for Sunday 11th September 1966

Compare the top singles in this week's City Sixty with the Big L Fab Forty and the first thing you'll notice is that the FF#1 'Distant Drums' is completely absent from the Radio City chart. However, the City Sixty contains 'Barefootin'' by Robert Parker, Wayne Fontana's 'Goodbye Bluebird' and David & Jonathan's 'Lovers of the World Unite', none of which is on this week's Radio London playlist.

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Presented by Tony Blackburn
Week
Week
6
1
Distant Drums Jim Reeves
2
2
Working In The Coal Mine Lee Dorsey
7
3
I'm A Boy Who
8
4
Summertime Billy Stewart
1
5
Got To Get You Into My Life Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers
14
6
Ashes To Ashes Mindbenders
22
7
I Can't Turn You Loose Otis Redding
20
8
When I Come Home Spencer Davis Group
17
9
Land Of 1,000 Dances Wilson Pickett
25
10
You Can't Hurry Love Supremes
32
11
I Don't Care Los Bravos
10
12
Run Sandie Shaw
29
13
Walk With Me Seekers
31
14
Is It Really Worth Your While? Fortunes
34
15
Little Man Sonny & Cher
37
16
Changes Crispian St Peters
24
17
Sunny Bobby Hebb / - Cher
4
18
Big Time Operator Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
35
19
Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band
35
20
Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond
39
21
Another Time, Another Place Chippy
9
22
Too Soon To Know Roy Orbison
23
Bend It Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
24
All I See Is You Dusty Springfield
25
That's The Way Kit-Kats
26
Have You Ever Loved Somebody Searchers
27
7 And 7 Is Love
11
28
All Or Nothing Small Faces
12
29
Step Out Of Line Twice As Much
30
30
We Love The Pirate Stations Roaring 60's
31
I Can See You Cymerons
32
Guantanamera Sandpipers
33
Light Finders Keepers
34
Ain't It A Great Big Laugh Jeeps
35
Artificial City Rothchilds
35
Every Day Is Just The Same Checkmates
36
Run Run Giorgio & Marco's Men
36
My Way Of Thinking Guy Darrell
15
37
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Junior Walker & the All Stars
38
37
Beg Borrow And Steal Rare Breed
38
Say Those Magic Words Birds Birds
39
Cherish Association
39
The Dangling Conversation Simon & Garfunkel
40
Dear Mrs Applebee David Garrick
40
Lady Godiva Peter & Gordon

38
37
Beg Borrow And Steal/Jeri's Theme Rare Breed Strike JH 316

Pristine copies of Beg Borrow And Steal change hands for around £25. Confusion abounds about Rare Breed, as it has frequently been stated (both in the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide and Vernon Joyston's Tapestry of Delights) that this recording is by an earlier version of the group that entered the Fab Forty on 12th February '67, under the name of Pussyfoot. Beg Borrow And Steal is, however, by an American group called Rare Breed, discovered by producers Jeffrey Katz and Jerry Kasenetz, who released this single in the US on Attack AR-140.

Paul Coates confirms this, adding:

The American Rare Breed had two releases on Attack records Beg Borrow And Steal on Attack 1401, and on 1403 Come And Take A Ride In My Boat (no apparent UK release). Beg Borrow And Steal was produced by Kasenetz Katz. The band came from the New York/New Jersey area but were presented as an Ohio group since it was believed at the time easier to break a record out in the Midwest! However the band fell out with Kasenetz Katz and they parted company. A few months later Kasenetz Katz found a true Ohio group, Sir Timothy and The Royals, and rereleased Beg Borrow And Steal under the group's new name, The Ohio Express. This came out on Cameo 483 and reached #29 in the Billboard charts on 2nd December 1967.

It seems there must have been a band called Rare Breed on either side of the pond, causing the London band to change its name to avoid confusion.

(click on the picture for an Amazon link to more information about the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide)

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:    
What A Wonderful Feeling Lulu & the Alan Price Set Tony Blackburn
Till Winter Follows Spring Settlers Dave Dennis
I Struck It Rich Len Barry Kenny Everett
I Can Make It With You Jackie de Shannon Paul Kaye
She Drives Me Out Of My Mind Swinging Medallions Mike Lennox
Baby Toys Toys Mark Roman
Summer Wind Frank Sinatra Keith Skues
Have You Ever Loved Somebody Paul & Barry Ryan Ed Stewart
I Chose To Sing The Blues Ray Charles Norman St John
Rumplestiltskin Magic Lanterns Alan West
I've Got You Under My Skin Four Seasons Tony Windsor
Climbers:  
Sunny Georgie Fame
There Will Never Be Another You Chris Montez
Ain't That Peculiar Loving Kind
What Would Your Mama Say Now? Miki Dallon
Two Lovers Sonny Childe
I Really Don't Want To Know Ronnie Dove
My Strength, Heart And Soul Johnny Devlin
Disc of the Week:  
Another Tear Falls Walker Brothers
Album of the Week:  
Nancy In London Nancy Sinatra


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 or other sources.
Listener Hans Evers also confirms having heard the Ronnie Dove record as a climber.
Alan Field did not hear these additions played or announced as climbers.


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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