The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 5th September 1965

Barry McGuire cheers everyone up at #18.

Alan Field points out that this week's Fab 40 is Brian Long's updated/corrected version of the chart originally published in his book 'The London Sound'.

Brian writes about how he originally compiled the Fabs here.

September 5th was also the date of the first time-checks sponsored by the Bulova clock and watch company (see item below the chart).


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Presented by Dave Cash
Week
Week
1
1
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones
5
2
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
6
3
What's New Pussycat? Tom Jones
2
4
I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
10
5
Just A Little Bit Better Herman's Hermits
9
6
Whatcha Gonna Do About It? Small Faces
4
7
Make It Easy On Yourself Walker Brothers
13
8
Il Silenzio Nini Rosso
11
9
Laugh At Me Sonny
23
10
Look Through Any Window Hollies
15
11
Universal Soldier (EP) Donovan
31
12
Hang On Sloopy McCoys
14
13
Take A Heart Sorrows
3
14
All I Really Want To Do Byrds / Cher
16
15
Hark Unit 4 + 2
7
16
Zorba's Dance Marcello Minerbi
17
California Girls Beach Boys
32
18
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
18
19
The Time In Between Cliff Richard & the Shadows
27
20
Hurt Me If You Will Mark Four
12
21
Help! / I'm Down Beatles
8
22
Don't Make My Baby Blue Shadows
20
23
Ju Ju Hand Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
17
24
You're My Girl Rockin' Berries
26
25
(It Won't Hurt) Half As Much Them
26
It's The Same Old Song Four Tops
28
27
Baby Don't Go Sonny & Cher
39
28
Save Your Heart For Me Gary Lewis & the Playboys
29
Run To My Lovin' Arms Billy Fury
30
30
Try To Understand Lulu
33
31
That's The Way I Must Go Headliners
40
32
She Belongs To Me Masterminds
33
Whenever You're Ready Zombies
37
34
It's All Over Now Baby Blue Leroy Van Dyke / Joan Baez
35
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield
36
Since I Lost My Baby Temptations
37
Untrue, Unfaithful Nita Rossi
38
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Silkie
24
39
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
34
40
I'll Never Get Over You Everly Brothers

 

31
12
Hang On Sloopy McCoys Immediate IM 001

A massive leap up the Fab Forty from #31 to #12 for Hang on Sloopy. Originally titled My Girl Sloopy the song was first recorded by the Vibrations in 1964. The McCoys' version, a huge hit on both sides of the pond, is now the official rock record of the Ohio State University. Unless things have changed since this feature appeared in 2008, Ohio is the only university to have an official rock song.

Aboard the Galaxy
September 5th
Radio London broadcast the first of its soon-to-be-famous time-checks sponsored by the Bulova clock and watch company, a contract the station had won from Radio Caroline. The Bulova Awards website reveals:

The realization of a great American dream began in 1875 when Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old immigrant from Bohemia, opened a small jewelry store on Maiden Lane in New York City. This modest enterprise was to evolve into one of today's pre-eminent watch and clock companies. ...America ran on Bulova time, beginning with radio's first commercials, broadcast nationally in 1926: "At the tone, it's 8 P.M., B-U-L-O-V-A, Bulova watch time." Two years later, Bulova introduced the world's first clock radio.

DJ Climber:    
Shake And Fingerpop Junior Walker & the All Stars Dave Cash
She Needs Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders Ed Stewart
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag James Brown Paul Kaye
Gloria Wheels Duncan Johnson
Night People Measles Kenny Everett
Move it On Over Del Shannon Tony Windsor

Climber:  
Till I lost you Vince Everett
Disc of the Week:  
Agent 00 Soul Alex Harvey

The climbers listed in RED have been added as a supplement to Brian Long's original listing, and have kindly been contributed by Wim van Genderen

The Caroline 'Sounds of '65' chart for this week (south ship) which also has the Stones in the top slot, is here

Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!

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