Whoa! The Barbarians perform “Hey Little Bird” on the TAMI package show in October 1964. Grungy garage rock waaaay ahead of its time, and the shot of Moulty the drummer going nuts with the dancers in the background is outtasight. If I had a time machine, I would figure out how to be in the audience for the TAMI extravaganza.
While we’re talking about the TAMI show, check out this incredible set by James Brown. The story goes that when scheduled show-closers the Rolling Stones saw his rehearsal, they begged not to have to follow him. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, skip to “Night Train” at 12:55 and be amazed.
A live 1965 performance by the Beach Boys; mid-60s singles by the Byrds, Donovan, Nancy Sinatra, and Bob Dylan; album cuts by James Brown, Billy Nicholls, and the Status Quo; plus the Isley Brothers, the Bo Street Runners, the Mojo Men, Carolyn Franklin, garage band 45s, and more.
A very early one by the Who (as the High Numbers) plus the Dave Clark Five, Abbey Road-era Beatles, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Herd, the Action, the Kitchen Cinq, Jefferson Airplane, psychedelic soul from the Temptations, the Outsiders, and more.
We’ll listen to records by young Eric Carmen as a member of Cyrus Erie, a young David Bowie and his mod band the Manish Boys, plus Traffic, Marvin Gaye, the Alan Price Set, Brian Hyland, the Music Machine, and Etta James, as well as some of the coolest obscurities we’ve ever rolled out.
B-sides by the Attack, the Standells, and Captain Beefheart; A-sides by the Mamas & the Papas, the Monkees, and Otis Redding; album cuts by the Beatles , Jimi Hendrix, and Mitch Ryder; plus Freddie Scott, the Koobas, Geno Washington, and the Cyrkle; plus a half-dozen obscure 45s, and more.
A dynamite early single by future Three Dog Night vocalist Cory Wells; off-the-beaten path cuts by Sly & the Family Stone, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Simon & Garfunkel; the Rolling Stones’ first UK #1; plus the E-Types, Small Faces, Mother Earth, Brewer & Shipley, the Silver Byke, and more.
Who wouldn’t love this clip? Pat & Lolly Vegas (later to be known as Redbone) perform a cool song in a monster’s mouth at a club called the Dungeon while a girl wearing a tiara, gloves,go-go boots, and a bikini with fringe dances in front of them. ‘Nuff said.
This 1965 musical starred Gerry & the Pacemakers, and was the first film to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city became a famous hotbed of that beat, beat, beat. The trailer stands alone as a mid-60s time capsule.