for Sunday 16th April 1967
It's the numbers game for this week's Fab Forty, with Seven Drunken Nights at #15, the Four Tops, #16, Four Seasons, #18, New York Mining Disaster 1941, #21. Numerical climbers titles are Count To Ten, One To Seven and Bless my Soul by Studio Six with Three Bells in the Ballad Box.

Presented by Tony Blackburn
Ha! Ha! Said The Clown Manfred Mann
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Monkees
Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings Tom Jones
Hi Ho Silver Lining Jeff Beck
I Can Hear The Grass Grow Move
Birds And Bees Warm Sounds
Travelin' Man Stevie Wonder
Too Many People Bobby Goldsboro
I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun Cat Stevens
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Boat That I Row Lulu
What'll I Do Peddlers
What A Woman In Love Won't Do Sandy Posey
Come Back Girl Jackie Edwards
Seven Drunken Nights Dubliners
Bernadette Four Tops
Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got Jimmy Ruffin
Beggin' Four Seasons
It's Wonderful (To Be In Love) Cash McCall
Jimmy Mack Martha & the Vandellas
New York Mining Disaster 1941 Bee Gees
The Return Of The Red Baron Royal Guardsmen
One To Seven Gates Of Eden
Crystal Ball Guy Darrell / Twice As Much
Sometimes Rockin' Berries
Gonna Fix You Good (Everytime You're Bad) Alan Bown Set
It Ain't Me Babe Davy Jones
Nick Knack Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
A Girl Without A Boy Sheila Southern
Fortune Teller's Friend Jerry Page
I Know You Love Me Not Julie Driscoll
At The Zoo Simon & Garfunkel
Town Of Tuxley Toymaker Billy J Kramer
Yellow Balloon Jan & Dean
Show Me Joe Tex
Don't Go Home (My Little Darlin') Susan Maughan
The Magic Book Gibsons
Bert's Apple Crumble (*) /Love Is A Beautiful Thing Quik
The First Cut Is The Deepest P P Arnold
I Can Fly Herd

The Magic Book Gibsons Deram DM119

Originally a trio, the Gibsons had enjoyed success in Australia for some time, as the Cicadas. Emulating aother very well-know band of 'insects' these Aussie invertebrates had stormed the charts in both Brisbane and Sydney with a cheeky 'yeh yeh yeh' version of That's What I Want (the Marauders' UK success, written by Carter-Lewis). The band arrived in the UK in 1964, changed name to The Gibsons and signed with Philip Solomon to his Major Minor label, although only the three singles issued after Magic Book were released on Major Minor. The name came from Gibson guitars.
John Bromell, Geoff Dart and John Kaye were joined by Paul Stevens to record Magic Book, penned by Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, the renowned songwriters who recorded hits of their own as David and Jonathan. The song was covered by other artists, including Marc Reid and Peter's Pipers.
Not surprisingly for a group managed by Phil Solomon, the single appeared in the Caroline chart of 08/04/67. It became very familiar to Caroline listeners when used as a backing in promotions for John Venmore-Rowland's book Radio Caroline.
After failing to ignite the UK charts with this or subsequent releases, the Gibsons returned to Australia in 1970 and although the band split, all the members continued to work within the music business. More info here.
DJ Climbers:
Little Games Yardbirds Tony Blackburn
Peanuts And Chewy Macs Cymbaline Chuck Blair
Pictures Of Lily Who Tony Brandon
Girl I Need You Artistics Pete Drummond
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) Aretha Franklin Paul Kaye
Silence Is Golden Tremeloes Lorne King
Let's Live For Today Living Daylights John Peel
Get Me To The World On Time Electric Prunes Mark Roman
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon Neil Diamond Keith Skues
Western Union Searchers/Five Americans Ed Stewart

As reported last week, on April 15th and 16th, Jonathan King had made on-air appearances on Radio London, playing new records he had acquired on a trip to America.

Could this appearance be related to the large proportion of US singles chosen as this week's climbers? The Artistics, Aretha Franklin, Electric Prunes, Five Americans, Neil Diamond, Sam the Sham and The Happenings had all featured recently in the US Hot Hundred. Many US acts also enhanced the Ballad Box and Soul Set.

The Artistics only reached the HH lower end at #69, but climbed to #26 on the separate R & B chart, the Electric Prunes peaked at #27, Aretha, #9, the Five Americans, #5 (their biggest hit), Neil Diamond, #10, Sam the Sham, #54 and the Happenings, #3.

