The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 9th May 1965

Dylan's #1 and suddenly, everyone wants to try their hand at Dylan songs, with 'When the Ship Comes In' arriving at #39, and Heinz climbing to #26 with 'Don't Think Twice It's All Right'. And talking of covers....

...which we were... this week two Sam Cooke songs sit together at numbers 4 and 5.


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Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan
5
2
Oh No Not My Baby Manfred Mann
4
3
Something Better Beginning Honeycombs
1
4
Bring It On Home To Me Animals
6
5
Wonderful World Herman's Hermits
10
6
Come On Over To My Place Drifters
22
7
Where Are You Now (My Love) Jackie Trent
2
8
A World Of Our Own Seekers
7
9
Once Upon A Time Tom Jones
20
10
Not Until The Next Time Jim Reeves
26
11
Some Things You Never Get Used To Calvin James
15
12
Comin' On To Cry / That's The Way It Goes Mojos
29
13
This Little Bird Marianne Faithfull
9
14
Ticket To Ride Beatles
34
15
All Over The World Francoise Hardy
8
16
King Of The Road Roger Miller
21
17
Love Her Walker Brothers
18
Long Live Love Sandie Shaw
17
19
True Love Ways Peter & Gordon
20
(You've) Never Been In Love Like This Before Unit 4 + 2
3
21
A Little You Freddie & the Dreamers
25
22
Poor Man's Son Rockin' Berries
23
That's Why I'm Crying Ivy League
16
24
I'm Gonna Get There Somehow Val Doonican
23
25
Stop! In The Name Of Love Supremes
30
26
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Heinz & the Wild Boys
28
27
Iko Iko Dixie Cups
28
Marie Bachelors
29
The Clapping Song Shirley Ellis
13
30
Little Things Dave Berry
31
Hand Me Down Things Adam Faith
37
32
Mr Pitiful Otis Redding
33
The Birds Are For The Bees Newbeats
24
34
Satisfied Lulu & the Luvvers
27
35
I've Been Wrong Before Cilla Black
36
If I Ruled The World Tony Bennett
37
Trains And Boats And Planes Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas
38
No Regrets Shirley Bassey
39
When The Ship Comes In Peter Paul & Mary
19
40
Don't Get Off That Train Tony Blackburn

The album Blowin' in the Wind is available on CD. When the Ship Comes In is on a 4-CD boxed set, Carry it On, with audio samples of all tracks available. Individual MP3s can be downloaded from the Peter Paul and Mary Store

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When The Ship Comes In Peter Paul & Mary Warner Bros WB162

Kenny and Cash, at the height of a flurry of Galaxy-bound creativity, edited the instrumental opening of this folky, ship-related single for use as a brief (around 10 second) jingle.

Peter Paul & Mary are Peter Yarrow, Noel 'Paul' Stookey and Mary Ellin Travers the three-part-harmony group was formed in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1961. Peter Yarrow was a Psychology graduate from Cornell who had turned to writing and singing his own songs. Noel Paul Stookey had left Michigan State University and hit the Village as a singer and fledgeling stand-up comedian. Mary Travers had grown up in the Village, sung on Broadway and was by now a member of folk group the Song Swappers.

Peter Paul and Mary came together as a trio with a little encouragement from folk impressario, Albert Grossman, who became their manager. Initially they rehearsed for seven months at Mary's apartment and played the seminal folk clubs before signing to Warner Brothers Records and releasing their debut album, called Peter, Paul and Mary, in March 1962. Its impact was enormous. In the US album charts it reached #1, selling two million copies. It stayed in the Top 20 for two years, and the Hot 100 for three-and-a-half years! It spawned the singles Lemon Tree, and the old Weavers' song If I Had A Hammer, which was soon embraced as an anthem for the civil rights movement. 1963 saw the release of 3 hit singles – Puff The Magic Dragon, now a children's standard, and the Bob Dylan songs Blowin' In The Wind and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.

It's been said that Peter, Paul and Mary "lived their songs". In 1963 they stood with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in Selma and Washington, and later became deeply involved in the anti-Vietnam war crusade, performing at demonstrations. Early Morning Rain was the work of Canadian folk singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who achieved his own chart success in the UK in the 1970's with If You Could Read My Mind and Sundown. Peter Paul and Mary's biggest chart success in both the USA and the UK came in 1970 with John Denver's Leavin' On A Jet Plane.

The trio survived being spoofed as 'Peter, Paul and Mrs Nosepoultice' in the long-running BBC radio comedy, Round the Horne,

Peter Paul & Mary were still touring into the 21st Century and a website detailing their full history and current information is here. Sadly, in recent years, Mary had been suffering from leukemia and she passed away on September 16th 2009.

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