for Sunday 9th July 1967

Correct us if we're wrong, Chart Anoraks, but isn't this the only Fab where the #1 and #2 singles remained the same for more than one week? It was Tony Blackburn's final week aboard the Galaxy, and he made it a memorable one, commencing with presenting the Fab Forty and ending with jumping into the sea!

It's a great week for six acts who were members of the Knees Club. At #10 was Butterfly from Unit 4 + 2, at #13 Tremblin' by The Swinging Blue Jeans. When you've 'trembled' for a while, you could be Moanin' (#14) with Chris Farlowe. At #29, Hi Hi Hazel from the Troggs and new in at #36, was Tallyman from Jeff Beck. Ian Damon's climber was David Bowie's Love You Till Tuesday (or at least until a new chart comes out!)

Presented by Tony Blackburn
All You Need Is Love/Baby You're a Rich Man (#) Beatles
Alternate Title Monkees
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) Scott McKenzie
Windy Association
007 Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Let's Pretend Lulu
To Love Somebody Bee Gees
Claire Paul & Barry Ryan
I Was Made To Love Her Stevie Wonder
Butterfly Unit 4 + 2
Annabella John Walker
My World Bachelors
Tremblin' Swinging Blue Jeans
Moanin' Chris Farlowe
Your Love Is Everywhere Jackie Trent
C'mon Marianne Four Seasons
Shadows And Reflections Action
Sound Of Love Five Americans
You Can't Come Home Again P J Proby
You Only Live Twice / Jackson Nancy Sinatra
Cry Softly Lonely One Roy Orbison
Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be? Paul Revere & the Raiders
Up Up And Away Frank Ifield
Light My Fire Doors
Tonight In Tokyo Sandie Shaw
She Shot A Hole In My Soul Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
I Can Make It With You Robb & Dean Douglas
Museum Herman's Hermits
Hi Hi Hazel Troggs
Under My Thumb Who
Mum And Dad Pinkerton's Colours
I Like The Way Simon
Death Of A Clown Dave Davies
Let Yourself Go James Brown & the Famous Flames
Polly Pan Roger Bloom's Hammer
Tallyman Jeff Beck
Morning Dew Tim Rose
Bye Bye Baby Symbols
Reflections Of Charles Brown Rupert's People
Shake, Rattle And Roll Arthur Conley

(#) #1 – The additional credit for Baby You're a Rich Man reflects Brian Long's and Hans Peters' listings.

"Above and below are two photos of Roger Bloom's Hammer as they appeared on their records. The only addition was an acoustic rhythm guitar, Peter A Green (me). I am not shown on the band photo."

Polly Pan Roger Bloom's Hammer CBS 2848

A second Fab Forty appearance from Roger Bloom's Hammer, formerly called The Mods, who had a couple of weeks on the climber list and a chart entry on 9th April 67 with Out of the Blue. The B-sides of both singles were published by the Radlon Sales-associated Pall Mall Music and written by Barry Paterson, Ricky Kemp and Keith Herd. At first, very little info was available about the group or the songwriters and it was not even known if their leader was really called Roger Bloom, until an email arrived from Mike Smith:

"I was cruising your exceptional site when I found mention of Roger Bloom's Hammer and the question of whether there actually was a Roger Bloom. Well, there was. He was about 18 or 19 at the time of the record and lived in a small village, Long Riston (I think), just a little to the north east of Hull with his brother Harvey Brookes Bloom (who also had a band), his mother and father and about a half a million battery-hens (shocking!). Their first record, 'Out of the Blue' (CBS 202654) was the best of the two. I might still have it!"

We were grateful to Mike for the above information, but no more updates about the band arrived until June 2005, when ex-'Hammer' Peter A Green very kindly supplied the band line-up of himself on bass and acoustic rhythm guitar, Roger Bloom (vcls), Mike Brooke (lead), Bob Cranswick (keyboard), Chris Fairbanks (sax), Ian Gray (trumpet) and Peter Mcleod (drms), After these recordings, Roger Bloom and Chris Fairbanks left and were replaced by Darryl Adams and John David Parker and the band changed name to The Hammer.