Of those seven singles the only two to reach the UK Nationals were the Prunes, #42, and the Happenings, #28. Amazingly, Neil Diamond failed to crack the British Nationals till 1970.

Girl I Need You Artistics Coral Q 72492

The Artistics were an R & B vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1958. Discovered by Major Lance, while still in High School, they sang backing on his 1963 Top Ten hit, Monkey Time. The group underwent several personnel changes, but the line-up for Girl I Need You, is believed to have been Tommy Green, Larry Johnson, Jessie Bolian and Aaron Floyd. The Artistics split up in 1973.

Western Union Five Americans Stateside SS2012

Western Union, became a US hit thanks to Jimmy Rabbitt, National Promotions Director for the Texas-based Abnak record label. Jimmy had previously been Music Director of Big Lil's Dallas cousin, KLIF. The story of how Abnak sued KLIF for failing to promote one of the Five Americans' singles is featured on the Fab Forty for June 4th, 1967.

Aboard the Galaxy this week

April 16th
The King George and the Harlem Kiddies
tour was at the Ricky Tick Club, Newbury. On the 21st, it played the Nautilus Club, Lowestoft, followed by the Rhodes Centre Bishop's Stortford on the 22nd.

April 21st
Cuddly Ken
's replacement, Tony 'Bird Brain' Brandon introduces his first Big L show and lands a great first climber – the Who's Pictures of Lily. Tony was fresh from a year on Radio Luxembourg and a brief spell on Radio City.


April 22nd
Mark Roman compered a Big L show at the Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, introducing the Symbols and Knees Club favourites, the Knack.

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.

Oh! That's Bad; No That's Good Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Bless My Soul (I've Been And Gone And Done It) Studio Six
Mama Come On Home Tony Kingston
Count To Ten Wishful Thinking
The Laughing Gnome David Bowie
Say You Don't Mind Denny Laine
Rhyme Boy, Rhyme Roulettes
Maroc 7/Bombay Duck Shadows
Time Will Tell West Point Supernatural
I'm Under The Influence Of Love Felice Taylor (**)
Can't Stop Now Marmalade
The Happening Supremes
Disc of the Week:  
I Got Rhythm Happenings
Album of the Week:  
All Strung Out Nino Tempo & April Stevens

Count To Ten Wishful Thinking Decca F12598

Wishful Thinking had already appeared twice on the Big L playlist. Turning Around, (Turning Around on the label, but sometimes listed as 'Turning Round' ) was John Edward's climber in the week of 26th June '66, but never made the Fab. Step by Step scraped into the Fab at joint #40 on October 9th '66. Both of these singles were recorded by the band's first line-up of Roy Daniels (vcls), Terry New (lead gtr), Roger Charles (bass) and Brian Allen (or Allender) (drms).

Kevin Scott (b Finn) then took over from Daniels as lead singer. His stage name Scott had been adopted when he led Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen in the early Sixties. Count To Ten was the first of two singles recorded by this 1967 line-up. Count To Ten, which failed to climb out of the climbers, was written by the partnership of Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett, who had received the honour of being the first British songwriters to have their compositions recorded by Elvis. Fletcher and Flett also gave Cliff Richard a #4 hit plus a #3 placing in the 1973 the Eurovision Song Contest, with Power To All Our Friends.

All three of these Wishful Thinking singles were produced by Decca 'A & R' man and former Shadow, Tony Meehan. Renowned drummer Mitch Mitchell is reputed to have played on Count to Ten although the author of Mitch's tribute site believes that if he did indeed feature on this Wishful Thinking single, it must have been recorded some time earlier, as by this time he was fully committed to the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Sadly, despite having so much going for it, Count To Ten fared no better than the group's other singles, either in the Fab or nationally.

Later in '67, John Franklin replaced Terry New on lead guitar, and in 1969, Tony Collier took Roger Charles' place as bass player. The line-up of John Franklin, Tony Collier, Kevin Scott and Brian Allen (drums) was the one that recorded the Hiroshima album in 1970. The eponymous song from it became a huge hit when issued as a single in Germany. Every song on the Hiroshima album, bar one, was written by Dave Morgan, (now known as Dave Scott-Morgan) an accomplished songwriter who enhanced numerous Sixties and Seventies bands, including the Uglys. The Move recorded two of Dave's songs, Something and This Time Tomorrow, as 1968 'B' sides. Dave is well-known for his musicianship with the Electric Light Orchestra between August 1981 to September 1986.

