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Song of the Day: ? & The Mysterians – “96 Tears” (1966)

? & The Mysterians – “96 Tears” (1966)

Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears (1966): “This is the first home-recorded record to hit #1 on the charts. The Mysterians were formed in 1962 by bassist Larry Borjas, his cousin, guitarist Bobby Balderrama, and drummer Robert Martinez; they soon added vocalist ? (Question Mark) and organist Frank Rodriguez. Shortly afterward, ? wrote the lyrics a song he called “Too Many Teardrops” and showed them to the rest of the band; the title was changed first to “69 Tears,” and then the less suggestive “96 Tears.” The song became a hit at the Mt. Holly ski lodge/dancehall, where the band played regularly, and in early 1966 they recorded it for the small local label Pa-Go-Go, owned by the band’s manager. It became a regional hit in Flint and Detroit, attracting interest from several major record companies; ? decided to sign with the Philadelphia-based Cameo-Parkway, chiefly because their label was his favorite color, orange. (via AvaxHome)

A high-quality rip of the original single is available here.

More info: Question Mark & the Mysterians – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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