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Bad Records - Kenny Everett's First Bottom 30
The first bottom thirty was played by Kenny Everett on Capital radio on 14th May 1977.
Forty years later there's only one left that I need to find.
30
The Puppet Song
Decca
Hughie Green was well known for presenting Opportunity Knocks on British television. The show launched many famous careers in the 60s.
Hughie Green
F 11317
29
Hey Little Girl
United Artists
Ray Sharpe is mostly known for "Linda Lu" which made #46 in the US in 1959. Don't believe the track notes on the CD "Linda Lu" that says it was never released.
Ray Sharpe
UP 1032
28
My Feet Start Tappin‘
Hallmark
This track is only really available on Kenny Everett's World's Worst Radio Show LP. It is thought Adolf Babel (alt spelling) wrote the song rather than being the artist.
Adolph Babel
unknown
27
Made You
Embassy
Embassy was Woolworth's record label creating cheaper versions of hits. Made You was by Adam Faith (see "Beat Girl" soundtrack and Shirley Ann Field!)
Don Duke
WB 402
26
Goin‘ Out Of My Head
Columbia
Kenny played this as part of "Live at the Talk of The Town" LP but the single from it was also released. There are lots of Spanish LPs by Raphael.
Raphael
DB 8471
25
Revelation
United Artists (US)
The bottom 30 features several tracks with a religious undertone. This is one of those.
Daniel
UA XW751
24
My Girl
RCA
This is actually the B-side of Makin' Love which was a Top 10 hit in the UK.
Floyd Robinson
RCA 1146
23
The Shifting Whispering Sands
Parlophone
Eamonn Andrews was well known as a TV sports commentator. The record made UK #18 in 1956 and was once a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Eamonn Andrews
R 4106
22
Kinky Boots
Decca
Patrick and Honor are well known. They appeared together on the original Avengers in 1960s. When re-released the record made #5 in 1990.
Patrick Mac Nee / Honor Blackman
F 11483
21
Dottie
Decca
Micky Most was better known as a record producer. This track with Alex Murray, from 1958, was B-side of Don't Go Home, one of his early efforts.
Most Brothers
F 11040
20
Cherry Pie
Decca
Featured on "Jess For You" (released on CD in 2006), Jess has the misfortune to have three records in the bottom 30. This single made #39 in the UK!
Jess Conrad
F 11236
19
The Big Architect
Spark
Duncan Johnson was a DJ. Following the original Bottom 30, broadcast on Capital Radio London, he promptly played one of Kenny's records.
Duncan Johnson
SRL 1002
18
I‘m Going To Spain
Bradleys
Steve Bent appeared on New Faces. A cover of this track appears by The Fall on "The Infotainment Scan" (2006).
Steve Bent
BRAD 7607
17
The Mechanical Man
MGM (US)
Terrible record coming from the US. I actually found three copies of this record in a basement record store in central Manchester.
Bent Bolt & The Nuts
K 13635
16
Let‘s Get Together
Decca
The song comes from the original version of "Parent Trap" so is available on various Disney CDs. Hayley Mills was featured as the two children.
Hayley Mills
F 21396
15
Surfin‘ Bird
Stateside
The Trashmen had several hits in the US and this made the Billboard top 5.
The Trashmen
SS 255
14
Auschwitz / 29 Settembre
Major Minor
Originally Kenny wanted to play the A-side but was forced to play the B-side. The track is also on an EP. The group come from Italy, hence the spelling of September.
Equipe 84
MM 517
13
Why Am I Living
Decca
Another gem from Jess. Jess was a tall actor who featured in several films in the 60s.
Jess Conrad
F 11348
12
Runk Bunk
Top Rank
Adam Faith had many hits on Parlophone. However this track was released before his chart run on Top Rank, so does not turn up on CDs featuring his hits and misses.
Adam Faith
JAR 126
11
The Drunken Driver
Capitol
A country-style sad song. Ferlin Husky had many country hits in the US. Note that some CDs have a remade version of this song.
Ferlin Husky
CL 14883
10
I Get So Lonely
Polydor (Germnay)
This track comes from Germany and is listed on the single as featuring the "The Somebodies"
Tanya Day
52 331
09
A Lover‘s Concerto
Capitol
Released as a single it is also one of many terrible tracks on the CD "Wild, Cool and Swingin'" If you find this CD play "Downtown" as well.
Mrs Miller
CL 15444
08
Laurie (Strange Things Happen)
Stateside
This was on of his hits in the US and features on "Dickey Lee's Greatest Hits" CD.
Dickey Lee
SS 433
07
Spinnin‘ Wheel
Upsetter
Actually Melanie Jones and Dave Barker, this has now become a highly sought after reggae record. The B-side had a version by the Upsetters. Upsetters is a reggae label part of Trojan clan.
Mel & Dave
US 330
06
This Pullover
Decca
Clearly Jess's best (or is that worst) track. There is even a CD entitled "Golden Boy Of The Sixties" which has this on it.
Jess Conrad
F 11348
05
Transfusion
Dot
Jimmy Drake had several hits in the US including Transfusion: a story about a bad driver requiring blood transfusons.
Nervous Norvus
15470
04
The Deal
Major Minor
At the time of the first bottom 30, Kenny was possibly unaware of other singles by Pat and played this as a track from his LP "Just A Quiet Conversation".
Pat Campbell
MM 648
03
Paralyzed
Mercury
Norman Carl Odam is the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. There is also a version of this on "Live in Chicago"
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
72862
02
Wunderbar
Oriole
Also released on a EP (see picture) Zarah really knows how to murder a song (but quite as much as Florence Foster Jenkins!)
Zarah Leander
CBI 1977
01
I Want My Baby Back
Tollie (US)
Made US #92. At the time Kenny claimed there was only one copy of this record - well I have three! Track is on Dr Demento's 20th Anniversary CD.
Jimmy Cross
T 9039