The Early Radio London Fab Forties

Sunday 26th September 1965

Up from #15 to #7 for the Four Tops' third Fab Forty entry. Note that the B-side of this continental release is 'Baby I Need Your Loving'. This song had been issued as a UK single in 1964 c/w 'Call On Me' and had appeared in the Fab Forty at the start of the year.

The song is so well-known that most people will be surprised to hear that it never made the UK Nationals.

The UK B-side of 'It's the Same Old Song' was 'Your Love is Amazing'.


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If You Gotta Go, Go Now Manfred Mann
5
2
Tears Ken Dodd
2
3
Hang On Sloopy McCoys
6
4
Take A Heart Sorrows
4
5
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
20
6
Almost There Andy Williams
15
7
It's The Same Old Song Four Tops
3
8
Whatcha Gonna Do About It? Small Faces
1
9
Look Through Any Window Hollies
21
10
Run To My Lovin' Arms Billy Fury
17
11
Baby Don't Go Sonny & Cher
8
12
California Girls Beach Boys
19
13
Shake And Fingerpop Junior Walker & the All Stars
28
14
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag James Brown & the Famous Flames
9
15
It's All Over Now Baby Blue Joan Baez
29
16
Message Understood Sandie Shaw
18
17
Move It On Over Del Shannon
14
18
Il Silenzio Nini Rosso
12
19
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
22
20
Some Of Your Lovin' Dusty Springfield
26
21
Action Freddy Cannon
35
22
Do You Believe In Magic? Lovin' Spoonful
31
23
That Means A Lot P J Proby
16
24
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Silkie
23
25
She Needs Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
40
26
Untrue, Unfaithful Nita Rossi
10
27
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones
33
28
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
29
There's Another One Behind / Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival
32
30
Agent 00 Soul Alex Harvey
31
Round Every Corner Petula Clark
11
32
Just A Little Bit Better Herman's Hermits
39
33
Early Morning Rain Peter, Paul & Mary
25
34
I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
35
It's Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous
30
36
Make It Easy On Yourself Walker Brothers
7
37
Universal Soldier (EP) Donovan
38
Green Is The Grass Jonathan King
27
39
'Til I Lost You Vince Everett
40
Thou Shalt Not Steal Glenda Collins

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It's Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous Decca F 12241

Alan Field's Fab Notes:

The band formed in 1963 as the Trendsetters. The five members were in the RAF (all except Alan Laud, were based at RAF Wittering) and they changed their name the following year to Hedgehoppers - a slang reference to low flying. Jonathan King became their manager in 1965, added Anonymous to the group name and supplied the protest song which was to become their first and best-known hit.

The version of It's Good News Week that was being played on Big L wasn't the same recording that was on sale in the shops. Early promotional copies of the record that had been sent to the station included an original verse about blood in Asia and butchering the sacred cow. The words on the issued single were changed at the insistence of the record company, although the new lyrics about famine and birth control were probably only slightly less offensive!

(l to r) Mick Tinsley (vcls), Alan Laud (gtr) John Stewart (lead), Ray Honeyball (bass) Leslie Dash (drms, gtr) Decca publicity photo: David Wedgbury.



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There's Another One Behind / Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival Parlophone R 5335

Alan Field:
And talking about lyrics, er, which we were..... While the calypso-style Shame And Scandal In The Family hints strongly at certain extra-marital liaisons, we're pleased to report that There's Another One Behind are the innocent words of an exasperated bus conductor speaking to the waiting queue! (Although the lyrics are very much of the mid-Sixties and would now be considered extremely non-PC.) The song is very much in the mould of Bernard Cribbins' 1962 hits Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred, and was written by the same team, Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge.

Lance Percival became the King of Calypso on the BBC's magazine-style news programme, Tonight where he would compose and perform calypsos based on topical stories. He went on to join late-night Saturday satirical show That Was the Week That Was. As part of the team on the show that broke all the rules, Lance did something unknown in TV comedy at the time – improvisation – making-up calypsos on subjects suggested by the studio audience. In 1965-6, he starred in his own BBC comedy sketch series, The Lance Percival Show.

Lance also appeared in films. In The Big Job, he starred with Syd James and Dick Emery as a bank-robbing trio. In the animated Beatles feature Yellow Submarine, he voiced the character Old Fred. He died in January 2015 at the age of 81. (Notes by Alan Field and Mary Payne)

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Agent 00 Soul Alex Harvey Fontana TF 610

Mary Payne:
Alex Harvey's Sixties singles are all highly collectable. Recorded at the Marquee Club, with Steve Winwood (at the time still with the Spencer Davis Group) on piano, Agent OO Soul can fetch 30. (Click right, for information on purchasing the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide.) The spy-themed song was promoted with the assistance of James Bond's Aston Martin! Alex was also a cover star for Radio Scotland's 242 Showbeat Monthly, in July 66.

James Mc Nair's great feature The Troubled Life of a Glasgow Troubadour tells Alex's story from his winning the surprising title of 'Scotland's Tommy Steele' to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and his untimely death in 1982, one day short of his 47th birthday.

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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