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 deep cut from the Byrds; the 1967 song that revived Etta James’ career; 45s from the Remaining Few, the Family Goat (!), the Great Scots, and Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors; plus the Easybeats, Country Joe & the Fish, Sir Douglas Quintet, and many more.
A cut by Duane & Gregg Allman buddies the 31st of February, the Rolling Stones’ first American Top 40 hit (also the first Jagger/Richards A-side), a Zombies song that was a worldwide smash- but not by the Zombies, plus the Kinks, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the Action, garage band 45s, and more.
An alternate version of a ’66 Dylan classic; spacey psychedelia from Ultimate Spinach, the Rascals, and MC Squared; great soul from Mitty Collier, George Jackson, and Jesse Davis; plus Manfred Mann, the Steve Miller Band, the Turtles, Nazz, the End, and lots more.
Album cuts by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, and the Mamas & the Papas; soul 45s by Gloria Jones, Bobby Patterson, and Johnny Thompson; live Dusty Springfield; plus Love, Bob Lind, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Charlatans, and many others.
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.
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.