The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 19th December 1965


The Fab Four remain the Fab 40 #1, with their double A-side, while 'Rubber Soul' is chosen as 'LP of the Week'
(See Alan Field's notes, below the Climbers list).

Last This
Presented by Earl Richmond
Week Week
1 1 We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper Beatles
6 2 To Whom It Concerns Chris Andrews
4 3 Keep On Running Spencer Davis Group
9 4 You Make It Move Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
11 5 Till The End Of The Day Kinks
10 6 It's All Happening Leapy Lee
12 7 Take Me For What I'm Worth Searchers
5 8 Rescue Me Fontella Bass
13 9 A Must To Avoid Herman's Hermits
14 10 The Little Girl I Once Knew Beach Boys
8 11 Let's Hang On Four Seasons
3 12 My Ship Is Coming In Walker Brothers
25 13 England Swings Roger Miller
31 14 I Stand Accused Merseybeats
39 15 Don't Push Me Hedgehoppers Anonymous
2 16 Maria P J Proby
17 17 Something About You Four Tops
18 My Girl Otis Redding
33 19 The Long Cigarette Roulettes
7 20 You Were On My Mind Crispian St Peters
15 21 The River Ken Dodd
40 22 Mirror Mirror Pinkerton's Assorted Colours
32 23 Hello Dolly Bachelors
36 24 The Water Is Over My Head Rockin' Berries
16 25 Fever McCoys
21 26 This Year, Next Year Honeycombs
23 27 Eight Days A Week Alma Cogan
28 28 Starlight Melody Nini Rosso
37 29 Work Song James Royal
30 Are You There (With Another Girl) Dionne Warwick
31 I Can't Believe What You Say Val McKenna
32 May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose Little Jimmy Dickens
18 33 Princess In Rags Gene Pitney
19 34 My Generation Who
35 Make The World Go Away Eddy Arnold
35 Make The World Go Away Dodie West
24 36 I Hear A Symphony Supremes
37 Thunderball Tom Jones
38 Ebb Tide Righteous Brothers
39 A Sweet Woman Like You Joe Tex
40 Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

DJ Climbers:    
Tchaikovsky One Second City Sound Dave Cash
Jealous Heart Connie Francis Dave Dennis
My Little World Is All Blue Graham Bonney John Edward
Second Hand Rose Barbra Streisand Paul Kaye
Music Talk Beryl Marsden Mike Lennox
Creation Rick & Sandy Earl Richmond
Goin' Where The Lovin' Is Christine Holmes Mark Roman
Friends And Lovers Forever New Breed Tony Windsor
Goodbye Girl Keith Powell Duncan Johnson
Liar Liar Castaways Ed Stewart

Goodbye Girl was in Brian Long's original climber list, but it was not allocated to any of the DJs. From listening to recordings, Gert van der Winden has identified it as Duncan Johnson's pick for this week.

Alan Field's Fab Notes:
As Brian Long points out in his book, The London Sound, this chart sees We Can Work It Out at #1 for the third consecutive week, marking the longest run at the top for any record on the Fab 40. People with a copy of the book should note that Brian has updated this week's list with us – all the climbers, and the disc and LP of the week are published here for the first time. The Album of the Week became a regular feature on Big L, and we have weekly listings for it starting in the first week of May 1966. The inclusion of the Beatles' Rubber Soul as 'LP of the Week' on 19th December 1965 seems to be the first recorded instance or, more likely, a special feature at the time.

Creation Rick & Sandy Decca F12196

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.
Earl Richmond's climber Creation, penned and produced by Jonathan King, was their final release.They secured a coveted slot on Ready Steady Go! on 29th Jan 65, alongside the Who, Hollies, Animals and Donovan, but TV exposure did not bring them a hit, although the single had reached #24 in the Fab 40.
After his split with Rick, Sandy recorded a cover of Neil Diamond's Solitary Man – and was back in the Big L chart. (See Fab Forty 05/06/66.)

Sugar Shack Steve Brett & Mavericks
Can't Nobody Love You David Essex
Disc of the Week:  
White Christmas Jackie Edwards
LP of the Week:  
Rubber Soul Beatles

Sugar Shack Steve Brett & Mavericks Columbia DB 7794

The Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide puts a value of 140 on a mint condition copy of this disc. A glance at the line-up of the Wolverhampton group who made it says it all. Playing guitar and singing backing vocals is none other than Neville 'Noddy' Holder. His next group was the 'N Betweens, who went on to become Ambrose Slade, who morphed into the 70's hit machine Slade. There's more about them in the notes to the Fab 40 for 4th December 1966.

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

Alan Field's Fab Notes:
Liar Liar
by the Castaways was held over as Ed Stewart's pick for a second week; it was announced as such on four separate occasions. Paul Kaye took a new climber this week, but his previous pick , Can't Nobody Love You by David Essex, remained on the playlist as a general climber. Explaining this in his show on Christmas morning, Paul himself announced, "We're persevering with this record because we're quite sure it is gonna be a hit". Sadly, it wasn't.

The climbers and addition to the Fab Forty in BLUE have been added as a supplement to Brian Long's original listing, and were kindly contributed by Kees Brinkerink
with information gained from listening to archive Radio London recordings Kees was also able to identify this week's presenter as Earl Richmond.

The Caroline 'Sounds of '65' chart (south ship) for this week is here

Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

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