member #172, Alan Bown, and take him a copy of the latest Knees Monthly. When we finally turned up on his doorstep after walking all day, we suddenly discovered we could scarcely think of anything to say to him.



The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here

This week's Radio City 'City Sixty' on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here


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