for Sunday 19th February 1967
Alan: "So, here's the chart for 19th February 1967. And what's this? A record actually staying at number 1 for a second week! Well it is by the Beatles. Out of all the Field's Fab Forties on the website, dating back to 1st May 1966, only one other record has done that so far, and that was also by the Fab Four, in August '66."
The street sign photographed in 2009.
They regularly have to be replaced when they are stolen by fans.

The heavily-graffitied gates to
Strawberry Field, 2009

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Plenty of Motown connections in this week's Fab Forty, with I've Passed This Way Before by Jimmy Ruffin at #7, He Was Really Saying Something by The Velvelettes #39, while Mark Roman's climber was Pucker Up Buttercup by Junior Walker and the All Stars and a fellow climber was the Supremes' Love Is Here and Now You're Gone.

At #26 was Baby I Need Your Lovin' written by Holland/Dozier/Holland, and Norman St John's climber was by Kiki Dee, who became the first white English singer to be signed to the Motown label. This is all very appropriate, as February 19th just happens to be Smokey Robinson's birthday."

Presented by Ed Stewart
Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever Beatles
Release Me Engelbert Humperdinck
Give It To Me Troggs
Mellow Yellow Donovan
There's A Kind Of Hush Herman's Hermits
On A Carousel Hollies
I've Passed This Way Before Jimmy Ruffin
Detroit City Tom Jones
Yo-Yo Billy Joe Royal
Lovin' You Bobby Darin
Indescribably Blue Elvis Presley
The Beat Goes On Sonny & Cher
This Is My Song Petula Clark
Get Down With It Little Richard
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Casinos
Niki Hoeky P J Proby
I Won't Come In While He's There Jim Reeves
Georgy Girl Seekers
Is This What I Get For Loving You? Marianne Faithfull
Stay With Me Baby Walker Brothers
You Got To Me Neil Diamond
Here Comes My Baby Tremeloes
(In The) Cold Light Of Day Gene Pitney
Wish You Didn't Have To Go James & Bobby Purify
I'll Try Anything Dusty Springfield
Baby I Need Your Lovin' Johnny Rivers
Love, Hate, Revenge Episode Six
Bring Him Back Stella Starr
Peculiar Situation Young Idea
Over The Wall We Go Oscar
Keep It Out Of Sight Paul & Barry Ryan
I've Been Lonely Too Long Young Rascals
Just What You Want - Just What You'll Get John's Children
Run For Shelter Lesley Dawson
Pushin' Too Hard Seeds
So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star Byrds
Just Like A Man Emma Rede
You Look Good Together Bats
He Was Really Saying Something Velvelettes
Go Where You Wanna Go 5th Dimension

Mellow Yellow Donovan Pye 7N 17267

Theories abound, concerning the strange lyrics of Mellow Yellow. One is that, having been recorded at a time when some individuals would do almost anything to get high, the song concerned an unfounded rumour that it was possible to achieve this state for free, by smoking rolled-up banana skins. Another, which sounds more plausible when you consider the lines about electrical bananas, suggests that the song concerns a vibrating device. Take your pick!

You Look Good Together Bats Decca F22568

Another entry for the Bats, Jim Dunning (ld gtr), Barry Jarman (gtr), Paul Ditchfield (bs) and Eddie Eckstein (drms), who had previously been in the 1966 Christmas Fab.

Aboard the Galaxy this week

Saturday, Feb 25th 1967 brought the Keith Skues and Kenny Everett Show, aka Radio Skuesreel, a Big L collaboration which encompassed the sort of lunacy previously perpetrated by Kenny and Cash. Listeners hoped shows from this new partnership were going to be a regular feature. Star of the occasion was the 'William To-Hell overture in A, B, C and D flat'. The 'overture', consisted of a collection of disparate (or should that read 'desperate'?) recordings of the William Tell Overture, which Kenny had edited together to produce something that undoubtedly had Rossini revolving in his grave at 45rpm. William To-Hell had first appeared on the Kenny and Cash Show of August 16th 1965, when the audience learned that the recording featured the Radio London two-hundred-and-sixty-six piece Philharmonic Orchestra, with Madame 'Paula' Kay, Pete 'Fingers' Brady, Tony 'Swingle' Windsor and Ed 'Strings' Stewart.

