The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 29th August 1965

Straight in at #27. The Hollies – going through their 'peeping tom' phase!

Dylan continues to dominate the playlists, with six recordings of his songs in this week's Fab Forty. Yet another Dylan composition will be appearing in two weeks' time, as sung by Manfred Mann.

 

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1
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones
1
2
I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
2
3
All I Really Want To Do Byrds / Cher
8
4
Make It Easy On Yourself Walker Brothers
5
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
13
6
What's New Pussycat? Tom Jones
3
7
Zorba's Dance Marcello Minerbi
10
8
Don't Make My Baby Blue Shadows
39
9
Whatcha Gonna Do About It? Small Faces
20
10
Just A Little Bit Better Herman's Hermits
16
11
Laugh At Me Sonny
7
12
Help! / I'm Down Beatles
19
13
Il Silenzio Nini Rosso
32
14
Take A Heart Sorrows
27
15
Universal Soldier (EP) Donovan
26
16
Hark Unit 4 + 2
21
17
You're My Girl Rockin' Berries
37
18
The Time In Between Cliff Richard & the Shadows
5
19
Everyone's Gone To The Moon Jonathan King
17
20
Ju Ju Hand Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
28
21
I Have Cried My Last Tear Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers
11
22
Catch Us If You Can Dave Clark Five
23
Look Through Any Window Hollies
6
24
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
9
25
We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place Animals
26
(It Won't Hurt) Half As Much Them
30
27
Hurt Me If You Will Mark Four
28
Baby Don't Go Sonny & Cher
4
29
See My Friend Kinks
30
Try To Understand Lulu
33
31
Hang On Sloopy McCoys
32
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
29
33
That's The Way I Must Go Headliners
31
34
I'll Never Get Over You Everly Brothers
35
Ride Away Roy Orbison
23
36
You've Got Your Troubles Fortunes
37
It's All Over Now Baby Blue Leroy Van Dyke
36
37
It's All Over Now Baby Blue Joan Baez
38
Everything's Wrong Chubby Checker
39
Save Your Heart For Me Gary Lewis & the Playboys
40
She Belongs To Me Masterminds


Fab Notes from Alan Field:

According to Brian Long in his book The London Sound, both sides of the Beatles' single were now being played on Big L due to the saturation play that Help! was getting on radio and tv. As the record slips to #12 this week, Radio London starts to list the B-side I'm Down alongside Help! in the Fab Forty.

Something else that Brian points out is the amusing play on words that provided the stage name for the artist who enters the Fab 40 at #38 this week. Ernest Evans was said to resemble a young Fats Domino, so it seemed only natural he should be renamed Chubby Checker!

Additional notes from Mary Payne:

A recording of the Kenny and Cash Show broadcast on Thursday, Sept 2nd does indeed include an airing of I'm Down, plus a brief interview with Chubby Checker, taped the previous Saturday during the Radio London Club afternoon at the Marquee Club. Chubby must have been in the UK promoting his new single Everything's Wrong, new in this week's Fab Forty at #38. He was clearly attempting to shake off his outdated 'twist' image.

Kenny and Dave had the Marquee crowd yelling, "We want knees! We want knees!". At first we wondered if this had been an attempt on their part to get Decca to release their Knees single and to have it accepted onto the Big L playlist, but then we established that they had not actually recorded the song when the recording was made at the Radio London Club afternoon. Radio London DJs wrote the Big L Column for 'Disc' on a rota basis. On 30th October 1965, shortly after the demise of the Kenny and Cash Show, the Dynamic Duo wrote that they had just recorded 'Knees'. Perhaps they had incited the Marquee crowd to yell for a display of patellae? (Possibly Chubby Checker's.)

So far, no recorded evidence has emerged of either side of the Kenny and Cash record having received airplay on Radio London. This was despite the single's B-side – called The B-Side (what else?) – being a product of the Radlon-linked publishing company, Pall Mall Music. A strange decision by Decca saw the 'B' side moved to the 'A' side (which, as the song's creator, David Cumming points out, made no sense whatsoever). Fate conspired against Kenny and Cash enjoying a hit single - although from what David reports about the recording session, Kenny would not have enjoyed it at all! Climber lists from this period are far from complete and recordings from 1965 are thin on the ground, but the possibility of the single having featured as a climber cannot be ruled out entirely. However, there are several reasons why Knees might have failed to make the Radio London playlist. By the time it was released (or 'escaped') in November, Programme Director Ben Toney probably considered that the only point in Big L promoting a novelty single might have been as a possible revenue for Pall Mall. (Thanks to the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame).

DJ Climbers:    
Whenever You're Ready Zombies Kenny Everett
Roundabout Connie Francis Earl Richmond

Disc of the Week:  
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield

Two of this week's twelve Radio London Club members whose names were drawn to win a copy of the Disc of the Week were Kent residents Charles Quenby of Faversham and Barbara Pursey of Snodland.

Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

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