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.
We’ll listen to one by the Houston band where ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons got his start, a pre-Motown cut by Rare Earth, a rare cut from one of Motown’s biggest acts, plus records by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, the Sir Douglas Quintet, some obscure- but very cool- American garage bands, and more.
In this edition: vintage live cuts by the Rolling Stones, the Standells, and the Grateful Dead; a great Stevie Wonder b-side; Scott Mckenzie’s 1967 follow up to “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)”, a ’66 album cut by the Kinks, plus Richie Havens, the Ivy League, the Sapphire Thinkers, a handful of rare 45s, and more.
Album tracks by the Pretty Things, the Byrds, Hourglass featuring Gregg Allman, Janis Joplin, and the Lovin’ Spoonful; a ’66 single by 80s star Toni Basil, a rare Bob Dylan single, 45s by Eddie Parker, the Haunted, the Gremlins, and the Barons, and much more.
We’ll listen to Wilson Pickett’s hit from the summer of ’67, a a summer of love single by the Small Faces, plus We the People, the Lemon Drops, Tomorrow, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Casey Jones & the Governors, and many more nuggets from the 1960s.
The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, so why keep listening to the same ol’, same ol’ ? We’ve got records by the Turtles, the Tangerine Zoo, Procol Harum, and the Blues Magoos, a track from Three Dog Night’s first album, garage band 45s, dynamite soul by Otis Clay, William Bell, and Sugar Pie Desanto, plus 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.