From 1976 to 1978 Kevin Scott (now calling himself Danny Finn) was a member of the New Seekers. In 1978 he married fellow Seeker Eve Graham and they left the band to work as a duo.

In 1979, Finn another became lead singer with the group Prima Donna. Their performance of Love Enough For Two brought the UK a #3 position in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest. Finn's fellow Prima Donna members included two of Paul McCartney's cousins Kate and Jane Robbins and Lance Aston.

The following is a quote from Wishful Thinking member Tony Collier. It is an extract from a very interesting feature which Tony wrote and appears on As will be revealed, Tony can claim a very early offshore connection!

My first recollections of starting to play in a group were when I was about 15 years old. It was at school, and 4 or 5 of us decided to form a skiffle group because the Lonnie Donegan group were becoming popular. We came up with an original name, "The Bronnie Onegan group". Honest, it's true! I played washboard, which eventually became drums. Actually, that should read 'drum', because I only had a snare, one brush and one stick. Our first gig was the school concert. I particularly remember that because we painted moustaches and sideburns on our faces to make us look older. What prats!! It must have been really crap.

This was about the time that we formed the Five Strangers. I think that was when the band was comprised of myself, 'Fred Funnel', Brian Fisher, Roy Bridle and Bill Yaldren. We did some great gigs at that time. One of the best was the Saturday morning "Gaumont Show", but I have to say that all of the gigs were good. Our good friend Len Canham was managing us throughout the early years. I also recall working for the great rival of Len. His name was Reg Calvert. I think, deep down that it was friendly rivalry. Some of Reg's acts were good. Remember Danny Storm, Buddy Britain?

In '69, I joined Wishful Thinking. Wishful was comprised of myself, John Franklin, Kevin Finn (remember Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen?) and Brian Allender. Now that was a great vocal band! We had loads of singles and a couple of albums, but no hits in England. We did have a monster hit with a song called Hiroshima in Germany. At the time, it was the second biggest seller ever over there. We did a short tour to promote the single which was terrific.... The tour, not the record!... In hindsight, we should have stayed over there for a long time, because the band was really popular, but because of bad management, we came back and didn't push the band. Brian left after a while and a great drummer called Pete Ridley joined. I think that Pete is working in America now. I haven't had any contact since we split from Wishful, so if anyone knows where he is, let me have his address please. Apart from touring Britain extensively, we were always touring Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where the band was a huge success.

Tony's last statement about regular tours in Scandinavia might be the cause of one website erroneously describing the group as 'Scandinavian'!

Ballad Box:
The Three Bells Jane Morgan
Music To Watch Girls By Andy Williams
Almost Persuaded Crispian St Peters
You Win Again Ray Charles
It Must Be Him Vikki Carr

Soul Set:
Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd
Wrecking My Love Life Bo Diddley
Let The Birds Sing Carl Douglas & the Big Stampede
I Call You Lover But You Ain't Nothin' But A Tramp Margie Hendrix
Sugar Joyce Bond
Let Me Come On Home Otis Redding
Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby Sam & Dave
Soothe Me Sam & Dave
Hip Hug Her Booker T & the MGs
Do I Move You? Nina Simone

Green additions to the climbers indicate singles sourced from 'Monty's Diary'. (See Fab Forty for 010167). The Shadows' record continues to be listed as a double-sided climber, as per the previous week. This time, however, only Maroc 7 features on Brian Long's Curzon Street list, while Monty has only noted hearing the B side Bombay Duck.

The blue additions indicate singles listed in Brian Long's book 'The London Sound' based on information typed in the Curzon Street offices or other sources.
Mauve additions to the climbers were kindly contributed by Hans Evers
Alan Field did not hear the records listed in green,
blue or mauve played or announced as climbers.

(*) In its second week in the chart, both sides of the Quik record are listed, but with emphasis on 'Bert's Apple Crumble' according to both Brian Long's and Hans Peters' lists.

(**) Wolfgang Buchholz confirms Brian's listing of the Felice Taylor record which, rather strangely, doesn't enter the chart until four weeks later on 14th May 1967.

The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here

Tune in next week for another Field's Fab Forty