The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 17th October 1965

Steve Cropper (right, pictured in 2011) co-wrote this week's #2, 'In the Midnight Hour' with Wilson Pickett at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, later the site of the murder of human rights campaigner, Martin Luther King Jr.

Good fortune for the boys on the left! 'Here it Comes Again' is up from #15 to #5.

This week's chart contains three songs where two versions share their Fab 40 positions. 'Do You Believe In Magic?', 'Yesterday' and 'Home Of The Brave'. However, 'Thou Shalt Not Steal', is two different songs of the same title, with Glenda Collins at #12 and Freddie and the Dreamers at #37.

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Week
Week
6
1
It's Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous
8
2
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
10
3
Treat Her Right Roy Head
12
4
Still I'm Sad Yardbirds
15
5
Here It Comes Again Fortunes
21
6
Yesterday Man Chris Andrews
1
7
Message Understood Sandie Shaw
3
8
If You Gotta Go, Go Now Manfred Mann
7
9
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield
11
10
Untrue, Unfaithful Nita Rossi
26
11
Our Love Is Slipping Away Ivy League
18
12
Thou Shalt Not Steal Glenda Collins
23
13
She Needs Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
28
14
Keep A Hold Of What You've Got Shots
37
15
Love Is Strange Everly Brothers
33
16
Keep On Dancing Gentrys
40
17
Well Respected Man (EP) Kinks
31
18
You're The One Vogues
24
19
Crazy 'Bout My Baby Swinging Blue Jeans
20
20
When I Get Home Searchers
2
21
Almost There Andy Williams
30
22
We Didn't Ask To Be Brought Here Bobby Darin
5
23
Hang On Sloopy McCoys
4
24
Baby Don't Go Sonny & Cher
25
Do You Believe In Magic? Lovin' Spoonful / Pack
25
26
There's Another One Behind / Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival
22
27
On The Horizon Syndicats
28
But You're Mine Sonny & Cher
29
Come And Get It Clayton Squares
30
Yesterday Matt Monro / Marianne Faithfull
31
I'm Gonna Take You There Dave Berry
32
Tell Me Like It Is Lulu
34
33
I Don't Love You No More Hotrods
13
34
Tears Ken Dodd
35
Home Of The Brave Jody Miller / Peanut
39
36
I Stand Alone Charles Dickens
37
Thou Shalt Not Steal Freddie & the Dreamers
38
Something Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
36
39
Bless You Peter London
40
I Know How It Feels To Be Loved Nashville Teens

25
Do You Believe In Magic? Pack Columbia DB7702
25
Do You Believe In Magic? Lovin' Spoonful Pye Int 7N25327

The way in which the two versions of Do You Believe in Magic come and go in the Fab 40 is rather strange:

19/09/65 Do You Believe in Magic is new at #35, a joint entry for the Lovin' Spoonful AND the Pack (left)

26/09/65 The Pack has vanished and Spoonful climb to #22

03/10/65 Spoonful climb further to #16

10/10/65 Do You Believe in Magic has vanished from the Fab 40

17/10/65 both versions of the song reappear at #25

24/10/65 both versions climb to #22

31/10/65 both versions are gone

Brian Long's main source for the Fab Forties from those dates is the lists that were typed at the Curzon Street offices. Things had very often changed by the time the list and the accompanying new releases arrived aboard the Galaxy and the chart that was actually broadcast had often changed substantially from the list originally sent! Sadly, unless we can unearth actual recordings of all the charts in question, we can't confirm what was actually broadcast.

See our full feature about The Pack, by lead singer Rustic Rod Goodway.


Alan Field's Fab Notes:

Two versions of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil's composition Home Of The Brave enter the Fab 40 this week at #35. The first, by American country singer Jody Miller (Capitol CL 15415) was already a hit in the States, having seen off competition from another version of the song by Bonnie & the Treasures from the Phil Spector stable. Jody shook off the early tag of "queen of the answer record" (she recorded Queen Of The House in reply to Roger Miller's King Of The Road, and If You Were A Carpenter in reply to Bobby Darin's / Tim Hardin's If I Were A Carpenter) and went on to notch up 27 country hits, recording over 20 albums and winning a Grammy or two along the way.

Joint #35 with Jody is the British version of Home Of The Brave (Pye 7N 15963) by Peanut, who turns out to be none other than Katie Kissoon. Katie and her brother Mac were born in Trinidad but brought up in West London. Earlier in 1965 they'd formed one half of the Marionettes, whose cover of Under The Boardwalk made #28 in the Fab 40 in July. As well as releasing solo records under the name Peanut, and later under her real name, Katie again joined forces with her brother as part of the Rag Dolls in 1967-68, and as the duo Mac and Katie Kissoon in the 70's, hitting the Top 10 twice in 1975 with Sugar Candy Kisses and Don't Do It Baby.

New aboard the Galaxy this week was Mark Roman, who arrived on October 19th. It wasn't long before he penned a column about the experience. (The late John Bennett supplied the clipping)

The Caroline 'Sounds of '65' chart (south ship) for this week is here

Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

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