for Sunday 17th July 1966

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Presented by Ed Stewart
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I Couldn't Live Without Your Love Petula Clark
3
2
Out Of Time Chris Farlowe
4
3
Black Is Black Los Bravos
12
4
Going Back Dusty Springfield
9
5
You Gave Me Somebody To Love Manfred Mann / Fortunes
11
6
A House In The Country Pretty Things
13
7
Love Letters Elvis Presley
22
8
(Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me Walker Brothers
1
9
Get Away Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
32
10
With A Girl Like You Troggs
19
11
Oops Neil Christian
10
12
This Door Swings Both Ways Herman's Hermits
5
13
The More I See You Chris Montez
20
14
Midnight Mary Rockin' Berries
28
15
Mama Dave Berry
24
16
I Love How You Love Me Paul & Barry Ryan
36
17
Hi-Lili Hi-Lo Alan Price Set
34
18
No 1 In Your Heart Herbie Goins & the Night-Timers
35
19
Counting Marianne Faithfull
29
20
Lil' Red Riding Hood Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
27
21
Something's Going On In There Behind My Back Dick Jordan
29
22
Summer In The City Lovin' Spoonful
23
Visions Cliff Richard
24
Hanky Panky Tommy James & the Shondells
7
25
Bus Stop Hollies
17
26
Nothing In The World Geneveve
38
27
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever Four Tops
37
28
Don't Come Running To Me Madeline Bell
29
When The Sun Comes Out Force West
15
30
No One Will Ever Know Frank Ifield
31
Barefootin' Robert Parker
40
32
How Long Is Time? Odyssey
18
32
Lovers Of The World Unite David & Jonathan
33
Hi Hi Hazel Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
34
It's So Hard Honeycombs
35
Green Light Tony Blackburn
36
The Man Who Took The Valise Off The Floor Of Grand Central Station At Noon She Trinity
37
It's An Uphill Climb To The Bottom Sharon Tandy
38
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water Johnny Rivers
39
Little Girl Syndicate Of Sound
40
High On Love Knickerbockers

37
It's An Uphill Climb To The Bottom Sharon Tandy Polydor NH 58103

South African singer Sharon Tandy's recording of It's An Uphill Climb To The Bottom was scheduled for release on the Polydor label, but withdrawn for unknown reasons. There were a few test pressings, however, and one of them made its way out to the Galaxy. Rather bizarrely, the record company allowed the single to spend three weeks in the bottom five of the Fab Forty before deciding to withdraw it. After this decision, the test pressing is quite likely to have been thrown overboard to join other rejected releases in a watery vinyl graveyard.

It certainly was an 'uphill climb' to unearth any information about this Fab Forty entry and initially, it proved almost impossible to verify that the recording ever existed. The single's withdrawal by Polydor ensured that it was excluded from the weekly UK release sheets of the era, issued by Francis Antony. An invaluable source for tracking down obscure tracks from the Big L playlist, Francis Antony listed no Sharon Tandy single releases between February 1966 and February 1967. Nor was It's An Uphill Climb... listed in the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide, which often includes withdrawn singles because their rarity status commands high prices. With two major research resources drawing a blank and no information to be found on the internet, it was difficult to know where to look next.

Our friends at Oldies Project who were naturally hopeful of including the track in their Fab Forty programmes, asked the webmaster of a South African website dedicated to Sharon Tandy, for information about the mysterious recording, but he had no knowledge of it. It is rumoured that the singer herself does not even recall recording the song.

Finally however, Brian Long, the author of The London Sound, managed to find the recording referenced in a discography published in Record Collector magazine issue #296, dated April 2004 (clip above, left). The 'B' side is catalogued as Don't Be Proud. No suggested valuation was given in the feature and the single has not subsequently been added to the Sharon Tandy entry in the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide.

It's An Uphill Climb... was penned by Fangette Willett who had a contract with New York publisher Metric Music. Walter Jackson's version of the song had entered the US Hot Hundred on June 4th, 1966, where it peaked at #88. Seeing as it was issued in the UK on July 1st and we so frequently see two recordings of the same song climbing the Fab Forty in tandem, this begs the question why the Sharon Tandy version was chosen for the Big L playlist over Jackson's US chart entry.

Having proved that the Sharon Tandy single existed, it was another matter to track down a copy. The Oldies Project team had been searching for some time for this elusive recording, which was one of very few that were missing from their collection encompassing the entire Radio London playlist. It took several years of searching, but in April 2010, Kees Brinkerink the producer of Oldies Project's Forty Years Ago, spotted a copy of It's An Uphill Climb... on eBay and managed to place the winning bid.

