The Early Radio London Fab Forties

Sunday 2nd January 1966 – The week of the birth of the Knees Club!

Pinkerton's Assorted Colours has lost half its band name in the translation on this pic sleeve!

The Guinness Book of Hit Singles (1979 edition) uses a photograph of the band so similar to this one, it must have been taken at the same session. The book points out that the band was never pictured without its autoharp.

'Mirror Mirror', shooting up to #5 in this week's Fab 40, was also a Top Ten hit in the Nationals.
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A Must To Avoid Herman's Hermits
4
2
The Little Girl I Once Knew Beach Boys
5
3
England Swings Roger Miller
3
4
We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper Beatles
12
5
Mirror Mirror Pinkerton's Assorted Colours
8
6
The Water Is Over My Head Rockin' Berries
16
7
Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
1
8
Keep On Running Spencer Davis Group
7
9
The Long Cigarette Roulettes
14
10
Don't Push Me Hedgehoppers Anonymous
13
11
Eight Days A Week Alma Cogan
10
12
You Make It Move Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
19
13
Hello Dolly Bachelors
11
14
My Girl Otis Redding
29
15
A Sweet Woman Like You Joe Tex
30
16
Tchaikovsky One Second City Sound
17
17
May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose Little Jimmy Dickens
9
18
Till The End Of The Day Kinks
40
19
Midnight To Six Man Pretty Things
36
20
Can't Nobody Love You David Essex
32
21
Witches' Brew Janie Jones
20
22
Make The World Go Away Eddy Arnold / Dodie West
39
23
Music Talk Beryl Marsden
26
24
Creation Rick & Sandy
6
25
Take Me For What I'm Worth Searchers
26
Michelle David & Jonathan / Overlanders
31
27
Ebb Tide Righteous Brothers
37
28
Second Hand Rose Barbra Streisand
29
Apple Of My Eye Roy Head & the Traits
18
30
Something About You Four Tops
31
It Was Easier To Hurt Her Wayne Fontana
32
Five O'Clock World Vogues
33
That's My Life (My Love And My Home) Freddie Lennon
34
A Young Girl Of Sixteen Noel Harrison
35
Like A Baby Len Barry
27
36
I Can't Believe What You Say Val McKenna
15
37
It's All Happening Leapy Lee
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Goodbye Girl Keith Powell
39
Take Me For A Little While Koobas / Stevie Lewis
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We Kiss In A Shadow Majority

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That's My Life (My Love And My Home) Freddie Lennon Piccadilly 7N35290

John Lennon had met Big L Programme Director Ben Toney at a New Year's Eve party and told him in no uncertain terms how disgruntled he was about his father's single being played on Radio London. (There is currently no climber information for the previous Fab Forty, but Ben's story does confirm that That's My Life (My Love And My Home) must have been played on the station for at least one week.) Ben had promised John he would get the record off the ship – and the playlist – as soon as possible, but it seems he was unable to do so before it had spent this and next week in the Fab Forty.

Mint condition copies of That's My Life (My Love And My Home) can now command around £75.

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We Kiss In A Shadow Majority Decca F12313

This band from Hull, originally called the Mustangs, released no fewer than eight unsuccessful Decca singles between 1965 and 68. We Kiss In A Shadow is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from the musical, The King and I. With Ring the Bells, a Ray Davies composition, on the B side, the single can command in excess of £40.

The band evolved into Majority One, and Cherry Red records released their album Rainbow Rocking Chair in 2005. The Cherry Red website reveals:

Majority One were veterans of the British rock scene, having released eight unsuccessful singles for Decca between 1965 and 1968 as The Majority, when in late '68 they backed Barry Ryan on his top ten hit, Eloise. Following this they played sessions recording Ryan's album and backed him on tour with the Beach Boys.

Their next work came from an offer to relocate to France and play some live shows booked by a Parisian Agent. Thus through 1969-1971 the now renamed Majority One were based in Paris and recorded their one LP plus a handful of singles, as well as playing regular tours, including one with Mungo Jerry culminating at a major festival in Aix en Provence in front of 50,000 people.

Mary Payne, Knees Club Founder, says:

January 7th 1966 was the first National Knees Day. I can't recall whether the idea came from me or from Radio London, but I regard the date as being the beginning of the Knees Club.

The first group to join, at Beaconsfield Youth Club, Buckinghamshire, were The Sorrows, who had enjoyed a long spell in the Fab Forty in the summer of '65, peaking at #3 in October. Bruce Finley became member #5, Wez Price, #6, Pip Whitcher, #7, Phil Packham, #8 and singer Don Maughn #9. Don later changed his name to Don Fardon and had a US Top 20 solo hit in '68 with Indian Reservation. It was not until 1970 that the single became a UK success, peaking at #3.

Also on January 7th, Paul Kaye judged a beauty contest 'Miss Pretty 1966'. (They were hardly likely to call it, 'Miss Ugly 1966', were they?) No doubt the judges were impressed by the winner's knees.

Brian Long notes that on January 8th, the Disc and Music Echo resumed its weekly publication of the Radio London chart, but only the Top Ten. Unfortunately, the Top Ten they published was the one for December 18th – a perfect example of the sort of misleading information to be encountered when attempting to produce the definitive listing of Radio london Fab Forties!

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


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