The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 27th February 1966
Fab 40 number 26 meets Fab 40 number 15!

Tom Jones has this week's highest Big L chart entry at #26, with 'Stop Breaking My Heart', while Elvis is up ten places to #15, with 'Blue River', a track he had recorded in 1963.

In the Nationals, Elvis fared less well than in the Big L chart, stalling at #22, while the unfortunate Tom's single failed to chart at all.
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Sha La La La Lee Small Faces
4
2
Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder
8
3
Barbara Ann Beach Boys
10
4
This Golden Ring Fortunes
15
5
Jenny Take A Ride Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
16
6
Lightnin' Strikes Lou Christie
18
7
Hold Tight Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
24
8
Backstage Gene Pitney
31
9
Me And You Diane Ferraz & Nicky Scott
1
10
19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones
20
11
You've Come Back P J Proby
12
12
Land Of 1000 Dances Cherokees
22
13
Make The World Go Away Eddy Arnold
21
14
Under Your Spell Again Johnny Rivers
25
15
Blue River Elvis Presley
28
16
You Don't Love Me Gary Walker
19
17
What Now My Love Sonny & Cher
33
18
Woman Peter & Gordon
7
19
Tomorrow Sandie Shaw
6
20
Inside Looking Out Animals
26
21
I Can't Let Go Hollies
30
22
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds
5
23
A Groovy Kind Of Love Mindbenders
2
24
My Love Petula Clark
9
25
Little By Little Dusty Springfield
26
Stop Breaking My Heart Tom Jones
27
Hide And Seek Sheep
28
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
29
Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind
30
Nowhere Man Three Good Reasons / Settlers
31
Running Round In Circles Ivy League
32
32
Never Let It Be Said Valerie Mitchell
39
33
Who Is Sylvia? Honeycombs
34
Red Hot Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
35
Something I've Got To Tell You Glenda Collins
11
36
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Nancy Sinatra
37
There'll Be Another Spring Frank Ifield
40
38
Why Don't I Run Away From You? Kiki Dee
39
I Met A Girl Shadows
40
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion Kinks

Two appearances in this week's chart for Gary Walker, as a solo artist with You Don't Love Me up to #16 and a new entry with Scott and John with The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore occupying Gary's previous week's slot of #28.

Left: Gary aboard the LV18 during the 2009 Pirate BBC Essex broadcast.

DJ Climbers:
Pop-Art Goes Mozart Tornados Tony Windsor
Climbers:
Husbands And Wives Roger Miller
Working My Way Back To You Four Seasons
Love Me With All Your Heart Bachelors
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel / Quiet Five
Like A Man New Faces
I See The Light Five Americans
Fly Me To The Moon Sam & Bill
In My Room Julie Rogers / Verdelle Smith
Ready Steady Clockwork Oranges
(Never More) Lonely For You Ikettes
Disc of the Week:
Try Too Hard Dave Clark Five

Ready Steady Clockwork Oranges Ember EMB S227

Initially, internet searches indicated that the Clockwork Oranges were in reality Italian supergroup I Pooh, incognito. Michel Bands from Grenoble, France, at first was convinced that this was a fallacy. However, in October 2007, Michel wrote again, from a different perspective. Then, in 2011, Austin Powell waded in to the debate with new evidence. Michel and Austin both came up with different answers to the mystery, but the band's true identity was never resolved completely. However, later that same year, it seemed we finally had the answer, when Rob Parish wrote to say that the Oranges were from Erith in Kent and that his brother John played drums with them.

The Clockwork Oranges debate has its own page, with Michel's original conclusions intact and the addition of the latest information, including photos kindly supplied by Austin. As mentioned on that page, Svenn Martinsen in Norway (who had concluded from the outset that the band was British) noted Ready Steady as being Mike Lennox's climber. However, the date Svenn recorded the infomation is March 7th, which would have related to next week's Fab Forty, where (as far as current information is concerned) Mike has been allocated Song Without End as his climber and the Clockwork Oranges have vanished.

On Tuesday, March 1st, the Mindbenders, Bob Lang (#105), Ric Rothwell (106) and Eric Stewart (107) joined the Knees Club at Wycombe Town Hall. Having parted company with Wayne Fontana (who would be signing his knees up later in the year), the Mancunian trio had enjoyed a #2 smash both in the Fab Forty and the Nationals with A Groovy Kind Of Love.

Eric would later form 10cc, with Graham Gouldman, while Bob was destined to become a member of Racing Cars.

(Left) mind-bending: the band pictured in With the Beatles mode

1966 diary notes list the support band as The Crowd, presumably playing this time minus Peter Fenton.


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 another Big L Fab 40!

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