The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 13th June 1965

Donovan – the original Cat in the Hat – climbs to #5

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8
1
I'm Alive Hollies
2
2
The Price Of Love Everly Brothers
5
3
Crying In The Chapel Elvis Presley
10
4
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere Who
14
5
Colours Donovan
9
6
Set Me Free Kinks
1
7
The Clapping Song Shirley Ellis
6
8
Long Live Love Sandie Shaw
3
9
Trains And Boats And Planes Burt Bacharach, his Orchestra & Chorus
17
10
Looking Thru The Eyes Of Love Gene Pitney
11
11
Come Home Dave Clark Five
13
12
From The Bottom Of My Heart (I Love You) Moody Blues
4
13
(You've) Never Been In Love Like This Before Unit 4 + 2
23
14
On My Word Cliff Richard
18
15
Stingray Shadows
27
16
It Ain't Me Babe Johnny Cash
22
17
Incense Anglos
26
18
Strong Love Spencer Davis Group
21
19
It's Just A Little Bit Too Late Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
7
20
Poor Man's Son Rockin' Berries
21
In The Middle Of Nowhere Dusty Springfield
22
To Know You Is To Love You Peter & Gordon
31
23
Early Bird Tornados '65
24
My Child Connie Francis
29
25
Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter (EP) Herman's Hermits
32
26
Leave A Little Love Lulu
20
27
Yeah, I'm Waiting Force Five
28
The One In The Middle (EP) Manfred Mann
29
She's About A Mover Sir Douglas Quintet / James Royal & the Hawks
39
30
Back In My Arms Again Supremes
31
Nothing Can Stop Me Gene Chandler
38
32
Be My Guest Niteshades
35
33
I'll Stay By You Kenny Lynch
40
34
Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys
28
35
Someone's Taken Maria Away Adam Faith & the Roulettes
36
One More Time Them
37
Tossing And Turning Ivy League
16
38
This Little Bird Marianne Faithfull
39
Woolly Bully Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
40
Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan



Climbers:  
Honey And Wine A Fair Set
Sweet Love Sons Of Fred
Welcome, Welcome Nancy Wilson
What The World Needs Now Is Love Jackie de Shannon
(Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You Dean Martin
Come Dance With Me Pat Wayne
Mr Tambourine Man Byrds
Lonely Without You Julie Grant
Down In Mexico Boston Crabs
Disc of the Week:  
When Summertime Is Over Jackie Trent

Sweet Love Sons Of Fred Columbia DB 7605

According to the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide, a mint condition copy of Sweet Love can command a staggering 100 or more. The reason for this high value is likely that the single is sought by Jefferson Starship collectors. Pete Sears, who was with Starship between 1974 and 1987, was Sons Of Fred's bassist.

(click on the picture for an Amazon link to more information about the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide)


Several sources state that there were two bands called Sons Of Fred (one from London and one from Great Yarmouth) and that SOF later evolved into Odyssey, the band that took How Long Is Time into the Fab 40 in July 1966. On investigation, it seems likely that these are two pieces of misinformation that have come to be regarded as gospel and are now regularly repeated. These 'facts' appear to have originated from a band listing posted some years back on the (now-defunct) website Tapestry of Delights and this also seems to be the place where the questionable link with Odyssey arose. In my original Fab Forty notes, when I had found not a single shred of evidence for the existence of either a Yarmouth SOF or a SOF connection to Odyssey, I wrote, "The truth is out there, and no doubt we shall unearth it eventually." We have! Sons Of Fred's bass player Pete Sears, has now set the record straight.

Dear Mary and Chris,

First I would like to compliment you on a wonderfully intricate, clear and easy to navigate Radio London web-site.

Some time ago I put the name of my old band Sons of Fred, my first pro band, into your site's search engine and was amazed to see a playlist containing our first single 'Sweet Love', as well as a well-researched overview of the band's personnel. I was a young sixteen-year-old musician at the time, and being my first pro musical endeavor, I will always have a soft spot for the band and its crazy memories. We toured all over the UK in a variety of beat-up old vans, playing six or seven nights a week. The Sons of Fred was the beginning of a long and windy road in music for me.

I am still a professional keyboard and bass player today. I have been a US permanent resident living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California since joining the original Jefferson Starship way back in 1974 (right after recording piano on 'Smiler', my fourth and last Rod Stewart album).

I have just got back to the US after visiting my family in England for the month of March 2008. While I was there, Radio 2 played 'Sweet Love' on their Sounds of the Sixties programme. It was quite a surprise, especially when they failed to mention my name when reading out the band personnel! Brian Matthew said that Alan Bohling was the bass player. Alan (we called him 'Boh') played rhythm guitar. I actually played bass on everything the SOF did, including all live shows and recordings. This is the correct line-up:

Lead vocals: Ray Redway
Vocals and Rhythm guitar: Alan 'Boh' Bohling
Lead Guitar: Mick Hutchinson
Bass Guitar: Pete Sears
Drums: Tim Boyle

Singles released on EMI:
'Sweet Love' - performed live on Ready Steady Goes Live, date unknown (B-side 'I'll Be There')
'Baby What You Want Me To Do' (released 1966. Lip-synced on Thank Your Lucky Stars 5th March 1966) B-side 'You Told Me'.

