for Sunday 5th June 1966
An exciting week in the history of Radio London. Tony Blackburn joins the station and Kenny Everett returns!

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Presented by Ed Stewart
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1
Don't Bring Me Down Animals
6
2
Nothing Comes Easy Sandie Shaw
11
3
Not Responsible Tom Jones
4
Paperback Writer Beatles
8
5
Lady Jane David Garrick
10
6
Twinkie-Lee Gary Walker
15
7
Whatcha Gonna Do Now Chris Andrews
9
8
Misty Morning Eyes Barry Mason
2
9
Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
13
10
Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) Four Seasons
18
11
Stop Her On Sight (SOS) Edwin Starr
24
12
Don't Take The Lovers From The World Shirley Bassey
1
13
Monday Monday Mamas & Papas
16
14
Remember The Rain/Truly Julie's Blues Bob Lind
28
15
Don't Answer Me Cilla Black
7
16
Hey Girl Small Faces
30
17
Over Under Sideways Down Yardbirds
4
18
Paint It Black Rolling Stones
33
19
River Deep Mountain High Ike & Tina Turner
3
20
When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
27
21
Sweet Talkin' Guy Chiffons
19
22
While I Live Kenny Damon
23
Hideaway Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
40
24
Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine Greenwoods
34
25
Solitary Man Neil Diamond/Sandy
26
Lana Roy Orbison
27
Gotta Get A Good Thing Going Soul Brothers
28
Sunny Afternoon Kinks
29
Nobody Needs Your Love Gene Pitney
30
I Am A Rock Simon & Garfunkel
20
31
You Can't Buy Love Ernestine Anderson
38
32
Club Of Lights Oscar
33
Road Runner Junior Walker & the All Stars
26
34
Look Before You Leap Dave Clark Five
35
You've Made Your Choice Rothchilds
36
I've Laid Some Down In My Time Tony Colton
37
Haywire Bean & Loopy's Lot
37
38
Shake Hands With The Devil Patterson's People
38
Sittin' On A Fence Twice As Much
39
39
The Cheat Lord Sutch
40
Beggars Parade Falling Leaves

Eight of the bottom thirty singles in this week's Fab Forty contain either A or B-sides published by Pall Mall, the music publishing company connected to Radio London. The following information is from Brian Long's book, The London Sound.

32
Club Of Lights Oscar Reaction 591003
The B-side, Waking Up, written by Paul Beuselinck, aka Oscar, aka Paul Nicholas. Beuselinck is his real name; Oscar was his father's first name
34
Look Before You Leap Dave Clark Five Columbia DB 7909
The A-side, was penned by Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson. The Pall Mall contract is dated 27/04/66 and covers copyright for the UK and Eire
35
You've Made Your Choice Rothchilds Decca F12411
The B-side, It's Love, written by Brett Mason
36
I've Laid Some Down In My Time Tony Colton PYE 7N17117
The B-side, Run Pony Rider, was penned by Anthony G Chalk and Ray Smith. 'Chalk' is Colton's real name. The Pall Mall contract is dated 28/04/66
37
Haywire Bean & Loopy's Lot Parlophone R5458
The B-side, A Stitch in Time, by George Bean and Anthony Catchpole
38
Shake Hands With The Devil Patterson's People Mercury MF 913
The B-side, Deadly Nightshade, by Patrick A Archer and Peter Black.
39
The Cheat Lord Sutch CBS 202080
The B-side, Black and Hairy, written by David Sutch.
40
Beggars Parade Falling Leaves Decca F12420
The B-side, Tomorrow Night, written by Michael G Farr and Charles J Mills

More Pall Mall climbers have been listed in one week, but not singles appearing in the Fab Forty.
Another
Pall Mall-crowded Fab 40 was the one for 7th August 66, when ten singles contained Pall Mall-published tracks.



29
1
Don't Bring Me Down
Animals

John Steel (drums), Alan Price (organ), Brian (Chas) Chandler (bass), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Eric Burdon (in front) (vocals)

This is not the actual line-up responsible for recording Don't Bring Me Down, but this particular picture is included here because of another offshore connection. The Geordie band got their break in 1963, when r 'n' b hero, Graham Bond, spotted the Animals and recommended them to one Ronan O'Rahilly. This was prior to the launch of Caroline, at the time when Ronan was a huge promoter of r 'n' b on the London scene.

Not surprisingly, the picture comes from the book Radio Caroline and Its Stars, published 1965 – price 2/6d. By the time the group had signed to Decca and hit the Fab Number 1 (#6 in the Nationals) with Don't Bring Me Down, Alan Price had left and been replaced by Dave Rowberry from the Mike Cotton Sound.


