The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 16th May 1965

A Ray Davies song (from the 'Kinda Kinks' LP) is at #17 for drummer Honey Lantree and friends, while a new Kinks single, 'Set Me Free', is named as Disc of the Week.

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Wonderful World Herman's Hermits
7
2
Where Are You Now (My Love) Jackie Trent
2
3
Oh No Not My Baby Manfred Mann
1
4
Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan
6
5
Come On Over To My Place Drifters
10
6
Not Until The Next Time Jim Reeves
4
7
Bring It On Home To Me Animals
13
8
This Little Bird Marianne Faithfull
22
9
Poor Man's Son Rockin' Berries
18
10
Long Live Love Sandie Shaw
12
11
Comin' On To Cry / That's The Way It Goes Mojos
20
12
(You've) Never Been In Love Like This Before Unit 4 + 2
9
13
Once Upon A Time Tom Jones
8
14
A World Of Our Own Seekers
29
15
The Clapping Song Shirley Ellis
14
16
Ticket To Ride Beatles
3
17
Something Better Beginning Honeycombs
16
18
King Of The Road Roger Miller
19
19
True Love Ways Peter & Gordon
23
20
That's Why I'm Crying Ivy League
11
21
Some Things You Never Get Used To Calvin James
28
22
Marie Bachelors
15
23
All Over The World Francoise Hardy
24
The Price Of Love Everly Brothers
17
25
Love Her Walker Brothers
26
26
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Heinz & the Wild Boys
37
27
Trains And Boats And Planes Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas
28
Come Home Dave Clark Five
32
29
Mr Pitiful Otis Redding
39
30
When The Ship Comes In Peter Paul & Mary
35
31
I've Been Wrong Before Cilla Black
32
Little Lonely One Tom Jones
33
I Want That Boy Chantelles
34
It Ain't Me Babe Johnny Cash
35
In The Deep Of The Night Dodie West
27
36
Iko Iko Dixie Cups
31
37
Hand Me Down Things Adam Faith
38
Be My Guest Niteshades
25
39
Stop! In The Name Of Love Supremes
40
When The Morning Sun Dries The Dew Quiet Five

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Some Things You Never Get Used To Calvin James Columbia DB7516

Calvin James, aka George Underwood, had been a member of David Bowie's Manish Boys, alongside our offshore DJ friends John 'Purpleknees' Edward and Radio City's Woolf Byrne. John told us:
"The Manish Boys have got together four times now in recent years. On the occasion of the third event, Bowie rang and spoke to each of us for five minutes or so. He was very friendly and I told him of the track I had just put down of a new version of I Pity The Fool (our first release). He laughed and said he'd be interested in hearing it."



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Be My Guest Niteshades CBS 201763

The Niteshades was a 6-piece outfit from Stevenage and Be My Guest was the title song from a 1964 Rank film. The single's release date presumably coincided with the movie's, which played as the support to the Morecambe and Wise feature The Intelligence Men.

Be My Guest starred David Hemmings, with the cast list including one "Steven Marriott" – yes, young Stevie, soon to join the Small Faces. Musically, the film also showcases performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, the Nashville Teens, the Zephyrs, the Plebs and Kenny and the Wranglers.

The plot centres on a young man whose family runs a guest house. After his band's demo record, called (guess what?) Be My Guest, gets stolen, they enter a talent contest, but discover a plot to rig the result. They confront the promoter with the evidence, and go on to win.

This was Steve Marriott's third film and a sequel to 1963's Live it Up, involving a very similar plot. The musical movies were low-budget promotional vehicles for the Rank organisation's Film Music division, which was run by Harold Shampan and acquired by him at the end of 1964. Harold became a director of Radio London's music publishing company, Pall Mall Music and later wrote and produced Dateline Diamonds. The Niteshades' B-side, I Must Reveal, was published by Pall Mall. (Notes: Alan Field/Mary Payne)

Dateline Diamonds, released April 1966 to play alongside Doctor in Clover, was based around a story of the Big L ship mv Galaxy being used for the purpose of smuggling stolen gems. A special two-page feature on the film with full cast list and foyer photos, is here.

Low-budget 'B-movies' shown as supports to the main feature were an integral part of a visit to the 'flicks' in the Sixties. Live it Up came out in 1963, undergoing a change of title in the US to become Sing and Swing. The musicians directed on celluloid by Joe Meek, included The Outlaws (with Ritchie Blackmore on lead guitar) and Gene Vincent.

Steve Marriott is also in Dateline Diamonds, this time as a member of the Small Faces, who perform four songs in the film.

Click on the Live it Up or Be My Guest photos (left) for information on buying the films on DVD. Click on the Dateline Diamonds photo (right) to buy the DVD.





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Set Me Free Kinks
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