The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 24th April 1966

As Pet Clark says, 'It's a Sign of the Times' that Angela & the Fans are in the Fab 40 at #36 with 'Love Ya Illya' while 'Illya' himself – David McCallum (right)– arrives at #30 with 'Communication'. In 1966, those Men from U.N.C.L.E. were mega-stars who even inspired a Knees Monthly spoof, 'The Knee From A.N.K.L.E.'!

The other 'Man' in the series, agent Napoleon Solo – Robert Vaughan (left, trying desperately to climb aboard the Galaxy after having swum all the way from Frinton) – missed the boat when it came to the Radio London chart. (More Angela and the Fans info in the Big L Fab 40 for 01/05/66)
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Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
4
2
The Pied Piper Crispian St Peters
7
3
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
11
4
Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann
5
5
Alfie Cilla Black
1
6
I Put A Spell On You Alan Price Set
19
7
Sloop John B Beach Boys
3
8
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
10
9
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration Righteous Brothers
12
10
Frankie And Johnny Elvis Presley
16
11
Twinkle Toes Roy Orbison
17
12
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog Norma Tanega
28
13
Come On Home Wayne Fontana
20
14
Splendour In The Grass Gulliver's People
18
15
A Sign Of The Times Petula Clark
9
16
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
22
17
How Does That Grab You Darlin' Nancy Sinatra
30
18
Cheat And Lie Miki Dallon
6
19
Substitute Who
21
20
Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
2
21
That's Nice Neil Christian
22
Something On My Mind Chris Andrews
33
23
I'm Coming Home Cindy Trini Lopez
36
24
You'd Better Make Up Your Mind Koobas
31
25
Baby Don't Push Me Alan Bown Set
27
26
She Can Build A Mountain Paul Dean & the Soul Savages
27
Love Around The World David Ballantyne
34
28
Together Again Ray Charles
29
Sorrow Merseys
30
Communication David McCallum
25
31
How Can I Tell Her Forresters
32
Never Leave Your Baby's Side Tony Jackson
33
Shotgun Wedding Roy C
34
You've Got To Learn Diane Ferraz & Nicky Scott
37
35
Once Geneveve
36
Love Ya Illya Angela & the Fans
37
Ain't That A Groove James Brown & the Famous Flames
38
I Hear Trumpets Blow Episode Six
39
39
Run For Your Life Harbour Lites
40
I Can't Get Through Bill Oddie


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She Can Build A Mountain Paul Dean & the Soul Savages Reaction 591002

Paul Dean was the pianist in two of the many line-ups of Lord Sutch's Savages and apparently regularly dressed up as female 'victims' of Sutch's onstage 'Jack the Ripper'character. He is often to be seen in TV documentaries about the 2 IIs Coffee Bar, where the band played regularly. Paul featured on the 1963 Sutch single, I'm A Hog For You Baby and was with the band in 1964, when His Lordship was running Radio Sutch from the Shivering Sands fort.

Two singles were issued under the Paul Dean name in 1965 and '66. The first, You Don't Own Me, a cover of the Lesley Gore's 1964 hit as seen from a male perspective, was credited to Paul Dean and the Thoughts. The two musicians who mainly backed Dean under various guises were Pete Phillipps and Stuart Taylor. In The London Sound, the information that Brian Long has used for the Fab 40 credits the single to Paul Dean and the Thoughts, as per the first release. (Elsewhere, the single has been credited to Paul Dean and the Soul Savages.) However, it appears that Reaction gave Radio London a demo copy and then at release date changed the credit to simply 'Paul Dean'. This probably happened on a number of occasions, as Big L was always ahead of the crowd and the record companies clamoured to get their new singles out to the Galaxy. Both the A - She Can Build a Mountain and B-side – A Day Gone By - were written by Dean, under his real name of Paul Oscar Beuselinck (he co-wrote the B-side with Ronnie Harwood), both were published by Radio London's Pall Mall Music and produced by Robert Stigwood.

Paul, (above left) appeared with his band, at the time called the Dreamers, at the California Ballroom, Dunstable in 1962.

Paul Dean later appeared in the Fab Forty under the name of Oscar, with Club of Lights, (see FF for 19/06/66) and Join My Gang (written by Pete Townshend) , but it was the 1967 novelty song Over the Wall We Go (penned by David Bowie) that attracted the most attention. Dean eventually became best known as actor Paul Nicholas.