23
Hideaway
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
Fontana TF 711

Trivia courtesy of Brian Long: Kenny Everett played wooden blocks on Hideaway.

34
25
Solitary Man Sandy Columbia DB 7938

Between 1963 and 66, Sandy Roberton recorded and performed with Rick Tykiff as Rick & Sandy. When the Springfields disbanded and Tom turned his hand to producing and songwriting, he took on the duo and arranged a recording contract with Fontana. They then obtained a Decca contract via Les Reed and recorded three singles before calling it a day.
Rick & Sandy appeared in the Fab Forty in January '66, with their final release, Earl Richmond's hit-pick, the Jonathan King-penned and produced Creation, reaching #24. They secured a coveted slot on Ready Steady Go! on the 29th Jan 65, alongside the Who, Hollies, Animals and Donovan, but TV exposure did not bring them a hit.
After his split with Rick, Sandy recorded his cover of Solitary Man. "In those days it took so long to get records out in the UK that a smart A&R or publisher could go to America, grab a record, come back to England and cover it," he says. "If you got it out quickly, you would beat the original on the chart. We had three hours at Abbey Road to cut the A and the B side." (He penned the B-side You'll Never Know.)
Sandy Roberton would undergo a change of career and give up his singing to run the London Division of Chess Records’ music publishing company. He produced numerous albums for the likes of Duran Duran, the Cure and the Thompson Twins. In 1986, he emigrated to the States, where he runs World's End Management, Music and Creative Licensing with his daughter Niki as CEO of record label Iamsound. Sandy Roberton profile

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I've Laid Some Down In My Time
Tony Colton
PYE 7N17117

Tony Colton, whose real name is Anthony George Chalk, was born in Tumbridge Wells. According to the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide, Tony recorded two solo singles and three with the Big Boss Band. All of these pressings are highly-collectable, and mint copies of I've Laid Some Down In My Time, which (unlike the Fab Forty listing) the Price Guide credits to Tony Colton AND the Big Boss Band, changes hands for around 40. The difference in the artist credit is most likely because Radio London was given the pre-release promo, on which Tony's name appears solo. Tony also recorded with the Peter Bs, Poet and One Man Band prior to taking up his best-known role as vocalist for Heads Hands And Feet in the early Seventies.

Click on the book (left) for an Amazon link to more information about the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide. ( Right) Decca promotional photo.

Fab Forty hits featuring Tony's songwriting talents include the Merseybeats, whose version of I Stand Accused was a Fab Forty #14 in December '65, Zoot Money's Big Time Operator - #4 in September '66 and Shotgun Express whose I Could Feel the Whole World Turn Round, made #16 in November '66. He has a very impressive list of songwriting credits and now lives in Nashville.

Tony's Myspace photos



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:    
Hold On, I'm Comin' Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers Chris Denning
I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Any More New York Public Library Dave Dennis
Twistin' Pneumonia Roy C John Edward
Bumper To Bumper Johnny & John Kenny Everett
It's A Man's Man's Man's World James Brown & the Famous Flames Paul Kaye
You Gave Me Somebody To Love Fortunes Mike Lennox
Take This Heart Of Mine Marvin Gaye Mark Roman
Sandie Swinging Blue Jeans Ed Stewart
Pinocchio Boz Willy Walker
Willow Tree Ivy League Tony Windsor

Climbers:  
So Much Love Steve Alaimo
Merci Cherie Vince Hill
I've Been Hurt Guy Darrell
You Don't Know Like I Know Keith Powell & Billie Davis
Along Comes Mary Association
Come On Out Voids
Yum Yum Steve Darbishire
Just Like Him David Wilcox
Mame Bobby Darin/Louis Armstrong
Mama B J Thomas
Glendora Downliners Sect
Disc of the Week:  
I Need You (EP) Walker Brothers

Additional notes

During his Camp Coffee Break on Friday, June 10th, TW (in response to numerous inquiries from young ladies) interviewed Mike Lennox, putting him on the spot about his love life, and asking the all-important question on every girl's lips, "Why had Mike had his long hair cropped?" Also during the Coffee Break, TW played The Music Goes Round by the Jeeps and I Can Go Down by Jimmy Powell and the Dimensions, both on the Strike label. Neither single was announced as a climber, nor did Alan Field observe them as being described as such, so we can assume that they had only just arrived aboard. This shows that some singles were given airplay without being listed as climbers. In the following week's Fab 40 (June 12th) The Music Goes Round comes straight in at #38, while I Can Go Down is chosen as Paul Kaye's pick, before entering the chart a week later, on June 19th.

