TNB Night Owl – One-Hit Wonders, 1966-1967

A guitar played by Buffalo Springfield. Image captured by the News Blender.

By 1966, pop music – which still embraced a wide range of genres and tastes – was becoming what many of us remember the sixties for: psychedelic rock and protest songs, as the music evolved with the culture. There were still tunes that sounded like echoes of the fifties, like “Love Makes the World Go Round” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”, but rock music was coming on strong.

The Knickerbockers, for example sounded very much like The Beatles, probably the most popular rock group of the era. Strawberry Alarm Clock almost single-handedly invented pop-psychedelic rock with “Incense And Peppermints”.

Most of these one-hit wonders are instantly recognizable, but I confess there’s a couple I can’t say I remember.

In a surprise move, my editor here at TNB has taken the unusual step of throwing in a bonus video – not at the end, but first – featuring well-known show hosts introducing one of our one-hit wonder bands. If you were around in the sixties, I think you’ll enjoy seeing this collection of clips.

“Blues Magoos Stage intro” (2:37):

1966 – “Lies” – The Knickerbockers (2:48):

1966 – “Cool Jerk” – The Capitols (2:47):

1966 – “Little Girl” – Syndicate of Sound (2:28):

1966 – “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” – Deon Jackson (2:29):

1966 – “96 Tears” – ? and the Mysterians (2:58):

1966 – “Talk Talk” – The Music Machine (1:58):

1966 – “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” (charted 1967) – The Blues MaGoos – (2:18):

1967 – “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” – The Casinos (3:12):

1967 – “Incense and Peppermints” – Strawberry Alarm Clock (2:50):

1967 – “98.6” – Keith (3:07):

1967 – “Friday on My Mind” – The Easybeats (2:46):

1967 – “Bend Me, Shape Me” – The American Breed (2:29):

1967 – “For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield (2:38):

Question Of The Night: “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?”

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