According to the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide, the single She Can Build a Mountain/A Day Gone By, credited to Paul Dean and the Soul Savages, first appeared on Polydor (NH 59102) in 1964, and is thought to have remained unreleased. This could account for the discrepancy over the credits. The sharp-eyed viewer will notice that this matrix number is almost identical to the later Reaction number, 591002. The connection between Sutch's Savages and the Soul Savages, is covered in detail on Forgotten Bands of the 50s and 60s. (Click on the picture for an Amazon link to more information about the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide)

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I Hear Trumpets Blow Episode Six PYE 7N17110

Episode Six: Chapter 2 – Trumpets still blowing in 2010!
Harvey Shield, the former drummer with Radio London's favourite band Episode Six, kindly sent this photo of a band reunion gig in 2010. He said:

"Last summer Roger Glover, Tony Landon and I played together for the first time since 1967. We originally formed a group together (The Madisons) in 1961. Here we are Uxbridge Golf Club. And yes, that's Sheila Dimmock on stage too!"Harvey now lives in Los Angeles and is a member of Doo-Wop group The Mighty Echoes.

Below, Episode Six spent December 1966 and January 1967 in Beirut. (Photo courtesy of Brian Long.)

The band, signed to the Philip Birch Agency, was heavily promoted on Radio London, and made many Fab Forty appearances, but their singles never charted nationally. Deep Purple's Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were founders and also Knees Club Members.

In December 2015, Episode Six celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a reun ion gig in London.

DJ Climbers:
I Go To Sleep Truth Duncan Johnson



Climbers:
Here In My Arms Robie Porter
Nothing's Too Good For My Baby Stevie Wonder
Stop Her On Sight (SOS) Edwin Starr
My Darling Hildegarde Statler Brothers
I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree Just Us
The Train To Disaster Voice
I Do Goldie
Eight Miles High Byrds
Monday Monday Mamas & Papas
Wild Thing Troggs
The Big Hurt Del Shannon
Lies A Million Roving Kind
Disc of the Week:
Can't Live With You, Can't Live Without You Mindbenders
Album of the Week:  
Cilla Sings a Rainbow Cilla Black



The Big Hurt Del Shannon Liberty LIB 55866

Del Shannon's version of The Big Hurt, arranged by Leon Russell and produced by Russell and Snuff Garrett, was a remake of Toni Fisher's US #3 from 1959. Seven years later, Del's cover was complete with the famous phasing effect that had enhanced the original thanks to a studio error that its producers decided to keep. Toni Fisher's recording is thought to be the first time this effect was used.

In the UK, in 1960, Toni Fisher's original made #30, but lost out to competition from a non-phased UK cover by Welsh songstress Maureen Evans, who took it to #26.

(Top left) The Big Hurt released on an overseas EP.

(Right). Toni looks miffed with Maureen.

WXYZ's Detroit Sound Survey for this week in 1966, placed the Del Shannon version at #16. It featured on at least 10 US local radio playlists , but #16 was its highest placing. Nationally, it remained in the lower ten of the Hot Hundred for just 2 weeks before vanishing.

Later in 1966, Radio London engineers Dave Hawkins and Russell Tollerfield experimented with their own phased versions of No Milk Today and other singles on the Big L playlist. The effect became popular on later recordings, such as the Small Faces' Itchycoo Park, Nirvana's Rainbow Chaser and the Supremes' Nathan Jones.

The Big Hurt is on This is My Bag, /Total Commitment a compilation of the first two Del Shannon albums that were released on the Liberty label.

Del Shannon tribute site

On Tuesday, April 25th, Wycombe Town Hall. Neil Christian, promoting present chart action from That's Nice signed up to the Knees Club as member #218. His backing group were the Crusaders: Jimmy 'Tornado' Evans (#219), Tony Marsh (#221), Avid Andersen (#222) and Ritchie Blackmore (#220). Manager, Ron Watell also joined (#224). The group members wrote fictitious names in the Knees Club Book as a prank. Our only assurance that the individuals listed above were the members of the Crusaders at that time, comes from Pete Frame's 'Rock Family Trees' book. (For more info, click on the Amazon link, left). The book lists the band line-up (its sixth) in April '66. Thus, the club acquired Ritchie Blackmore, the first of 5 fledgling members of Deep Purple to join. (See 'The Knees Club Deep Purple Connection'.)

On Friday, April 29th at Beaconsfield Youth Club, the club recruited the Four Pennies: Fritz Fryer (230), Mike Wilsh (231), Lionel Morton (232) and Alan Buck (233). Lionel was married to actress Julia Foster, who accompanied the band, but we somehow failed to recruit Julia for the club.

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

Tune in next week for the start of the Field's Fab 40 section of the Radio London chart!

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