TW also included Everything's Gonna Be Alright, a track from the Walker Brothers' 4-track EP, I Need You (Philips BE12596) chosen as the Radio London Club Disc of the Week. The other three cuts were I Need You, Looking For Me and Young Man Cried.

Aboard the Galaxy this week
This was certainly a big week for Kenny Everett. On June 6th, listeners were delighted to see Kenny (KC member #33) return to Big L, large as life. He had been sacked (an event that was to become something of a habit with Kenny) on Nov 2nd 1965, for sending-up the sanctimonious Garner Ted Armstrong and his nightly 'World Tomorrow' religious propaganda broadcast. This programme (much despised by the likes of myself and other teenagers who wanted to hear non-stop music) was a very lucrative earner for Radio London and indeed, most of the offshore stations. Causing offence to Armstrong had not been deemed by Curzon Street management to be the best of career moves on Kenny's part, and he received the order of the boot. However, someone had relented and now Kenny was back from a seven-month absence, during which time he had been recording Decca-sponsored shows for Radio Luxembourg.

Around then, Kenny also met his future wife, Lady Lee, and one of the first things he mentioned on air, was having fallen in love. Young Mary Wingert was outraged to think that he might love anyone else's knees except hers!

Tony Blackburn also arrived aboard the Galaxy on June 7th, having jumped ship from Radio Caroline. Tony was allocated his first climber the following Sunday.

Along Comes Mary Association London HLT 10054

As Kenny had only just arrived back on board the Galaxy, we can assume that his forgettable climber for that week had already been picked for him. Given the choice, he would undoubtedly have chosen the Association, which he absolutely loved. The song went on to do well in the Fab, but failed to make any impression on the Nationals, prompting Kenny to remark after one playing, "It hasn't sold a copy, ya finks! Why don't you go out and buy it?"

I certainly did! I adopted Along Comes Mary as my signature tune and all-time favourite song, which, like so many other great singles, I might never have heard were it not for Big L and Kenny in particular.

The Association was huge in America. Twelve chart entries, which included five Top Tenners, two of them Number Ones. The harmony group's almost total dismissal by British record-buyers remains a mystery. Along Comes Mary was in the US Hot 100 for eleven weeks, peaking at #7. Here, the Association's only national chart success was Time For Living, a meagre #23 in 1968. Ironically, that one UK hit was a single that did not perform so well (#39) for the group in the States.

The Association's first album 'And Then Along Comes... The Association' has been reissued. You get the entire original mono album including both album and single mixes of 'Cherish' and 'Along Comes Mary'. The CD contains 24 tracks and a 16-page full-colour booklet with unpublished photos and extensive liner notes written with the participation of band members.

You can hear a clip from Along Comes Mary on the Association's website, along with many other of the group's US hits. 2015 marked the band's 50th anniversary.

There is more about Kenny's fascination with Along Comes Mary in the Fab Forty for 10th July 66.

On June 10th, having only arrived back three days earlier, Kenny was already threatening to return to 'Little L' (by which he meant Luxembourg) if Younger Girl by the Critters didn't make the charts. The Critters single had already received airplay as a climber for the week commencing May 29th, but had then skipped a week on the climbers list. Two days after Kenny's threat, it did, indeed, enter the Fab Forty.

So Much Love Steve Alaimo HMV POP 1531

Steve Alaimo was co-host of Dick Clark's ABC Music TV show Where The Action Is. The Goffin/King song So Much Love was covered by Tony Blackburn to become a minor hit (#31) in January 1968.

Meanwhile, Off the Galaxy....

The Knees Club had received a letter from Keith Skues (who had joined the station on May 3rd) containing his phone number. On the evening of June 7th, Club Official Mozz and I were intending to ring him, but we chickened out. The following day, when we did pluck up the courage, Keith was out! We ended up having a long conversation with his flatmate, Roger Aspinall, who naturally enough decided to join the KC, becoming member #278.

It transpires that Keith would not have been available that first evening, even if we had been brave enough to phone. On June 7th, 1966, he was, in fact, visiting Shivering Sands fort with Duncan Johnson, Dennis Maitland and engineer Martin Newton, escorted by Radio City owner, Reg Calvert. The purpose of Keith's visit was to discuss his participation in the proposed Radio London/Radio City sweet music venture, UK Good Music - UKGM. Too long and complex a subject to go into in detail here, the project was never to come to fruition.



Unfortunately, the available scan of the KLIF Forty Star Survey for this week in 1966 is not very easy to read, so we have given it its own supplement including a table of some of the more unusual tracks.

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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