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.
Well, I always say “from the icons to the obscurities”, so….from the icon category: Cream, the Monkees, Humble Pie, the Kinks, Jr. Walker & the Allstars, and the Spencer Davis Group. From the obscurity category: the Headlyters, the Five Day Week Straw People, the Hysterical Society, and Rudy Lambert. Plus ten artists who fall somewhere in between.
Dusty Springfield recorded live on the BBC, solo Gene Clark, San Francisco band the Vejtables, Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger, Chicano soul by Thee Midniters, forgotten Motown greats the Fantastic Four, plus the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, the Troggs, and ten more swingin’ records from the 1960s.
An early secular single by the Staple Singers; Texas garage by the Countdown Five; cuts from cool one-and-done 1968 lps by the End, Mortimer, and Yankee Dollar; early British beat by Bern Elliot; plus tracks from the Tangerine Zoo, the Yardbirds, Shocking Blue, Tony Joe White, the Beatles, and more.
Album cuts by Country Joe & the Fish, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, Brenda & the Tabulations, and Manfred Mann; 45s by the Knack, the Golden Dawn, the Shady Daze, the Move, and Giles Strange; plus the Easybeats, Elvis Presley, the Seeds, the Association, and more.
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.
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.