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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1966: A Great Year in Music - Time Won't Let Me

If you're a long-time music lover, you probably have a favorite music year, a period when the songs stand out for multiple reasons. For me, that year is 1966
In 1966, I was 14 years old and a freshman in the South Jersey high school I attended. 
Although I didn't know it at the time, it would prove to be one of the greatest years for garage rock, a type of music named because bands just starting out would learn and practice these 3- and 4-chord songs, which were relatively easy to rehearse and then perform live at local dances. And most of these bands would rehearse either in the garage or the basement of whatever member had the most tolerant parents.
I should probably add one more thing here. 1966 was the year I joined one of these garage bands as a keyboard player. It's a role I would find myself in off and on for the next 40 years. And even though I'm no longer performing live, I still keep a couple of keyboards set up for my enjoyment in my writing office.
So periodically here in Rock of Agers I want to highlight some of my favorite songs from 1966. I'll tell a little about the tunes and sometimes a little about myself. But more importantly, thanks to YouTube, you can listen to the artists and see if you can hear some of what I and the rest of my generation first heard then. 
Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders

"Time Won't Let Me" joins several of the hits of 1966 to make up some of the greatest garage rock music if all-time.

Interestingly, the Outsiders, from Cleveland, Ohio were different from many of the other bands of the mid-60s in that some of the members had been playing together since 1958.

The Outsiders released 2 other songs that made the charts, but neither was as successful as their initial effort which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April. During its rise and fall, "Time Won't Let Me" was on the charts for 15 weeks.

The record featured lead singer Sonny Geraci, who later would handle lead vocals for the band Climax. The bass player Jim Fox would be an original member of Joe Walsh's 1st band, The James Gang.

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