for Sunday 11th December 1966

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Presented by Tony Blackburn
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Morningtown Ride Seekers
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2
Dead End Street Kinks
7
3
I'm Ready For Love Martha & the Vandellas
5
4
You Keep Me Hangin' On Supremes
14
5
If Every Day Was Like Christmas Elvis Presley
28
6
There Won't Be Many Coming Home Roy Orbison
20
7
Sunshine Superman Donovan
19
8
Save Me Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
11
9
Walk With Faith In Your Heart Bachelors
16
10
Pamela Pamela Wayne Fontana
22
11
Colour My World Petula Clark
12
Any Way That You Want Me Troggs
15
13
East West Herman's Hermits
25
14
Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus Neil Spence
40
15
Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies Association
1
16
My Mind's Eye Small Faces
6
17
Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones
31
18
I've Got To Hold On Peddlers
21
19
Island In The Sun Righteous Brothers
9
20
What Would I Be Val Doonican
25
21
Rhythm Of Love Merseys
37
22
Hang On To A Dream Tim Hardin
23
Happy Jack Who
24
In The Country Cliff Richard & the Shadows
13
25
Seek And Find Washington DC's
25
I Feel Free Cream
8
26
True Story Twice As Much
33
27
Money (That's What I Want) Junior Walker & the All Stars
26
27
Going Nowhere Los Bravos
28
Night Of Fear Move
34
29
I See The Light Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
29
(I Know) I'm Losing You Temptations
23
30
It's Not Easy Normie Rowe
38
30
When I See My Baby Studio Six
31
Call Her Your Sweetheart Frank Ifield
31
The Star Of The Show (The La La Song) Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
27
31
Missy Missy Paul & Barry Ryan
37
32
Help Me Spellbinders
32
Deadlier Than The Male Walker Brothers
33
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
33
From Head To Toe Escorts
34
Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix Experience
38
34
Come By Here Inez & Charlie Foxx
36
35
Sitting In A Ring Ebony Keyes
40
35
The Proud One Frankie Valli
36
Something Inside Of Me Died Gene Latter
28
37
Gotta Get Out Of The Mess I'm In Young Idea
38
Always Waitin' Barry Benson
39
When Will The Good Apples Fall Ronnie Hilton
40
Can't Stop Talkin' About My Baby Mike Patto

Alan Field comments on the three singles placed jointly at #31

It's unique to have three unrelated records in the same position in the same week, but I heard and listed all three. Call Her Your Sweetheart by Frank Ifield was definitely played at joint #31 on the Fab 40 show. I've got it listed at that position first and so had (past tense) chart contributor Hans Peters. Contributors Wolfgang Buchholz and Hans Evers also have it at #31, though the record isn't in Brian Long's Curzon Street list. Hans Peters later crossed out Call Her Your Sweetheart and replaced it with the third record Missy Missy, which Brian and I have both listed but Wolfgang and Hans Evers haven't. The Zoot Money record appears at #31 in all five lists.

Call Her Your Sweetheart was actually in the Family Forty which debuted on 11th December 1966 to cover the whole of the Christmas period, so it may have been included in the Fab 40 by mistake, but it was included nonetheless. It wasn't in the chart the following week, but appeared as a re-entry at #33 on 25th December.

WPTR Good Guys
Over in Albany, New York this week, WPTR 1540 had its own Top 40.
If the name sounds familiar, WPTR is the station where Larry Dean worked prior to joining Radio England. Many SRE jocks - including Chuck Blair and Johnnie Walker - took their names from the WPTR jingle package that Larry brought with him to his new job in watery wireless.

This was the home of original WPTR Good Guys – Boom Boom Brannigan, Bruce Wayne and Charlie Brown.

The chart has a number of tracks in common with the Fab Forty. Mark Roman's climber Sugartown was already in the Albany Top 40, having been a previous WPTR DJ Hitpick. One or two tracks are unknown in this country and were probably local hits, while a different version of UK success Born Free was on the WPTR listings.

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Sitting In A Ring Ebony Keyes Piccadilly 35378

Ebony Keyes, whose real name was Kenrick Des-Etages, has a full feature in the Fab Forty for April 2nd 1967, where his follow-up single Cupid's House reached #17. There's a video clip of Ebony miming to Sitting in a Ring from a German show called Beat Beat Beat here – although the song is mistitled Sitting in the Rain.

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Help Me Spellbinders CBS 202453

Help Me – full title Help Me (Get Myself Back Together Again),was the Spellbinders 's first UK release. It 77just scraped into the US Hot Hundred at #100. The band returned to the Big L playlist on March 12th 1967 with Paul Kaye's climber Chain Reaction, written by Van McCoy.

Besides climbers that were played at the time of the broadcast of the Sunday Fab Forty, Alan kept a note of others he heard later in the week and incorporated them into his list.

DJ Climbers:    
Listen To My Heart Bats Tony Blackburn
Listen To The River Roll Along Wee Willie Harris Chuck Blair
Tick Tock Corduroys Pete Drummond
My Girl, The Month Of May Dion & the Belmonts Kenny Everett
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues Clyde McPhatter Paul Kaye
Baby Do The Philly Dog Olympics Mike Lennox
Sugar Town Nancy Sinatra Mark Roman
Lookin' For Love Ray Conniff Keith Skues
Bad Misunderstanding Critters Ed Stewart
Single Girl Sandy Posey Norman St John
Baby Tomorrow Paul Jones Tony Windsor
Climbers:  
Oh What A Fool Peter Lee Stirling
Make Believe Jason Deane
Sitting In The Park Georgie Fame
Too Many Fish In The Sea Young Rascals
Can't Stop Around Human Instinct
Progress Pretty Things
You Better Run Listen /'N Betweens
Disc of the Week:  
Behind The Door Cher
Album of the Week: (courtesy of Brian Long)  
A Quick One The Who


You Better Run Listen CBS 202456

A climber for two weeks running, You Better Run had been a summer Top Twenty hit in the USA for the Young Rascals - who coincidentally have their own Big L climber this week. Last week's Fab revealed that because of the connection between the 'N Betweens and Slade, mint condition copies of their version can fetch £225. Pristine copies of the other version by a second Brummie band, Listen are also pretty collectable, exchanging hands for £165. The group line-up reveals all: Roger Beamer, (bass), John Crutchley, (lead), Geoff Thompson (drums) with one Robert Plant on vocals. Robert also released solo singles in 1966, but was to find his fame a far cry from the Young Rascals with Led Zeppelin.


The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here
This week's Radio City 'City Sixty' on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here

Tune in next week for another Field's Fab Forty!


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