The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 2nd May 1965

A little Freddie, up to #3

If you fancy ruining your kneecaps trying to do'The Freddie', you'll find 'A Little You', 'Do the Freddie' and all the group's hits available in CD and MP3 formats as 'The Ultimate Collection'.

 


Chart compiler 'Fab' Alan Field notes: "Sharp-eyed readers who have Brian Long's book The London Sound may spot differences between this chart and the version originally published. Special thanks are due to Machteld and Gert for filling gaps in Brian's list and resolving one or two other discrepancies."
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2
1
Bring It On Home To Me Animals
8
2
A World Of Our Own Seekers
7
3
A Little You Freddie & the Dreamers
9
4
Something Better Beginning Honeycombs
6
5
Oh No Not My Baby Manfred Mann
14
6
Wonderful World Herman's Hermits
15
7
Once Upon A Time Tom Jones
1
8
King Of The Road Roger Miller
3
9
Ticket To Ride Beatles
20
10
Come On Over To My Place Drifters
29
11
Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan
38
12
Hello Faithless Dora Hall
4
13
Little Things Dave Berry
22
14
Blood Red River Silkie
34
15
Comin' On To Cry / That's The Way It Goes Mojos
32
16
I'm Gonna Get There Somehow Val Doonican
12
17
True Love Ways Peter & Gordon
5
18
Pop Go The Workers Barron Knights
27
19
Don't Get Off That Train Tony Blackburn
16
20
Not Until The Next Time Jim Reeves
21
Love Her Walker Brothers
22
Where Are You Now (My Love) Jackie Trent
11
23
Stop! In The Name Of Love Supremes
28
24
Satisfied Lulu & the Luvvers
31
25
Poor Man's Son Rockin' Berries
26
Some Things You Never Get Used To Calvin James
26
27
I've Been Wrong Before Cilla Black
28
Iko Iko Dixie Cups
29
This Little Bird Marianne Faithfull
30
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Heinz & the Wild Boys
35
31
I Want That Boy Chantelles
32
I Live The Life I Love John Hammond
36
33
Turn Your Eyes To Me Cannon Brothers
34
All Over The World Francoise Hardy
35
Tommy Twinkle
19
36
Nowhere To Run Martha & the Vandellas
37
Mr Pitiful Otis Redding
23
38
The Minute You're Gone Cliff Richard
39
Moonshine Kenny & the Wranglers
10
40
Here Comes The Night Them

38
12
Hello Faithless Dora Hall King KG 1003

Hello Faithless had the distinction of being the first record advertised on British TV. The commercial originally mentioned Radio London, but nervous TV company Rediffusion, appeared concerned about blatantly plugging a 'pirate'. It refused to accept the advert for transmission until the words, 'Now in Radio London's Fabulous Forty' were changed to, 'Now in the Fabulous Forty'. It seems this last-minute change may have caused a delay in transmission which rendered the commercial pointless, as it was not broadcast till May 7th. Hello Faithless stood at #12, but when the new Fab 40 was announced two days later, the single was nowhere to be seen – or heard.

Dora Hall was an eccentric entertainer, whose US career was promoted in an unusual manner. Her husband was Leo Hulseman, the founder of plastic goods manufacturer the Solo Cup Company, which distributed Dora's singles as free gifts, given away with packs of disposable cups and plates! No doubt the Solo Cup Company paid for the Rediffusion TV commercial. The Big L Fab Forty? We couldn't possibly speculate.

The unofficial Dora Hall website is here. A fascinating feature on Dora's cleverly-engineered musical career is on the historydumpster blog.


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