The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 20th March 1966

Neil Christian has crusaded all the way up the Fab 40 from #21 to #11. Nice!

He was also doing well on the other offshore stations (see advert below chart).

Last
This
 
Week
Week
1
1
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds
3
2
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
5
3
Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind / Val Doonican
2
4
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion Kinks
8
5
Nowhere Man Settlers / Three Good Reasons
11
6
Super Girl Graham Bonney
15
7
I Met A Girl Shadows
7
8
Make The World Go Away Eddy Arnold
9
9
What Now My Love Sonny & Cher
10
Substitute Who
21
11
That's Nice Neil Christian
14
12
Working My Way Back To You Four Seasons
23
13
Blue Turns To Grey Cliff Richard & the Shadows
10
14
Lightnin' Strikes Lou Christie
4
15
I Can't Let Go Hollies
25
16
There'll Be Another Spring Frank Ifield
39
17
If You've Got A Minute Baby Freddie & the Dreamers
37
18
It's Too Late Bobby Goldsboro
34
19
Ballad Of The Green Berets Staff Sgt Barry Sadler / Alan Moorhouse Orchestra
6
20
Woman Peter & Gordon
38
21
You Won't Be Leaving Herman's Hermits
24
22
Love Me With All Your Heart/The Sound Of Silence Bachelors
26
23
Try Too Hard Dave Clark Five
24
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
31
25
Like A Man New Faces
26
Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) Four Tops
27
A Legal Matter Who
28
Somewhere Len Barry
29
Someday, One Day Seekers
17
30
Barbara Ann Beach Boys
19
31
Why Don't I Run Away From You? Kiki Dee
32
I Fought The Law Bobby Fuller Four
32
He Fought The Law She Trinity
13
33
Backstage Gene Pitney
33
34
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
35
Greig One Second City Sound
36
Long Live Our Love Shangri-Las
22
37
Pop-Art Goes Mozart Tornados
27
38
Up And Down McCoys
-
39
I Put A Spell On You Alan Price Set
30
40
Hold Tight Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich

Down from five to to four 'doubles' this week, with two versions each of Nowhere Man, Elusive Butterfly, Ballad of the Green Berets and I/ He Fought the Law

 

Neil Christian's offshore crusade was going well, as this advert for Strike distributors Selecta indicates. Roy Harper and The Deputies were not so lucky.

(advert courtesy of Brian Long)

11
6
Super Girl Graham Bonney Columbia DB 7843

Graham Bonney's real name was Bradley. He had been a child actor before commencing a musical career and had played with the Trends and the Riot Squad prior to launching a solo career in 1965. His first release My Little World Is All Blue was picked as John Edward's climber for 19th Dec 65.

Super Girl was a climber for two weeks and absent from the Big L playlist for the next, but reappeared the following week at #37. It was on its way up to a Fab 40 #2, #10 on the Caroline chart, #3 on Radio City's City Sixty and #19 on the Nationals. Graham Bonney co-wrote Super Girl's Pall Mall-published B-side, Hill of Lovin' with Barry Mason.

Follow-ups No One Knows and Baby's Gone received Big L airplay, but failed to make an impact. The next release Thank You Baby fared much better, Fab 40-wise, hitting #15, but Bonney's cover of Happy Together lost out to the Turtles' original.

In 1969, Granada TV launched Lift Off, an ITV-networked teatime pop show produced by Muriel Young. Bonney co-hosted the first series , but only part of the second, with Ayesha Brough. Lift Off ran for eight series, showcasing all the current pop talent up until 1974, by which time the show had been retitled 'Lift Off With Ayesha'.

No doubt assisted by pirate airplay, Graham Bonney found his biggest success on the continent and he relocated to Germany. He continues to perform and release records and hosts a German-language personal website.

DJ Climbers:
Speak Her Name David & Jonathan Tony Windsor
Climbers:
Kicks Measles
One More Heartache Marvin Gaye
Love Is Me Love Is You Jackie Trent
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog Norma Tanega
Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
My Life Overlanders
Alfie Cilla Black
You Won't See Me Lee Lynch & the Blue Angels
(You Got) The Power Of Love Everly Brothers
The Pied Piper Crispian St Peters
Just A Minute Or Two Gene Latter
Disc of the Week:  
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield

On Sunday, March 20th at the Wimbledon Palais, the prize was presented for the 'Million Pound Drum Contest' which had been promoted on Radio London during February. From an entry of 2,700, Carol Offord's 'suitable station announcement' was selected to win Dave Clark's multi-hit-making drum kit. Carol nominated John Tillett to receive the prize from Dave. Carol and John tell their great story here.

On Friday, March 25th, Dave Cash mentioned how delighted he was to receive a poster that Knees Club Official Lynn Belcher had made specially for his 'Bring Back the Byrds' campaign, which he'd launched on the Breakfast Show the previous week.

The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here

Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

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