Whoa! The Barbarians perform “Hey Little Bird” on the T.A.M.I. 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.
Holy smoke! A red hot performance from Tom Jones’ TV variety show. Move all flammable materials away from your computer or phone before you press play!
In this edition, PF Sloan, Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Penny Arkade, Lulu, Jefferson Airplane, Angel Pavement, and more; plus garage 45s by Los Bulldogs, the Mountain Men, the Del Rays, and the Purple Hearts. 19 swingin’ cuts in all.
The most expensive single ever recorded up to the time (1966), which set the table for the Summer of Love; Iron Butterfly from the “other” side of the “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album; Della Reese funks up Frank Sinatra; American garage band 45s from The Others and the Sonics; plus the Who, the Mamas and the Papas, Jackie Lomax, and more.
We get connected with the Rolling Stones, touched by Melba Moore, and break through with the Doors. Also in the show: the Sons of Champlin, Tim Hardin, the Druids of Stonehenge, Buffalo Springfield, Cliff Richard & the Shadows, the Count Five, Fairport Convention, Thursday’s Children, early David Bowie, and lots more.
The original versions of “Mama Told Me Not To Come” and “No Time”; soul music from Lee Dorsey, the Impressions, and the Ikettes; British beat by the Beatles, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and the Animals; plus the Chocolate Watchband, Rare Earth, Nazz, Strawberry Alarm Clock; the usual smattering of obscure 45s, and more.
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.
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.