The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 8th August 1965

Although Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote 'We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place', the Animals' reading of the song was sufficiently gritty to be relevant to grim industrial cities in the UK. Eric Burdon penned the B-side, 'I Can't Believe It'.

Hands up all those who viewed this hit as their personal anthem for escaping school for the summer!

Last
This
 
Week
Week
2
1
We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place Animals
4
2
Catch Us If You Can Dave Clark Five
1
3
Help! Beatles
10
4
Everyone's Gone To The Moon Jonathan King
9
5
I Can't Help Myself Four Tops
8
6
I Want Candy Brian Poole & the Tremeloes
12
7
Cry To Me Pretty Things
11
8
Too Many Rivers Brenda Lee
3
9
You've Got Your Troubles Fortunes
22
10
Zorba's Dance Marcello Minerbi
7
11
Summer Nights Marianne Faithfull
5
12
(Say) You're My Girl Roy Orbison
25
13
All I Really Want To Do Byrds / Cher
27
14
Don't Make My Baby Blue Shadows
15
15
With These Hands Tom Jones
24
16
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
6
17
He's Got No Love Searchers
17
18
In Thoughts Of You Billy Fury
30
19
See My Friend Kinks
16
20
Like We Used To Be Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
40
21
Make It Easy On Yourself Walker Brothers
20
22
Heart Full Of Soul Yardbirds
13
23
There But For Fortune Joan Baez
24
I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
33
25
The Secret Of My Success Chantelles
19
26
Tossing And Turning Ivy League
27
What's New Pussycat? Tom Jones
28
28
Baby Never Say Goodbye Bo Street Runners
31
29
Seventh Son Johnny Rivers
30
Yakety Axe Chet Atkins
35
31
Day By Day Julie Rogers
32
You're My Girl Rockin' Berries
18
33
Mr Tambourine Man Byrds
14
34
That's The Way Honeycombs
35
Nothing Comes Easy Rey Anton & the Peppermint Men
29
36
Show Me Around Mike Hurst
34
37
In The Middle Of Nowhere Dusty Springfield
32
38
Woolly Bully Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
39
Follow Me Drifters
21
40
Let The Water Run Down P J Proby

Note: Spot the Dateline Diamonds acts this week! The Chantelles at #25, Rey Anton at #35 (see notes below) and The Small Faces with this week's Pete Brady climber, all appear in the film – although it was mainly conceived as a vehicle to promote the Small Faces.

35
Nothing Comes Easy Rey Anton & the Peppermint Men Parlophone R5310

The former Leonard Hirons was an ex-window cleaner and scaffolder from Bournemouth, shown left, with his bucket and ladder when he was the subject of a 1962 British Pathe cinema feature, called Folks Get With it. As Rey Anton, he released eleven UK and several continental singles between 1962 and 1966, backed by the Batons, then the Peppermint Men and finally Pro Form. (The latter name is also listed by various sources as 'Proform'', 'Pro Forma' and 'Proformula'!) Rey wrote Nothing Comes Easy, which was published by the Big L-associated Pall Mall Music. A second Anton/Pall Mall collaboration Premeditation was released in November '65 by 'Rey Anton and Pro Forma'.

The band performs First Taste of Love in Dateline Diamonds and also appears alongside a young Pauline Collins, Dana Gillespie and (The Lovely) Aimi MacDonald in the 1966 film Secrets of a Windmill Girl - described by one reviewer as 'almost unwatchable'! The title track The Windmill Girls was sung by fellow Fab Forty artist Valerie Mitchell and released on the B-side of her single You Can Go. What music the Rey Anton band contributed to the film, is unknown.

Some years back, we asked Len if he could fill in some of the missing information about the Peppermint Men. He not only did that, (see letter, left) but kindly sent two photos of himself with the band. Len tells us that the Peppermint Men were Ted Dry (lead), Martin Dry (bass), Chubby (rhythm) and Malcolm (drums). (He could not recall Chubby and Malcolm's surnames.)

The correct title of the later Rey Anton backing group was Pro Form, and was a collective name for various musicians who were available for recording and gigs when required. It may well have been two different sets of musicians who appeared in the two films backing Rey.

In July of 66. Rey accidentally got a solo listing in the Fab Forties for three weeks.

In more recent years, Len Hirons worked with The Mulberries r & b band, as support for Status Quo and also performed with them at a charity concert, with Dire Straits' keyboard player, Guy Fletcher. He told us, "I do hope this information is helpful to you. I was amazed at the amount of information you already had on myself and the Peppermint Men. After over forty years, I am still enjoying making music."

Sadly, Len died in May 2011 after a short illness.



DJ Climbers:    
Whatcha Gonna Do About It? Small Faces Pete Brady
Hurt Me If You Will Mark Four Dave Cash
That's The Way I Must Go Headliners Dave Dennis
Around The Corner Duprees Kenny Everett
I'll Never Get Over You Everly Brothers Duncan Johnson
I Have Cried My Last Tear Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers Paul Kaye
Paradise Frank Ifield Earl Richmond
Laugh At Me Sonny Ed Stewart
Hark Unit 4 + 2 Tony Windsor

The Curzon Street list

Hurt Me if You Will Mark Four Decca F12204

Dave Cash's climber was originally titled simply 'Hurt Me' on demo copies, but changed to Hurt Me if You Will on the single's release. However, it seems that according to the Curzon Street list, above, Radio London had been contemplating playing the B-side, I'm Leaving, a track reminiscent of early Rolling Stones material, with a Bo Diddly rhythm. This may have been simply a Radlon admin error, or possibly a change by Decca.
The only non-DJ climber listed this week is the Universal Soldier EP.

I'll Never Get Over You Everly Brothers Warner Bros WB5639

Duncan Johnson's climber, I'll Never Get Over You is a Don and Phil Everly composition and not to be confused with the 1963 Top Ten hit of the same title, which was by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and penned by their manager, Gordon Mills.

Climber:  
Universal Soldier (EP) Donovan
Disc of the Week:  
Just A Little Bit Better Herman's Hermits

Universal Soldier (EP) Donovan Pye NEP 24219

Earlier in 1965, we saw the arrival of the heyday of the EP (extended play single) and the rise in popularity of folky protest songs. Donovan combined the two to produce a popular, 4-track, folky, anti-war EP! The track-listing for the laugh-a-minute Universal Soldier EP is, Universal Soldier, The Ballad Of A Crystal Man, Do You Hear Me Now and The War Drags On. (Thanks to Alan Field)
Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

Back to 'Lil's 60s Scrapbook'
Fab Forty Index
Home