Peter Green also supplied the three band photos in this feature, although he only appears in the one on the right. He says:

"All tracks were recorded at Sound Techniques in Chelsea. The writers, Barry Paterson, Ricky Kemp and Keith Herd, were not in the band, but worked and ran a small recording studio (Fairview) near Hull at the time. They are the three people on the left of the photo, right. I am on the far right. Rick(y) Kemp went on to join Steeleye Span on bass. I am still in touch with most of the people involved

An interesting fact about this band is how it progressed and got new members and eventually got Rod Temperton on keyboards. Later, the band turned into Heatwave (Boogie Nights, etc) and eventually, Rod wrote Thriller for Michael Jackson, plus many more top hits for US singers."

Yorkshire's Fairview Studio was run from the front room of Keith Herd. Fairview was the name of the house. The full story of the studio and its recordings is here. More about the Harold Shampan/Pall Mall connection with the Roger Bloom recordings, and why they were rerecorded in Chelsea, is on this page.

Aboard the Galaxy this week – or in some cases, in the sea next to the Galaxy!:

July 9th
Lots of 'doubling-up' on shows today. Tony Blackburn took the Breakfast Show shift as well as the Fab Forty and Pete Drummond was on air from 18.00 to 21.00, returning for another stint at midnight.

Tony Brandon, presenting the show following the Fab, admitted to having suffered sunburn to his posterior, which resulted in him having to do the show standing up!

Tony Blackburn announced to his listeners that he was to leave Radio London, but on July 15th, not the 17th, as suggested in the clip on the left.

A memorable day in many ways. The DJs were having as much fun as they could while the dream lasted.

Pete 'Dum Dum' Drummond's Coffee Break was packed with 'star guests'. Chuck Blair had returned to the Galaxy following a 'Holidays With DJs' trip to Spain and a visit to the USA. He dropped in to share his vacation experiences with Big L listeners.

This being the day that Royal Assent was given to the Marine Offences Act, Paul Kaye was the next Coffee Break guest, arriving to hammer home a point about government red tape, by playing The Wireless Telegraphy Act, as sung by the King's College Cambridge Choir. John Peel turned up next, to plug his Perfumed Garden (by now, management santioned) followed swiftly by a visit from Tony Blackburn.

Gene Latter, whose single Little Piece of Leather was Dum Dum's climber for this week, visited the Galaxy, although he did not appear as a Coffee Break guest, which was the norm for visiting musicians.

Intending to literally end his Big L stint with a splash, Tony Blackburn jumped into the sea fully clothed, to entertain visitors aboard the tourist boat Viking Saga. Leaping with him (and also fully clad) was Dave 'Hermione' Hawkins, who one month later drew straws with Russ Tollerfield to decide who would be saddled with the sad task of switching off the Radio London transmitter. Russ drew the short straw.

Tony Blackburn presented the Breakfast Show before leaving the Galaxy for the last time. He chose one of his own singles as his final record.


July 9th
Mark Roman
opened a new housing development near Frinton-on-Sea. As the radio ships were just visible from Frinton, and this was the place for watery wireless fans to go and flash their car headlights from the top of the cliffs at the ships on the horizon, it was appropriate that Mark should give away free passes for boat trips to go out and visit them.

DJ Climbers:    
It's Got To Be A Great Song Tiffanies Tony Blackburn
Ciao Baby Lynne Randell Chuck Blair
Stay With Me Sharon Tandy Tony Brandon
Love You Till Tuesday David Bowie Ian Damon
A Little Piece Of Leather Gene Latter Pete Drummond
I Take What I Want James & Bobby Purify Paul Kaye
Times Were When Studio Six Mike Lennox
My Lady Jet Harris John Peel
Creeque Alley Mamas & Papas Mark Roman
Trying To Forget Jim Reeves Keith Skues
I'll Never Fall In Love Again Tom Jones Ed Stewart
Let It Happen James Carr Willy Walker

It's Got To Be A Great Song Tiffanies Chess CRS 8059

One of many soul records featured on this week's Big L playlist, Tony Blackburn's final climber failed to impress in 1967, but was destined to become popular on the Seventies Northern Soul scene. It's Got To Be A Great Song was a massive Wigan Casino fave, around the 1975 festive season, which accounts for the single now changing hands at £40 or more.

