The Early Radio London Fab Forties

Sunday 5th December 1965
This week, the Fab Forty started at a new time, airing between 1400 and 1800 and Pepsi-Cola began sponsoring the Big L Top Ten. More climbers and promos were being added to pad out this very long chart countdown, because it was imperative that there were sufficient records in the programme to ensure that the Pepsi Cola Top Ten started at exactly 1730.

Rescue Me – a recent #4 from the US Hot Hundred – leaps nine Fab 40 places to #5. It just failed to make the National Top Ten, stalling at #11.

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This
 
Week
Week
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1
We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper Beatles
6
2
The River Ken Dodd
11
3
Maria P J Proby
3
4
Let's Hang On Four Seasons
14
5
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
21
6
To Whom It Concerns Chris Andrews
12
7
You Were On My Mind Crispian St Peters
2
8
Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) Cliff Richard
1
9
My Generation Who
25
10
My Ship Is Coming In Walker Brothers
4
11
Princess In Rags Gene Pitney
19
12
This Year, Next Year Honeycombs
32
13
It's All Happening Leapy Lee
33
14
You Make It Move Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
35
15
Keep On Running Spencer Davis Group
29
16
Take Me For What I'm Worth Searchers
9
17
1-2-3 Len Barry
24
18
Till The End Of The Day Kinks
17
19
Turn Turn Turn Byrds
7
20
Get Off Of My Cloud Rolling Stones
18
21
The Carnival Is Over Seekers
16
22
How Can You Tell? Sandie Shaw
30
23
Fever McCoys
24
If I Needed Someone Hollies
31
25
Eight Days A Week Alma Cogan
26
A Must To Avoid Herman's Hermits
15
27
Is It Really Over? Jim Reeves
28
The Little Girl I Once Knew Beach Boys
29
Where Does Love Go? Roger Moore
36
30
Leave It To Me A Band Of Angels
8
31
Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan
40
32
All Or Nothing Patti LaBelle & her Belles
37
33
It Comes And Goes Mike Berry
34
England Swings Roger Miller
35
Whole Lotta Love Cheetahs
36
Starlight Melody Nini Rosso
37
I Hear A Symphony Supremes
38
Broken Hearted Clown Foresters
38
39
Is This The Dream? Zombies
27
40
Go My Way Valerie Mitchell

38
Broken Hearted Clown Foresters Polydor 56038

The Foresters released six singles between1965 and 1967, the first three on Polydor and the remaining three on Columbia. ('Forresters' was the name appearing on the fourth single, but this was most likely a typesetting error.) Very little information had come to light regarding the band until February 2006, when we heard from their rhythm guitarist, Rusty Douch. Rusty reveals that he formed the band, originally a skiffle group, with his drummer brother Bob. The band had an unusual way of picking a moniker. "Would you believe when we started in skiffle music we were looking for a name on the quick and in our parents' house in Upton Park, East London, our father had made a room into a proper bar called the Nip Inn. On the wall was an advert for a beer called Forest Ale, so my brother and I decided that the name of the band would be The Foresters."

The Foresters all came from the East End of London, mostly the Canning Town area. The band line-up was Barrie Holland (vocals, now deceased), Peter Braithwaite (lead guitar and vocals), Ron Skillett (bass and vocals) (d 2013), Rusty Douch (rhythm and vocals), Bob Douch (drums). Barrie wrote all six of the band's A-sides.

"A particularly memorable gig with The Foresters would have to be when the Beatles first came to the East End and us and them sitting on the stage at the East Ham Granada with our feet over the orchestra pit talking to John, Paul, George and Ringo", says Rusty. "Ringo said that he would like to do a country song and I suggested he listened to Buck Owens who was the 'in' country singer at that time." (Ringo obviously took Rusty's advice, as he covered Buck Owen's Act Naturally for the Help album.) Rusty continues, "There was also the time that we backed Roy Orbison when he came over to the UK for a Fan Club get together in the West End of London. My brother Bob has a photo of that occasion. We also appeared at the Marquee Club on the Saturday Show compered by Brian Matthew, alongside Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mitch & Tich.

My brother Bob is still drumming in a duo in a working man's-type club in Basildon, but I have lost touch with the other band members."

Because he was having problems with his scanner, Rusty very kindly entrusted us with precious band photos of the Foresters. Since the Sixties he has carved a name for himself in country music both in the UK and abroad. Read about Rusty's musical career, with many fascinating photos, on his website.

Polydor was crafty with the design of the generic advertisement above, which, while making it clear that the single is doing well on the north sea stations, avoids mentioning any of their names. No doubt several stations were playing it, but unfortunately, the band never got to visit any of them.

Peter Braithwaite, Barrie Holland, Ron Skillett, Rusty Douch,
Bob Douch.
Photo: Gilbert of Mayfair

 

The Fab Forty as it appeared in Music Echo, showing the Forresters (with two 'r's) at #38. Click on picture to read an enlarged version

 

DJ Climbers:    
It's Not True Untamed Dave Dennis
The Long Cigarette Roulettes Duncan Johnson
I Won't Love You Anymore (Sorry) Lesley Gore Paul Kaye
A Groovy Kind Of Love Mindbenders Mark Roman
Hello Dolly Bachelors Earl Richmond
Are You There (With Another Girl) Dionne Warwick Ed Stewart
I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore Young Rascals Dave Cash

Climbers:
Don't Push Me Hedgehoppers Anonymous
Witches' Brew Janie Jones
Something About You Four Tops
Disc of the Week:  
I Stand Accused Merseybeats

Alan Field's Fab Notes:
A Groovy Kind Of Love
by the Mindbenders was scheduled for release on 10th December 1965. It eventually entered the Fab 40 on 23rd January 1966, seven weeks after being chosen by Mark Roman. More of a sleeper than a climber!

Witches' Brew by Janie Jones had been released on 26th November 1965, and entered the Fab 40 on 26th December, three weeks after this climber listing. Another sleeper perhaps, but just a little nap compared with the Mindbenders.

It's Not True by the Untamed was kept on as Dave Dennis's climber for a second week on 12th December 1965.


The climbers and Disc of the Week in BLUE have been added as a supplement to Brian Long's original listing, and were kindly contributed by Kees Brinkerink
with information gained from listening to archive Radio London recordings.


The Caroline 'Sounds of '65' chart (south ship) for this week is here

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