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.
|Wonderful World||Herman's Hermits|
|Where Are You Now (My Love)||Jackie Trent|
|Oh No Not My Baby||Manfred Mann|
|Subterranean Homesick Blues||Bob Dylan|
|Come On Over To My Place||Drifters|
|Not Until The Next Time||Jim Reeves|
|Bring It On Home To Me||Animals|
|This Little Bird||Marianne Faithfull|
|Poor Man's Son||Rockin' Berries|
|Long Live Love||Sandie Shaw|
|Comin' On To Cry / That's The Way It Goes||Mojos|
|(You've) Never Been In Love Like This Before||Unit 4 + 2|
|Once Upon A Time||Tom Jones|
|A World Of Our Own||Seekers|
|The Clapping Song||Shirley Ellis|
|Ticket To Ride||Beatles|
|Something Better Beginning||Honeycombs|
|King Of The Road||Roger Miller|
|True Love Ways||Peter & Gordon|
|That's Why I'm Crying||Ivy League|
|Some Things You Never Get Used To||Calvin James|
|All Over The World||Francoise Hardy|
|The Price Of Love||Everly Brothers|
|Love Her||Walker Brothers|
|Don't Think Twice, It's All Right||Heinz & the Wild Boys|
|Trains And Boats And Planes||Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas|
|Come Home||Dave Clark Five|
|Mr Pitiful||Otis Redding|
|When The Ship Comes In||Peter Paul & Mary|
|I've Been Wrong Before||Cilla Black|
|Little Lonely One||Tom Jones|
|I Want That Boy||Chantelles|
|It Ain't Me Babe||Johnny Cash|
|In The Deep Of The Night||Dodie West|
|Iko Iko||Dixie Cups|
|Hand Me Down Things||Adam Faith|
|Be My Guest||Niteshades|
|Stop! In The Name Of Love||Supremes|
|When The Morning Sun Dries The Dew||Quiet Five|
|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."
38 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.
Be My Guest and Live it Up are included in an 8-film collection called 50's And 60's Films With A Beat. Other titles are, Dateline Diamonds, Every Day's a Holiday, The Primitives, The Golden Disc, Band of Thieves and Tell me Another.
Disc of the Week Set Me Free KinksTune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!