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.
Stacked up by the turntable: a 1968 single by Spanky and Our Gang, a cool Otis Redding single that was released a couple of years after his death, a hard-hitting 1967 song by the Bob Seger System, plus the Rascals, Timebox, the Youngbloods, the Sorrows, Del Shannon, and more.
We have fun with some covers in this show: We’ll hear Billy J. Kramer covering Randy Newman, a Dionne Warwick hit covered by Aretha Franklin, Love covering Manfred Mann, Sonny & Cher covered by Etta James, garage bands covering Bob Dylan, plus Small Faces, Sidney Barnes, live Grateful Dead, and lots more records from the 1960s.
You’ll hear a 1968 album cut by Arlo Guthrie, a track from Blood, Sweat & Tears’ debut LP when they were fronted by Al Kooper, the Everly Brothers backed by the Hollies, plus the Nice, Darrell Banks, Johnny Rivers,We The People, and lots more.
This time, we’ll check out Dusty Springfield’s follow-up to her landmark album “Dusty In Memphis” , we’ll listen to the b-side of the Box Tops’ big hit “The Letter”, also album cuts from Simon & Garfunkel, Shocking Blue, and the Seeds, and many other musical gems from the swingin’ 60s.
45s by regional bands the Rave-Ons, Thee Midniters, and the Nightly Raid, a 1966 single by JJ Cale, a 1965 b-side by Them, a hit for the Who that Pete Townsend says is still one of the band’s favorites, one of Paul McCartney’s favorite Beatle tunes, the Wailers, the Montanas, Yankee Dollar, and much more music from the 1960s.
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.