The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 3rd October 1965

The Searchers leap straight in to the Big L Fab 40 at #26 with a song by Bobby Darin and Russell Alquist (lyrics here) while Bobby's self-penned protest song 'We Didn't Ask to be Brought Here' is picked as Stewpot's climber.

 

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1
If You Gotta Go, Go Now Manfred Mann
3
2
Hang On Sloopy McCoys
4
3
Take A Heart Sorrows
16
4
Message Understood Sandie Shaw
6
5
Almost There Andy Williams
11
6
Baby Don't Go Sonny & Cher
10
7
Run To My Lovin' Arms Billy Fury
14
8
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag James Brown & the Famous Flames
2
9
Tears Ken Dodd
5
10
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
8
11
Whatcha Gonna Do About It? Small Faces
35
12
It's Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous
7
13
It's The Same Old Song Four Tops
17
14
Move It On Over Del Shannon
9
15
Look Through Any Window Hollies
22
16
Do You Believe In Magic? Lovin' Spoonful
23
17
That Means A Lot P J Proby
25
18
She Needs Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
20
19
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield
30
20
Agent 00 Soul Alex Harvey
40
21
Thou Shalt Not Steal Glenda Collins
28
22
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
26
23
Untrue, Unfaithful Nita Rossi
24
Here It Comes Again Fortunes
29
25
There's Another One Behind / Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival
26
When I Get Home Searchers
24
27
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Silkie
28
On The Horizon Syndicats
29
Everybody Tries Mark Loyd
39
30
'Til I Lost You Vince Everett
31
Treat Her Right Roy Head
32
It's All In The Way You Look At Life Jackie Trent
13
33
Shake And Fingerpop Junior Walker & the All Stars
34
Crazy 'Bout My Baby Swinging Blue Jeans
38
35
Green Is The Grass Jonathan King
36
How Long Will It Last Long John Baldry
31
37
Round Every Corner Petula Clark
38
Kansas City Star Roger Miller
39
Still I'm Sad Yardbirds
40
Yesterday Man Chris Andrews

The Syndicats: This line-up is Steve Howe, John Melton, Tom Ladd and Kevin Driscoll – but Steve may be the only one of them who played on On the Horizon.

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On The Horizon Syndicats Columbia DB7686

On the Horizon, written by Leiber and Stoller, had featured as the B-side of Ben E King's 1961 hit, Stand By Me.This is the Syndicats' third, and most collectable single, and nobody seems sure exactly who played on it. The Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide statement that demo copies of On the Horizon are more common than actual release copies, indicates that promo pressings outnumbered available stock, so the single was doomed to be well-aired, but unobtainable.

Because the record was produced by Joe Meek and features the talents of future Yes-man, Steve Howe, the valuations placed on mint copies elevate these 7-inch lumps of black vinyl to well beyond most collectors' pockets. Mint copies of demos are a snip at 420, but released copies can command 650! This must surely make On the Horizon one of the most highly-valued singles released by an unknown group. (And just think, some of those 420 demos are probably lying at the bottom of the North Sea. Pirates' gold indeed!)

Steve Howe, in the sleevenotes for his CD Mothballs, (click on sleeve photo, right, for track list) which catalogues all of his early releases, admits that the Syndicats, a London-based band, went through many personnel. So many, in fact, that he has difficulty recalling their names and who played on which of the three singles. But Steve does confirm that he is heard only on the A-side of On the Horizon.

DJ Climbers:    
Love is strange Everly Brothers Dave Cash
We Didn't Ask to be Brought Here Bobby Darin Ed Stewart
The Knitting Song Bill Oddie Earl Richmond
Bless You Peter London Dave Dennis

Disc of the Week:  
Our Love Is Slipping Away Ivy League
Climber:  
High Heel Sneakers Stevie Wonder

The climbers in RED have been added as a supplement to Brian Long's original listing, and have kindly been contributed by Wim van Genderen. Wim was uncertain of one title and artist, but Brian has identified the single as The Knitting Song by Bill Oddie Wim was uncertain of one title and artist, but Brian has identified the single as The Knitting Song by Bill Oddie (yes, that Bill Oddie, the comedian who was a member of the Goodies and these days presents TV wildlife programme!).The song (a spoof of novelties like The Clapping Song, was later featured in an episode of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, the BBC Radio 4 comedy series starring Oddie alongside Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch and Jo Kendall.

Disc of the Week:
Our Love Is Slipping Away Ivy League Piccadilly 7N35267

Stuart Pendrill writes:

As I listener to Big L in the sixties I can only marvel at extreme lengths some people went to, in terms of listing events and occurrences, all by hand, and also the extreme lengths you people have gone to in presenting this wonderful account of ‘Wonderful Radio London’.

My time in the sixties was spent listening to music and having so much fun, I could never have kept any accurate records, but I can help in one very small respect. The Fab 40 3rd October 1965, was presented by Dave Cash. How do I know? Because I won the ‘Disc of the Week’ - Our Love is Slipping Away by the Ivy League.

They used to give out a few each week to Radio London Club members during The Fab 40. I was with a crowd of youngsters in Bungay, Suffolk who alerted me that Dave Cash had mentioned my name. I came over and heard him say something about my having a ‘strange’ surname. Strange name or not, I received a copy of the record within a couple of days. Records of the week were usually sure-fire hit records, but the one I received proved to be the exception to that rule.

Hope this may help

Best wishes

Stuart

PS I am still involved with music and was playing the other night when I introduced a song, “Here is one from the sixties.” Some wag leapt in “Yes, the eighteen sixties!” Raucous laughter! Then a third one says, “No, the over sixties….!” People can be so cruel…

We're always pleased to hear from a Big L prizewinner. There were an awful lot of winners during Lil's lifetime, and we would love to hear from more of you. Read about the Million Pound Drum Contest winners here.

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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