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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Question Mark and the Mysterians - 96 Tears

Question Mark and the Mysterians - 96 Tears

@ 320 kbps - Covers are included

1 I Need Somebody 2:13 2 Stormy Monday 2:20 3 You're Telling Me Lies 2:31 4 Ten o'clock 2:03 5 Set Aside 3:03 6 Up Side 2:50 7 "8" Teen 2:45 8 Don't Tease Me 1:37 9 Don't Break This Heart Of Mine 1:57 10 Why Me 1:26 11 Midnight Hour 2:36 12 96 Tears 2:56

Things began to really pick up for ? and the mysterians when they played a song titled "96 Tears" at the local teen hot spot Mt. Holly. The group had originally called the song "69 Tears," but had decided to change its name to "96 Tears" due to concerns that if they recorded the number under the original title they could risk losing radio air play.
The song was eventually recorded at in Bay City, Michigan using a Farfisa and a Vox organ. There were 750 copies of the song pressed on their manager's Pa-Go-Go label. The song was played on some regional radio stations such as WTAC in Flint and CKLW in Detroit (which actually broadcast form Canada), and requests to play it again began to come in to the radio stations in large numbers. Seeing it's potential, Neil Bogart with the Cameo label approached the boys and a deal was struck to produce more pressings. The song quickly became a classic of its genre and a million seller. It reached No. 1 in the US and No. 37 in the UK.
The group enjoyed its brief status as one of the most popular rock-and-roll bands in America in 1966. They released their first full-length album, "96 Tears," on Cameo and in late 1966 they had their second single "I Need Somebody" enter the charts, where it peaked at number 22.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one. One of my all time faves and a great sixties band. I hope you can post the second album. Thanks again.

MartaD said...

Tengo muy buenos recuerdos de este disco. Muchas gracias. Merci beaucopup. Thank you.


ian said...


Gerard said...

Thank You!

zappahead said...

If just for 96 tears..its worth it will be interesting to hear what else they have to offer...thanks for the share...cheers.