The Early Radio London Fab Forties

Sunday 24th October 1965

The Stones race into the Fab 40 at #12. The B-side of the continental release (left) was 'I'm Free', but in the UK, 'Get Off Of My Cloud' was backed by 'The Singer Not the Song'.
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6
1
Yesterday Man Chris Andrews
3
2
Treat Her Right Roy Head
5
3
Here It Comes Again Fortunes
4
4
Still I'm Sad Yardbirds
1
5
It's Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous
15
6
Love Is Strange Everly Brothers
17
7
Well Respected Man (EP) Kinks
14
8
Keep A Hold Of What You've Got Shots
10
9
Untrue, Unfaithful Nita Rossi
11
10
Our Love Is Slipping Away Ivy League
2
11
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
12
Get Off Of My Cloud Rolling Stones
30
13
Yesterday Matt Monro / Marianne Faithfull
28
14
But You're Mine Sonny & Cher
27
15
On The Horizon Syndicats
40
16
I Know How It Feels To Be Loved Nashville Teens
7
17
Message Understood Sandie Shaw
18
18
You're The One Vogues
18
You're The One Petula Clark
19
19
Crazy 'Bout My Baby Swinging Blue Jeans
20
Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches Paul & Barry Ryan
12
21
Thou Shalt Not Steal Glenda Collins
25
22
Do You Believe In Magic? Lovin' Spoonful / Pack
9
23
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield
8
24
If You Gotta Go, Go Now Manfred Mann
25
No Good Without You Baby Birds
38
26
Something Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
16
27
Keep On Dancing Gentrys
28
Value For Love Bobby Rio & the Revelles
29
29
Come And Get It Clayton Squares
30
The Carnival Is Over Seekers
26
31
There's Another One Behind / Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival
13
32
She Needs Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
32
That's The Reason Why Steve Darbishire
35
33
Home Of The Brave Jody Miller / Peanut
32
34
Tell Me Like It Is Lulu
35
Run Baby Run Newbeats
36
Everyday Moody Blues
37
It's My Life Animals
38
Over And Over Dave Clark Five
20
39
When I Get Home Searchers
40
Where Do You Go Cher

25
No Good Without You Baby Birds Decca F12257

What's In A Name? – a complex tale of talented siblings and evolving supergroups
(Notes by Alan Field and Mary Payne
)

The Birds' line-up comprised: Ali McKenzie (vocals), Tony Munroe (guitar), Ron Wood (guitar), Kim Gardner (bass guitar) and Pete McDaniels (drums). They formed the band while studying at art college in west London in 1964, and became a popular live attraction in the local pubs and clubs under their original name, the Thunderbirds. Unfortunately that was also the name of Chris Farlowe's backing group, so on signing to Decca later that year they shortened their name to the Birds. Their early style was R 'n' B and Motown-influenced music, and No Good Without You Baby – written by Marvin Gaye – was their third release, coming out in October 1965.

As the Birds, they also performed musically in a 1966 British Horror Film called The Deadly Bees, but all this time they were involved in a legal battle with the American group the Byrds over the rights to the name. By the summer of '66 they had signed to Reaction records under the name Birds Birds, reaching #38 in the Fab 40 on 11th September 1966 with Say Those Magic Words. All the band's 45's have become rare and highly collectable, with a mint copy of No Good Without You Baby now fetching up to 65.

Ron Wood
's brother Art, was also in the Fab 40 in 1966, with his band the Artwoods (see notes for Fab 40, 8th May 1966). In late '66, the brothers briefly combined the names of their respective groups for what appears to have been a one-off performance as the Artbirds, with Gardner, Jon Lord and future Pretty Thing drummer John 'Twink' Adler.

When Birds Birds split at the end of 1966, Gardner and Ron Wood went on to join the band Creation (more about them are in the notes to the Fab 40 for 15th August 1965). In '69, Ron and Art Wood and Kim Gardner played in Quiet Melon, with Rod Stewart, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones. A Sixties supergroup, no less!

Ron achieved fame with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and the Rolling Stones. He is also an accomplished artist and sells his work, much of which is inspired by the Stones and their music, via his website. There's a local newspaper photo of Ron with artwork that caught the judges' eye when he was aged only 13. As he points out, most people would not realise that he has been painting as long as he has been playing music.

Kim Gardner co-founded Ashton Gardner and Dyke and reached #3 in 1971 with Resurrection Shuffle. After the trio disbanded, he spent the rest of the 70s as a journeyman musician, moving to Los Angeles in 1973 where he did session work and some touring. Kim became a successful restaurateur in the 1980's and 90's and sadly died from cancer on 24th October 2001 at the age of 53.

The Woods' older brother Vic, sometime vocalist with the Temperance Seven, died in October 2003. Art died in November 2006.

In Australia a group known as the Birds recorded versions of No Good Without You Baby and Say Those Magic Words, but were otherwise unconnected with the British band.

The Collector's Guide to Rare British Birds is available here.

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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