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Oct 07

Paul Revere and the Raiders: The Miami Connection

A former member of Miami's YEAR 2000 would help to stabilize the group.

  Paul Revere and the Raiders paid their dues around the Pacific Northwest for many years, before landing a starring role on TV’s “Where The Action Is”.   That exposure helped make them one of the most successful bands in the United States.   It also meant the start of a South Florida connection that would last …

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Aug 08

Remembering HENRY STONE, 1921-2014

Henry Stone (seated, right) taking part in a music business panel discussion, April 2012

  He taught us the value of perseverance… the importance of distribution… and the results that come from greasing the right palms at the right time. In his 93 years, Henry Stone rewrote the rule book on how to get a hit record.   Sometimes he threw out the rule book entirely.   He showed the world …

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Jul 04

Churchill’s Hideaway: Miami Musical Legend

The first public performance of the Hivebuzzers, at Churchill's

  It’s unusual to see a requiem for a place that still exists.   You can still go to Churchill’s in Little Haiti, order a brew, and watch a band with no commercial potential do its thing.   You can still struggle to find a parking space and have a close encounter with one of the less-than-lucid …

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Apr 03

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound – A Biased Review

  “Willie Clarke, this is your life!” So read one of the live tweets that was shown on the big screen, prior to the Miami premiere of Deep City:  The Birth of the Miami Sound.   In many ways, it was accurate. Clarke, as you may know, co-founded the first black-owned record company in the state …

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Feb 06

The Echoes of Carnaby Street: No Place Or Time

Little has been written through the years about the Echoes Of Carnaby Street, and most of what has been written has been… well… false.    Most ’60s garage band fans first heard the band’s name — and record — through a Louisiana garage band compilation, which is strange, considering the group came from Miami Beach!   You …

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Jan 17

The 13th Hour Glass… vs. the 13th Hour Glass

  Up until now, there has never been an accurate discography for the Florida Panhandle group 13th Hour Glass.  There’s a good reason for that:  there were actually two separate groups using that name, and both released 45s around the same time.   It was no coincidence that both lived in the Florida Panhandle, and it’s …

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Feb 13

JEMKL Records: Modern Soul and More From Miami

Break-in novelty pressed by JEMKL for 96X Radio

    JEMKL? What in the world is a JEMKL? This cryptic Florida record label has baffled collectors for several decades now. In addition to its “initially” baffling name, its musical selections — here, there, and everywhere in between — have proven just as baffling. But where there are questions, often there are also answers. …

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Dec 12

“Whenever You’re Ready” by the Novas — Florida’s Moodiest ’60s Garage 45

The Novas, and other Palmetto High School bands, from the Palmetto Panther, December 1966

  If you asked me to name my all-time favorite South Florida garage band records, I’d probably rattle off some familiar names – Evil, the Montells, et al.    These bands earned their place in the Miami band hierarchy, and the collectability of their music bears this out.   But that answer is just too easy and …

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Nov 14

Celebrating Miami Garage Bands of the ’60s

  If you enjoy the music of South Florida’s ‘60s garage bands, you must make your way down to the HistoryMiami museum. They’ve turned the place over to a group of teenagers, who along with the curators have put together an exhibit of teen culture and contributions to life in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Many …

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Sep 28

Jaco Pastorius’ Funkadelic Sound: A 1971 Session

Little Beaver, around the time of "Funkadelic Sound"

Jaco Pastorius was a big Little Beaver fan. Watching the young guitarist/singer perform around South Florida had a deep, profound influence on the future superstar bass player. We know Jaco enjoyed playing Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” (which featured Little Beaver’s guitar licks) with both Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand and Wayne Cochran’s CC …

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