for Sunday 8th May 1966
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Presented by Mike Lennox
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Sloop John B Beach Boys
5
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Shotgun Wedding Roy C
1
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Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann
3
4
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration Righteous Brothers
7
5
Love Around The World David Ballantyne
10
6
Cheat And Lie Miki Dallon
20
7
I Hear Trumpets Blow Episode Six
11
8
Come On Home Wayne Fontana
6
9
Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
18
10
Sorrow Merseys
24
11
Lies A Million Roving Kind
21
12
You've Got To Learn Diane Ferraz & Nicky Scott
32
13
Wild Thing Troggs
4
14
Walking My Cat Named Dog Norma Tanega
30
15
Come See Me Pretty Things
31
16
I Love Her Paul & Barry Ryan
25
17
Can't Live With You, Can't Live Without You Mindbenders
22
18
How Does That Grab You Darlin' Nancy Sinatra
40
19
Nothing's Too Good For My Baby Stevie Wonder
20
Hey Girl Small Faces
8
21
Frankie And Johnny Elvis Presley
22
When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
9
23
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
24
Monday Monday Mamas & Papas
29
25
I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree Just Us
26
Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
27
I Do Goldie
34
28
I Take What I Want Artwoods
36
29
I Go To Sleep Truth
30
Mother's Little Helper Gene Latter
31
Promises Ken Dodd
32
Under My Thumb Wayne Gibson
33
Take It Or Leave It Searchers
23
34
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
35
Sad Songs Ed E Lynch
36
While I Live Kenny Damon
37
I'm Gonna Put Some Hurt On You Philip Goodhand–Tait/Stormsville Shakers
38
Water Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
39
You Can Go Valerie Mitchell
40
Message To Michael Dionne Warwick

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Shotgun Wedding Roy C Island WI 273

Cardboard Shoes, Keith Skues, began his sojourn on the Galaxy on May 3rd, after leaving Caroline South. While participating in 1997's Summer of Love broadcast from the Yeoman Rose, Keith recalled that the first record he played on Big L was Shotgun Wedding. Keith's first climber was I've Got So Used To Loving You by Marty Wilde.

Graham Gill (real name Graeme Gilson) was also new to the ship, joining Radio London on May 9th. He was allocated Look At My Baby by The Sensations as his first climber.

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Love Around The World David Ballantyne (Columbia DB 7896)

Record Mirror review: "Very good song, might well hit the charts"

On Friday, March 18th, at the Target Club, High Wycombe, aka the Co-op Memorial Hall, Big L's Earl Richmond, Knees Club member #13, made a personal appearance. He introduced a couple of newcomer David Bs: Bowie and Ballantyne.

Nobody at the Target gig was interested in obtaining either of the Davids' autographs, except for the Knees Club Founder and her Club Official, Lynn. Bowie was duly signed-up as member #127 and Ballantyne, #129. Next to Ballantyne's name in my diary, I wrote: "Corr!" His looks obviously impressed me more than Bowie's, who was not awarded any compkneementarknee exclamations!

David Ballantyne's first single, I Can't Express It, had spent four weeks in the Fab earlier in '66, out-performing Bowie's Can't Help Thinking About Me, which charted around the same time –January/February. I Can't Express It was also a Caroline Sure Shot, and David promoted it with a personal appearance on kids' TV show 5 o'clock Club - presumably meeting hosts Muriel Young and superstar owl Ollie Beak!

The story of David Ballantyne, his Discatron promotion in Trend magazine, and correspondence with David, who now lives in America, is so long that it has been allocated its own page.

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I Take What I Want Artwoods Decca F12384, released 29/4/66

The Artwoods feature, along with Knees Club Luminaries, Episode Six and M15 in Pete Frame's Rock Family Tree as a 'branch' (or maybe a twig?) of Deep Purple. The group contained Art Wood, ex-Blues Incorporated and brother of Ron, Jon Lord and Keef Hartley. For this reason, mint copies of the single fetch 50. The single's 'B' side is a 'longest title' contender: I'm Looking for A Saxophonist Doubling French Horn Wearing Size 37 Boots, which was written by someone called Gump. Forrest, presumably....

The band started life as the Art Wood Combo: Reg Dunnage (drm); Derek Griffith (gtr); Jon Lord (kbd); Malcolm Pool (bss); Art Wood (vcl). When drummer Keef Hartley replaced Dunnage, they became the Artwoods.

Brothers Ron and Art Wood briefly combined their bands' names as the Artbirds (see Fab Forty 241065).

Sadly Art died in November 2006 and Jon Lord in July 2012. Terence Towles Canote in his tribute to Jon Lord wrote:

"The Artwoods would be among the most respected English R & B bands to emerge in the Sixties, producing music to rival The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, and The (British) Birds Unfortunately, they would see little in the way of commercial success."

DJ Climbers:    
Hey Girl Brian Poole & the Tremeloes Chris Denning
He Cried Shangri–Las Dave Dennis
Gotta Find Another Baby Force West John Edward
Look At My Baby Sensations Graham Gill
Truly Julie's Blues/Remember The Rain Bob Lind Duncan Johnson
Once There Was A Time/Not Responsible Tom Jones Paul Kaye
Nothing Comes Easy Sandie Shaw Mike Lennox
Twinkie–Lee Gary Walker Mark Roman
I've Got So Used To Loving You Marty Wilde Keith Skues
For A Moment Unit 4 + 2 Ed Stewart
Paint It Black Rolling Stones Tony Windsor

Climbers:  
Rainy Day Women Nos 12 & 35 Bob Dylan
Love's Made A Fool Of You Bobby Fuller Four
Why Can't You Try To Didgeridoo Anthony Newley
Theresa Paddy Klaus & Gibson
Wonder Boy Bruno
Whatcha Gonna Do Now Chris Andrews
You'll Never Put Shackles On Me Tony Hazzard
Disc of the Week:  
Look Before You Leap Dave Clark Five
Album of the Week:  
Kinda Latin Cliff Richard

The red additions to the climbers indicate singles listed in Brian Long's book 'The London Sound' based on information typed in the Curzon Street offices.
Alan Field did not hear them played or announced as climbers.

The comedy film Idle on Parade (UK title 'Idol On Parade') was an early starring role for Newley as Jeep Jackson, a Fifties pop star coping with conscription.


Why Can't You Try To Didgeridoo Anthony Newley RCA 1518

Chart followers will be devastated to discover that Anthony Newley's ...Didgeridoo climber didgeri-didn't reach any charts.

Born in Hackney, in London's East End, the actor, singer, composer and director was renowned for early Sixties pop hits (Why; Do You Mind; D-Darling) children's favourite novelties (Pop Goes the Weasel; Strawberry Fair; That Noise and apparently, a Christmas ditty called Santa Claus Is Elvis, which was never released. At the other end of the musical scale were power ballads (And the Heavens Cried; What Kind of Fool Am I). Why Can't You Try To Didgeridoo could be classed as a novelty/pop hybrid.

Newley's surreal TV Series, The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1961, repeated 1963) is said to have been an early influence on young David Bowie. From this, it might be concluded that Gurney Slade was responsible for Bowie's Laughing Gnome.

(Right) an EP of tracks from the movie.

Amazon reviewer: "For some unexplained reason, somewhere over the Atlantic 'Idle' became 'Idol' and the American banker, William Bendix, became the star ahead of Anthony Newley, Lionel Jeffries and the ubiquitous David Lodge. Reflecting the situation of poor Terry Dene as a pop singer who fell foul of National Service - but with a happier outcome - this movie features Newley's debut as both singer and composer."

The Anthony Newley Appreciation Society


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

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