A weekly radio show exploring the music of the 1960s: British Invasion, soul, psychedelia, garage, girl pop, regional hits, album cuts, b-sides, obscure 45s, and more

SOME OF THE BEST 60s ROCK N ROLL EVER CAUGHT ON FILM

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.

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SMOKIN’ JAMES BROWN PERFORMANCE

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.

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LISTEN: SHOW #158

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.

November 14, 2014

LISTEN: SHOW #159

We’ll listen to garage band 45s by the William Penn Fyve, Little Phil & The Nightshadows, Bill Hjerpe, and the Second Half; San Francisco grooves by the Vejtables and Moby Grape; soul from Jimmy Hughes, Judy Clay, and the Dynells; plus Elvis, the Monkees, the Music Machine, the Rolling Stones, and more.

November 14, 2014

LISTEN: SHOW #160

A handful of records out of the 1960s Dutch rock ‘n’ roll boom, a couple of cool covers of Chuck Berry tunes, the Staple Singers with a fantastic cover of an Otis Redding song, some ’67 album cuts, plus the Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, the Count Five, and many others.

November 14, 2014

LISTEN: SHOW #161

A ’69 cut by Christine Perfect (who became better known by her married name Christine McVie, of Fleetwood Mac fame); also a handful of 45s from New Zealand bands, some American garage band 45s, plus Edwin Starr, Soft Machine, the Troggs, Joe South, Revolver-era Beatles, and lots more.

November 14, 2014

LISTEN: SHOW #162

Aretha Franklin takes a second look in 1969 at a song that she had originally turned down; a Moody Blues single-only release from the autumn of ’67, some 1963 guitar work from Jimmy Page, a Yardbirds tune with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, plus the Oxford Circle, the Eyes, Bobbie Gentry,the Uniques, and lots more.

November 14, 2014

DIG AT THE MOVIES: Pat & Lolly Vegas in “It’s a Bikini World”

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.

November 14, 2014

DIG AT THE MOVIES: “Ferry Cross the Mersey” Trailer

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.

November 14, 2014