Alan Hardy was surprised to discover that he had an advance promo copy in his collection, stamped with the release date of July 14th, and kindly sent us a scan of his vinyl treasure.

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.

(No unallocated climbers noted by Alan Field this week, but one from Monty)
More Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Disc of the Week:  
Gin House Amen Corner
Album of the Week:  
The Ryans - Two Of A Kind Paul & Barry Ryan

Gin House Amen Corner Deram DM136

The Radio London Club Disc of the Week was titled Gin House Blues on prerelease copies, but on its release (21/07/67) the label title had been abbreviated to Gin House. From Alan's notes of the Fab 40 shows, and from surviving Curzon Street typed lists, the single appears always to have been announced as Gin House, right from its first appearance as Disc of the Week.

According to this feature, the song was originally titled Me and My Gin.

In his undated music paper column on the right, Jonathan King was less than complimentary about the Amen Corner single. He is, however, extremely impressed by To Love Somebody, Morning Dew (both already in the FF) and Soul Set track Tramp.(Click on column to see legible version)

Music press 'thanks' clipping on the left and Jonathan King Column, from the the Luuk Meuwise archive, courtesy of Hans Knot

There are two anomalies in Brian Long's listings for this week. We're mentioning them in this footnote, but are not formally incorporating them into the Fab 40 and climber list:

1) For this week only, Brian has listed Jackie de Shannon's version of Chip Taylor's I Can Make It With You, alongside the (presumably British) version by Robb and Dean Douglas, released on Deram. The latter currently stands at #27 in a four-week run on the Big L playlist. Jackie de Shannon's original version had been issued the previous year and peaked at #38 in the Fab 40 on 25th September 1966, sharing the slot with the cover by the Pozo Seco Singers. Although they shared the slot, it was an improvement on the situation in the US Hot Hundred where Jackie de Shannon's original had only made #68, while the Pozo Seco Singers climbed well above it to #32.

We have decided not to include the Jackie de Shannon version for two reasons. Liberty Records do not appear to have reissued or reactivated it to coincide with the release of the Robb and Dean Douglas cover, and neither Alan Field nor Hans Peters have noted hearing it played as a current Big L Fab Forty track in 1967.

2) Brian Long has an additional climber in his list for this week, Created By Clive by the Attack. This record had been Tony Brandon's climber on 18th June 1967 (along with a second version of the song by the Syn). They had entered the Fab 40 jointly at #34 on 25th June. A return to the climber list by either version after an appearance in the chart two weeks previously, seems highly unlikely. Alan has no note of either version of Created By Clive in this week's playlist.

Ballad Box:
Spanish Harlem Sands Of Time
In The Chapel In The Moonlight Dean Martin
So Sad Steve Rowland
It Must Be Him Vikki Carr
The Olive Tree Judith Durham
You Wanted Someone To Play With Frankie Laine
A Man And A Woman Mike Sammes Singers

The Ballad Box has three additions this week, Dean Martin and Frankie Laine and the Mike Sammes Singers. A Man And A Woman is the theme from the French film (Un homme et une femme) released in 1966.

Tramp and Shake remain in the The Soul Set for the third week running. Robert Plant is the 'soul' new entry and the only non-American.

Soul Set:
Tramp Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
I Feel Like Cryin' Sam & Bill
Baby, Help Me Percy Sledge
Long Time Coming Robert Plant
Shake Otis Redding

The green addition to the climber list indicates information sourced from 'Monty's Diary' (See Fab Forty for 010167)
Alan Field did not hear records sourced from Monty's Diary played or announced as climbers.

This week's Radio 270 'Top Forty' on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is here

Tune in next week for another Field's Fab Forty

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