500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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? and the Mysterians, '96 Tears'

Writer: Rudy Martinez
Producer:
Martinez
Released:
Sept. '66, Pa-Go-Go
15 weeks; No. 1

The band, all Mexican-Americans living in Michigan, cut "96 Tears" in their manager's living room, and ? promoted the single throughout the state, all without ever revealing his real name (Rudy Martinez) or removing his sunglasses. That organ figure put the Farfisa company on the map (? later claimed they had used a Vox). The original has never been released on CD; all the CD versions are rerecordings.

Appears on: More Action (Cavestomp)

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