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? and the Mysterians – 96 Tears (1966)

Question Mark and the Mysterians “96 Tears” reached number one in the USA in October 1966 and is a foundation stone of 1960’s garage and 1970’s punk rock.  – right up there with the Kingsmen’s 1963 recording of Richard Berry’s classic “Louie Louie” (which the latter originally recorded in 1955).

The organ kicks off, the bass rumbles into action, the drums make an understated entrance, the organ riff reaches perfection  and then ?’s vocals wander in, drawling laconically:

Too many teardrops
For one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops
For one heart to carry on

The song was written by ? himself (aka Rudy Martinez) and some followers may recall The Stranglers taking a version of 96 Tears into the UK singles chart in 1990.

A perfect Saturday night record.

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