The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 27th March 1966

A massive leap from #29 to #14
for the Seekers


Last
This
 
Week
Week
4
1
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion Kinks
3
2
Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind / Val Doonican
6
3
Super Girl Graham Bonney
7
4
I Met A Girl Shadows
10
5
Substitute Who
11
6
That's Nice Neil Christian
24
7
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
34
8
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
2
9
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
1
10
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds
13
11
Blue Turns To Grey Cliff Richard & the Shadows
27
12
A Legal Matter Who
16
13
There'll Be Another Spring Frank Ifield
29
14
Someday, One Day Seekers
22
15
Love Me With All Your Heart/The Sound Of Silence Bachelors
23
16
Try Too Hard Dave Clark Five
36
17
Long Live Our Love Shangri-Las
17
18
If You've Got A Minute Baby Freddie & the Dreamers
21
19
You Won't Be Leaving Herman's Hermits
32
20
I Fought The Law Bobby Fuller Four
32
20
He Fought The Law She Trinity
25
21
Like A Man New Faces
39
22
I Put A Spell On You Alan Price Set
5
23
Nowhere Man Settlers / Three Good Reasons
18
24
It's Too Late Bobby Goldsboro
25
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
15
26
I Can't Let Go Hollies
27
Alfie Cilla Black
28
The Pied Piper Crispian St Peters
20
29
Woman Peter & Gordon
30
My Life Overlanders
12
31
Working My Way Back To You Four Seasons
32
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
33
May Each Day Andy Williams
34
Love Is Me Love Is You Jackie Trent
35
(You Got) The Power Of Love Everly Brothers
36
Just A Minute Or Two Gene Latter
37
Speak Her Name David & Jonathan
38
Yes I Do Tony's Defenders
39
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog Norma Tanega
40
Walk Away Like A Winner Robert Henry

Four 'doubles' once again in this week's Fab Forty, with two versions each of Nowhere Man, Elusive Butterfly
and He/I Fought the Law joined by Lullaby of Love in the climber list.

38
Yes I Do Tony's Defenders Columbia DB7850

Tony's Defenders were from Tunbridge Wells and their leader and songwriter was Tony Diamond. Although there are four other band members depicted in the Columbia press photo, it has only been possible to find the names of guitarist Brian Bennett and drummer Roger 'Spodge' Siggery.

On You tube, 'nonskill1' posted that Tony is now resident in Calpe Spain and related that Tony, "Told me a great tale of how his band, who were the regular outfit at the Cafe Royal in London in the 60s, were one night substituted at the last minute to make way for a 'Hot new band'. All were in attendance, Stones, Beatles etc. ... it was Jimi Hendrix's first UK gig! He also told me that he was offered 'Let the Heartbreaks Begin' as a solo outing, ahead of Long John Baldry, but turned it down. Ouch!"

At the time of the release of the band's second single Since I Lost You Baby, an interview was conducted with Tony by the BBC Light Programme's teatime show Roundabout. You would never know from listening to it that the year was 1966 – mid-Swinging Sixties – and that millions were enjoying their favourite music by tuning in to the offshore stations. The interview commences with an insult - that 'some people' would not regard Since I Lost You Baby as music! This strongly indicates how far out of touch the BBC was with lovers of what the Powers-That-Be at the corporation regarded as 'non-music'. Tony dealt with this the put-down remarkably well and even introduced his own record tongue-in-cheek, in a posh 'mock-received pronunciation' voice!

DJ Climbers:
Frankie And Johnny Elvis Presley Tony Windsor
Climbers:
Twinkle Toes Roy Orbison
Don't Stop Loving Me Baby Pinkerton's Assorted Colours
Something On My Mind Chris Andrews
You Baby Turtles
Lullaby Of Love Poppies / Antoinette
You're Holding Me Down Buzz
My Babe Roy Head & the Traits
Here I Go Again Nita Rossi
Sea Of Heartbreak Joe Brown
Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
One Little Smile Herbie's People
Disc of the Week:
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration Righteous Brothers
Album of the Week:  
The Most of the Animals Animals


Thijs de Vries was one of Big L's keen listeners in the Netherlands who kept chart diaries and he is kindly sharing some new information with us about the Fab Forties. Thijs noted The Most of the Animals as Album of the Week. Click on the diary pictures below to see larger scans of this week's notes, courtesy of Thijs.

On Sunday, March 27th, Dave Cash and TW mentioned the Knees Club at 11.25am. My diary notes that this was on a programme sponsored by Bristol Myers, so I am assuming that the show would have been announced as such. However, it may have been another advertiser's programme, as Brian Long in The London Sound, lists the starting date of the Bristol Myers advertising sponsorship as April 1st, with weekly half-hour programmes broadcast at 11.00pm on Fridays.

On Friday, April 1st at Beaconsfield Youth Club, John Mayall became the only musician with too many brains to want to join the Knees Club. I was so deeply offended by this that I didn't keep any notes, but I assume that John appeared with the Bluesbreakers. The group (according to Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees) contained at that time Eric Clapton and John McVie. I'm guessing that I did not ask any of the others to join, for fear of another rebuff. But who knows what zenith of stardom these artistes might have reached had they joined the KC? (Click on the photo for more info on Rock Family Trees)


There was no Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' for this week. Caroline South was off the air from Friday 25th March until Saturday 2nd April 1966
.
This week's Radio City 'City Sixty' on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here

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