In the run-up to Christmas, Big L Programme Director, Alan Keen, issued the following memo:

Radio London Christmas Programming

The majority of record companies will not be issuing releases between December 9th and January 6th. It is therefore inevitable that the Radio London Fab Forty charts for the period will be slower-moving than normal.

I have therefore decided to introduce for the first time, a supplementary list of forty records which will be entitled The Radio London Family Forty (Fam 40). These will be presented in alphabetical order and will be records which have a particular all-round family appeal.

This arrangement by no means affects the normal weekly Fab 40 or the special Christmas material which will be featured on Radio London, but is merely introduced in order to supplement the station format.

The Family 40 will be featured from Sunday 11th December until New Year's Eve. A copy will be sent to you.

Family Forty for period 11/12/66 to 1/1/67

Mame Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Poor Old World Paul Anka
The Angel and The Stranger Eddy Arnold
Hey Woman Kenny Barnard
April Showers Roy Castle
Satisfied With You Dave Clark Five
Lookin' For Love Ray Conniff Orchestra
Celebration Day Russ Conway
Do You Hear What I Hear Bing Crosby
This World of Ours Marlene Dietrich
Big Bad Mouse Fenella Fielding
Games That Lovers Play Eddie Fisher
These Boots Are Made For Walking Ella Fitzgerald
Run To The Door Clinton Ford
The Riddler Frank Gorshin
Invisible Tears Vince Hill
All the Love In the World Lynn Holland
Call Her Your Sweetheart Frank Ifield
It's Good To be Around Karlins
Nobody's Baby Again Dean Martin
Tower Bridge Spike Milligan
Heart Rita Pavone
Love Me Please Love Me Michel Polnareff
While The Angelus Was Ringing Julie Rogers
Daddy Christmas Song Nita Rossi
Last Farewell Nini Rosso
Louie Louie Sandpipers
Here In My Heart Harry Secombe
On the Other Side Settlers
Hazy Shade of Winter Simon and Garfunkel
That's Life Frank Sinatra
Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) Barbra Streisand
Paris Smiles Mel Torme
Cabaret Frankie Vaughan
Yours Until Tomorrow Dee Dee Warwick
Another Night Dionne Warwick
That Special Way Nancy Wilson
That Man Batman Mike and Bernie Winters
You Made Me What I Am Mark Wynter
Whole Lotta Lovin' Nola York

Amongst artists such as Marlene Dietrich, Fenella Fielding, Harry Secombe, Vince Hill, Frankie Vaughan, Bing Crosby and Clinton Ford, there wasn't much in the 'Fam Forty' to appeal to the likes of the then 17-year-old Mary Wingert! I imagine at the time, the Sandpipers' version of Louie Louie would have been regarded by me as on a par with the Northern Dance Orchestra's rendition of Purple Haze!

The above information and chart is reproduced from the book 'The London Sound', by kind permission of the author, Brian Long. The book is now out of print.

Christmas Index
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