The two pranksters also forewarned listeners that they had doctored a cartridge to substitute strange sound effects for the regular news blips, in order to try and trip up Norman St John. When he arrived to read the bulletin, several million people knew what was about happen - apart from the man himself! Norman coped with the prank extremely professionally, receiving cheers and applause from Ken and Keith as he concluded the news by saying, "in all probability there will be another news bulletin in one hour's time". Norman survived the ordeal, which he denies was instrumental in his departure from the station two days later!

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:    
Girls Are Out To Get You Fascinations Tony Blackburn
Sock It To Me Baby! Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels Chuck Blair
All About Love Garnet Mimms Pete Drummond
Supermarket Full Of Cans Eyes Of Blue Kenny Everett
I Wish You Could Be Here Cyrkle Paul Kaye
I've Found A Love David Garrick Lorne King
Pucker Up Buttercup Junior Walker & the All Stars Mark Roman
California Nights Lesley Gore Keith Skues
One Little Voice Lois Lane Ed Stewart
I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In) Kiki Dee Norman St John

I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In) Kiki Dee Fontana TF 792

An appropriate title for Norman St John's next-to-last Big L climber. Norm's climber from last week Wish You Didn't Have to Go seems to have set a leaving theme. I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In) was the seventh single of eleven released on Fontana by Kiki Dee (b Pauline Matthews). Kiki's twelfth release found her achieving the honour of becoming the first white English singer to be signed to Motown, but unfortunately, this still did not bring Kiki the success she deserved. Bigger hits were to follow, however, after she joined Elton John's Rocket label in the Seventies. Kiki's Official Website.
One Little Voice Lois Lane RCA 1570

Lois Lane began life as Lois Ann Wilkinson in Sleaford, Lincs. She teamed up with Andrea Simpson to record You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry (as the Caravelles), which became a Top Ten hit in both the UK (#6) and USA (#3) in 1963. The duo was unfortunately unable to repeat this success and eventually, Lois left to launch a solo career. She was often heard singing live on the BBC Light Programme.

Keith Skues had intended to play a taped interview with Lois on the Coffee Break of February 21st, 1967, to tie in with her latest release, but had to abandon both the interview and the turntables while the Galaxy was lashed by gales.

In May '67, Lois would be named as part of the team that would be representing the UK in the 1967 at the Belgian annual Knokke European Cup song contest. The UK fared well in song contests in 1967. Not only did Puppet on a String win Eurovision, but Gerry Marsden led the British to victory in Knokke. Gerry's winning team consisted of singers who also happened to be Fab Forty artists; besides Lois Lane, there was Dodie West, Roger Whittaker and Oscar (Paul Nicholas) who this week holds the #30 slot in the Fab Forty. It was the second year running that the UK had triumphed in Knokke.

This NME report from the John Bennett archive hints at problems of 'bickering in the ranks', but cites Roger Whittaker's performance as the winning ingredient.

Supermarket Full Of Cans Eyes Of Blue Deram DM 114

The Eyes Of Blue were from Wales, evolving during the mid-sixties from two outfits called The Mustangs and the Smokestacks to form a line-up of Wyndham Rees vcls, Ray 'Taff' Williams, gtr, Ritchie Francis, bass, Phil Ryan, keybds, and Gary Pickford-Hopkins, vcls, plus John 'Pugwash' Weathers, a drummer from the Brothers Grimm.

In 1966, Eyes Of Blue beat off strong competition to become champions of the national Melody Maker Battle of the Bands, winning a cash prize, a keyboard and a one-year Decca recording contract. Two singles were subsequently issued on Deram.

When Heart Trouble/Up And Down (Deram DM 106) came out in late '66, Up And Down was the side being played on Radio London, reaching #24 on November 20th. Supermarket Full Of Cans was retained as a Big L climber for one more week, but unfortunately failed to make the Fab Forty.

The band split in 1970, after the release of three singles and two albums, going back to their roots to play their farewell gig at the Gwyn Hall in Neath.

Supermarket Full Of Cans was released on a compilation called The Mod Scene (Decca 844 549-2) in 1999.

As the Man website said, "The fortunes of Phil Ryan, John Weathers, Taff Williams and Gary Pickford-Hopkins can be followed through incarnations of Man and other acts from the Man family tree."

