Radio Caroline Countdown Of Sound
Saturday, March 27, 1967
from 12 noon till 3 pm
on Caroline South




Title Artist  
  1 1 Release Me Engelbert Humperdinck  
  4 2 Edelweiss Vince Hill  
  2 3 Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever Beatles  
  4 4 This Is My Song Petula Clark  
  6 5 This Is My Song Harry Secombe  
  5 6 On A Carousel Hollies  
  7 7 Georgy Girl Seekers  
  19 8 Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear Alan Price Set  
  18 9 I Was Kaiser Bill's Batsman Whistling Jack Smith  
  6 10 There's A Kind Of Hush Herman's Hermits  
  9 11 Detroit City Tom Jones  
  25 12 Puppet on a String Sandie Shaw  
  8 13 Here Comes My Baby Tremeloes  
  13 14 Give It To Me Troggs  
  11 15 Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron Royal Guardsmen  
  16 16 Memories Are Made Of This Val Doonican  
  15 17 I'll Try Anything Dusty Springfield  
  New 18 Somethin' Stupid Frank and Nancy Sinatra  
  21 19 Love Is Here And Now You're Gone Supremes  
  12 20 I'm A Believer Monkees  
  14 21 Peek-a-boo New Vaudeville Band  
  23 22 Al Capone Prince Buster  
  31 23 It's All Over Cliff Richard  
  24 24 Touch Me Touch Me Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich  
  17 25 Mellow Yellow Donovan  
  20 26 It Takes Two Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston  
  26 27 I Can't Make It Small Faces  
  27 28 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Casinos  
  33 29 Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd  
  32 30 Keep It Out Of Sight Paul & Barry Ryan  
  22 31 I Won't Come In While He's There Jim Reeves  
  30 32 Single Girl Sandy Posey  
  40 33 So Good Roy Orbison  
  49 34 You've Got What it Takes Dave Clark Five  
  35 35 Run To The Door Clinton Ford  
  44 36 My Friend Jack Smoke  
  New 37 Hi-Ho Silver Lining Jeff Beck  
  34 38 I've Passed This Way Before Jimmy Ruffin  
  36 39 Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones  
  29 40 Let's Spend The NightTogether Rolling Stones  
  New 41 Soothe Me Sam and Dave  
  New 42 Arnold Layne Pink Floyd  
  New 43 Darlin' Be Home Soon Lovin' Spoonful  
  37 44 Cold Light Of Day Gene Pitney  
  New 45 Is This What I Get For Loving You Marianne Faithfull  
  28 46 Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder Ken Dodd  
  New 47 Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix  
  New 48 Willow Trini Lopez  
  New 49 Happy Together Turtles  
  New 50 Because I Love You Georgie Fame  

  Willow Trini Lopez  

A question mark hangs over this track, as Trini Lopez appears never to have released a single called 'Willow'. Whether the track noted was actually a recording by another artist, or a genuineTrini Lopez single with a different title – perhaps even an acetate that was withdrawn by the record company, as we have seen happen in the Big L Fab Forty – is currently unknown.

A Lopez single by the name of The Bramble Bush is admittedly in keeping with 'tree' connotations, but was not released until June '67.

Radio London was not playing any Lopez releases at the time and after one week, the 'Willow' single disappeared from the Caroline chart. However, two weeks later on April 8th, 'Gonna Get Along Without You Now', which had been released on February 10th, enters at #45. Keith Gunson suggests the following explanation:

"I accept that I may well be barking up the wrong tree on this, or merely just engaging in over-imaginative speculation, but to my ears, when Trini Lopez sings the word "without..." the lilting style in which sings it may have possibly sounded like "willow", particularly if the young person who took note of the chart when it was broadcast was from Europe rather than the UK...."willow" being the nearest translation for brevity when DLT was counting down the songs."

Mishearing the title seems a very likely explanation, especially when that track reappears in the Caroline Countdown a couple of weeks later.

Thanks to Michel Bands, John Bennett, Kees Brinkerink, Keith Gunson and Alan Hardy for their helpful input.

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