Kees said, "I was astonished to see it offered. The condition of this test pressing is far from mint but it will certainly be usable in any future Oldies Project Fab Forty broadcast. I paid quite a lot for it, but I just had to have it."

On July 20th, poor Keith Skues was rushed ashore and taken to Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital. He was in great pain, caused by suspected appendicitis. Unfortunately, due to complications, he had to endure a six-week wait before he could have his cardboard appendix removed.

Besides climbers that were played at the time of the broadcast of the Sunday Fab Forty, Alan kept a note of others he heard later in the week and incorporated them into his list.

DJ Climbers:    
The Moment Of Truth Three Good Reasons Tony Blackburn
More Than Love Ken Dodd Chris Denning
Pack Up Your Sorrows Joan Baez Dave Dennis
Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail) Little Richard Kenny Everett
La Bamba Trini Lopez Duncan Johnson
Warm And Tender Love Percy Sledge Paul Kaye
Just A Little Bit Of You Dallas Frazier Mike Lennox
I Saw Her Again Mamas & Papas Mark Roman
See Me Cry Bobby Shafto Keith Skues
I Want You Bob Dylan Ed Stewart
Give Me Your Word Billy Fury Norman St John
God Only Knows Beach Boys Tony Windsor



Just A Little Bit Of You Dallas Frazier Capitol CL 15457

Dallas Frazier may not have been a name familiar to Big L listeners, but he was and is a very successful songwriter.

Dallas either wrote, or co-wrote with producer Kim Fowley (information on this varies) the novelty song Alley Oop. Issued for contractual reasons under the name of The Hollywood Argyles, the single was a huge hit on both sides of the pond, becoming a US #1 and a UK #24 in July 1960. The song was covered by many groups, including the Beach Boys, Brian Poole And The Tremeloes and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

In 1965, Charlie Rich scored a Hot Hundred smash with another of Dallas's songs, Mohair Sam, and later both Engelbert Humperdink (1967) and Elvis Presley (1971) reaped the massive benefits of recording There Goes My Everything.

Dallas always found greater success as a songwriter than as a singer. According to Brian Long's book The London Sound, Dallas Frazier's first UK release, Elvira, a minor US chart entry (#72), had been a climber in the Fab for May 29th 1966. As Alan Field did not note having heard the disc as a climber that week, it is quite possible it had been scheduled to be one, but for some reason the single never made it out to the Galaxy. Such anomalies between Fab listings typed in Curzon Street and what actually made it to air, were quite common. (See Brian's notes on the subject.) Whether or not the disc was actually played on Radio London, Elvira, like Just A Little Bit Of You, also failed to migrate from the climbers to the chart. Fifteen years later, however, Elvira was riding high in the Hot Hundred, winning the Oak Ridge Boys a gold disc.

Hugely-respected in the world of country music, with his songs being recorded by the likes of Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride and Merle Haggard, Dallas has been honoured with an entry in the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com. In 1988, he retired from songwriting to pursue a religious calling.

A Hollywood Argyles album containing Alley Oop (Lute 101) is now so collectable that prices as high as $1,750 have been asked for it on the Net! The album cover shot of the band is extremely surreal, with photographs of the heads of most of the members apparently having been pasted on to the bodies of a bunch of completely different men, dressed in shiny gold suits! Possibly, this very strange move was necessitated by the contractual problems with record companies.

At that sort of asking price, (higher than much of the Beatles' collectable material) you can't help wondering if the vendor is ever going to be able to grin from ear-to-ear as he counts a huge pile of dollar bills, and thinks, "Look at that cave man go".

Climbers:  
Half A Picture Daemon Dee
Sh-Boom Sh-Boom Diane Ferraz & Nicky Scott
I Feel Something In The Air Cher
Adam's Apple Peddlers
Doctor Love Bobby Sheen
Tell Her I'm Not Home Ike & Tina Turner
Not A One Girl Guy Barry Benson
If You Were Mine, Mary Eddy Arnold
Joint Disc of the Week:  
Just Like A Woman Jonathan King
Just Like A Woman Manfred Mann
Album of the Week (courtesy of Brian Long):  
Yardbirds Yardbirds


The red additions to the climbers indicate singles listed in Brian Long's book 'The London Sound' based on information typed in the Curzon Street offices or other sources.
Alan Field did not hear them played or announced as climbers.


The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here
This week's Radio City 'City Sixty' on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here

Tune in next week for another Field's Fab Forty!


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