'I-I-I (Want Your Lovin') / 'She Only Wants a Friend'

Our agency was Chapel Music in London.

I think you have correctly deciphered the reason that this mysterious Great Yarmouth 'SOF' appeared out of nowhere. Tapestry of Delights somehow got the town of Great Yarmouth involved with the band. Our 'Sons of Fred' (the only one, I suspect) was based in Dulwich and Beckenham, where the singers Ray and Boh lived, with Mick Hutchinson and Tim Boyle coming from Chislehurst, and I came from Hayes, near Bromley. Ray Redway and Boh already had the band name by the time I joined and we went pro soon after. I never did get a good answer about where the name came from.

The Sons of Fred had no connection with any band called Odyssey either.

I enjoyed listening to Brian Matthew and his show. It was nice to have some of the old music playing again, but I have no idea where SOTS got their information from when your site is one of the first to come up if you Google the Sons of Fred.

Thank you for your time and interest in all the old music, from a time when Rock 'n' Roll was still in its infancy. Radio London and its courageous DJs and staff was a vital and amazing radio station, which helped instill a sense of independence and individuality in an entire generation, not just in music, but in free thinking as well.

All the best, Pete Sears

www.petesears.com

The 'Sons' played live on Ready Steady Go! after the programme had outlawed the original concept of artists miming to records and had rechristened itself 'Ready Steady Goes Live'. The exact date of the appearance is not known, but it must have been around this time (i.e. June 1965) to coincide with the release and promotion of Sweet Love. The band appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars on Jun 19th 1965 to mime alongside fellow Fab 40 acts Peter and Gordon and Gene Pitney. According to the now-defunct Thank Your Lucky Stars Tribute Site, The Yardbirds were banned from the same show after turning up late for rehearsal. Tut tut! SOF were back on TYLS on March 5th 1966, to promote I-I-I (Want Your Lovin'). More about Thank Your Lucky Stars on TV Heaven.

Odyssey, make their Big L Fab Forty debut here.




Down In Mexico Boston Crabs Columbia DB7586

Down In Mexico was written for the Coasters by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and released as their first US single in 1956. The Boston Crabs single was the work of the late EMI producer Bob Barrett. Down In Mexico was also released in the US (Capital 5493). It's on the Boxed Set Rockin' With the Pirates. (Also available to download).

The group was formed in Cambridge with an original 1963 line-up of:  Geoff Mott (aka Motlow) – lead vocals; Fred Friedlein – lead guitar; Mike Clark – rhythm guitar and vocals; Simon 'Sim' Jones – bass; Keith Barker – drums. 

By the time they recorded this first single, Mike Clark and Keith Barker had departed and were replaced by Ian Jack andAlan Taylor, respectively. Fred Friedlein wrote the B-side, called simply Who?Albie Prior and David Wright are listed in some sources as members of the group, but Geoff has confirmed that they were never in the band. Geoff and Fred remained with the Boston Crabs till they disbanded circa late 1967, early1968.

Geoff Mott's claim to fame was that early in the swinging decade, he had fronted a college band called the Mottos or Mottoes, the line-up of which (circa 1962) included future Pink Floyd icon Syd Barratt. None of Geoff's fellow Mottoes joined the 'Crabs'.

Despite Down In Mexico spending six weeks on the Big L playlist (peaking at #14) the single did nothing in the Nationals. Both subsequent releases As Long As I Have You (65) and Gin House (66) (later successful for Amen Corner) failed to feature in the Fab Forty.

Down In Mexico featured more recently in Quentin Tarantino's film Death Proof.

Many thanks to Bruce Welsh in Victoria, BC who has assisted us in obtaining the correct group line-up, which had long been in dispute. (He also added a comment to our James Royal Supplement. ) Bruce has compiled an encyclopaedia of UK groups, published 2012. Titled What About Us? A Rocklopaedia Of Britain's Other Recording Groups 1962 – 1966, it contains over 930 groups, references almost 1,700 singles and contains approximately 250 photographs. The Radio London website is included in the acknowledgements.

Thanks to Paul Coates for additional info



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She's About A Mover James Royal & the Hawks Parlophone R5290

James Royal & the Hawks appeared in the Fab Forty for just one week with their cover of She's About A Mover, after which it was dropped in favour of the original US version from Doug Sahm's Sir Douglas Quintet. Please see our Fab Forty Sunday Supplement for full details about the band from James himself.

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