I Wish You Could Be Here Cyrkle CBS 202577

This was the Cyrkle's 4th chart entry in the US Hot Hundred, but I Wish You Could Be Here, reached no higher than #70. Like Supermarket Full of Cans, the single was a DJ pick, then retained on the climber list for a second week, but it failed to enter the Fab Forty. Cyrkle's previous climber of December 18th, Please Don't Ever Leave Me, also missed out on the Big L chart.

Humming Bird Herbie's People
Darling Be Home Soon Lovin' Spoonful
I'm Gonna Be Somebody Someday King George
Reservations Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
Happy Together Turtles/Graham Bonney (*)
Cousin Jane Barry Benson
Love Is Here And Now You're Gone Supremes
Shingaling '67 Don Covay
Come On Down (From The Top Of That Hill) Jackie de Shannon
I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman Whistling Jack Smith
Love Makes Sweet Music Soft Machine (*)
I Won't Be There Equals (*)
Green Plant Tokens
I Dig You Baby Jerry Butler
Never Ever Action (*)
Always On My Mind Settlers
Cat In A Tree Jimmy Smith
What'll I Do Peddlers
Disc of the Week:  
Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear/Tickle Me Alan Price Set
Album of the Week:  
Born A Woman Sandy Posey

Setting back the cause of Women's Lib
about 50 years?

Alan notices:

Nearly half of the people who write about this song on their websites, Brian Long, and even Old Gold records who included the track on a CD, refer to it as "Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear" which is the title gievn by writer Randy Newman. However, according to Guinness Hit Singles, Tony Jasper's chart book and the WMCA US charts on the net, the official Alan Price title is Simon Smith And HIS Amazing Dancing Bear (a line which Price doesn't actually sing in precisely that form on the record). However, it appears that only on the USA and Swedish releases was the song titled Simon Smith And HIS Amazing Dancing Bear.

What'll I Do debuts here 5 weeks before the record was the upcoming release that was picked as Ed Stewart's climber on March 26th

He also remarks wryly of the Album of the Week and its title track:

I wonder if Sandy Posey knows that, when it was released, Born A Woman (her first hit) may have set the Women's Lib cause back about 50 years!

Webmaster note: The Music Master Directory of Popular Music and Record Collector Price Guide both concur that the title of Randy Newman's song is indeed Simon Smith And HIS Amazing Dancing Bear.

Humming Bird Herbie's People CBS 202584

The members of the band from Bilston, near Wolverhampton, who joined the Knees Club on April 9th 1966 at the Marquee, were lead vocalist Herbie (real name Danny) Robinson (#175), Alan Lacey, drms, (#176) and Len Beddow, ld gtr, vcls(#177). They would have been promoting their second single One Little Smile which was officially on the Big L playlist as a climber for just one week, beginning March 27th, 1966. Absent that day were Mick Taylor, gtr, vcls and Pete Walton, bs, vcls.

Bill Bates, who signed-up as member #174, was their manager. Bill had chanced upon the group (originally called Danny Cannon and the Ramrods) when they were practising at the local Toc-H club – a venue they shared with The N'Betweens (see Fab 4th Dec '66) – and was impressed by their sound. Humming Bird was penned by Bill, who had written the 1962 Top Twenty hit Will I What? for Mike Sarne and Wendy Richards.

Bill's brother-in-law was songwriter Ken Lewis, and Herbie's People had recorded the Carter/Lewis song Semi-Detached Suburban Mr Jones for release as their third single. It was pressed and ready for despatch when the record company withdrew it , because Manfred Mann had decided to record the song as Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James. The Manfreds were to take it to #1 in the Fab and #2 in the Nationals. Sadly, Humming Bird did not match that success.

Read a full feature about Herbie's People contributed by band member Michael Taylor.

The blue 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. The symbol (*) indicates additional information from personal listings, courtesy of Wolfgang Buchholz.
In this instance Wolfgang confirms Brian's listing of the records by Soft Machine, Equals, Action and Graham Bonney.

Hans Evers has confirmed that the new Alan Price release picked as the Radio London Club Disc of the Week was promoted as a double A-side
He also confirms Monty's listing of the Peddlers' 'What'll I Do' as a climber this week.

Green additions to the climbers indicate singles sourced from 'Monty's Diary'. (See Fab Forty for 010167).
Alan Field did not hear the records listed in
blue or green played or announced as climbers.

The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here
This week's Radio 270 Top 40 on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here

Tune in next week for another Field's Fab Forty