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.
Psychedelia from July, the United States of America, Music Emporium, and the Beatles; stompin’ R&B from the Graham Bond Organization, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Eddy Giles; garage rock from She, the Third Booth, and Don & the Goodtimes; plus the Doors, Donovan, the Leaves, and many others.
We’ll listen to garage band 45s by the William Penn Fyve, Little Phil & The Nightshadows, Bill Hjerpe, and the Second Half; San Francisco grooves by the Vejtables and Moby Grape; soul from Jimmy Hughes, Judy Clay, and the Dynells; plus Elvis, the Monkees, the Music Machine, the Rolling Stones, and more.
A handful of records out of the 1960s Dutch rock ‘n’ roll boom, a couple of cool covers of Chuck Berry tunes, the Staple Singers with a fantastic cover of an Otis Redding song, some ’67 album cuts, plus the Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, the Count Five, and many others.
A ’69 cut by Christine Perfect (who became better known by her married name Christine McVie, of Fleetwood Mac fame); also a handful of 45s from New Zealand bands, some American garage band 45s, plus Edwin Starr, Soft Machine, the Troggs, Joe South, Revolver-era Beatles, and lots more.
Aretha Franklin takes a second look in 1969 at a song that she had originally turned down; a Moody Blues single-only release from the autumn of ’67, some 1963 guitar work from Jimmy Page, a Yardbirds tune with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, plus the Oxford Circle, the Eyes, Bobbie Gentry,the Uniques, and lots 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.