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First Garage Band Hit?

Gurn

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See if you can find one earlier than 1959. They’ve got the sound nailed.

3 chords? Check

Corny lyrics? Check

Sounds like it was recorded in a garage? Check

 
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Elantric

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The Wailers, often credited as The Fabulous Wailers, were an American rock band from Tacoma, Washington. They became popular around the United States Pacific Northwest around the late 1950s and the start of the 1960s,[1] performing saxophone-driven R&B and Chuck Berryrock and roll.[2] Their biggest hit was "Tall Cool One", first released in 1959, and they have been credited as being "one of the very first, if not the first, of the American garage bands."[3]

The Fabulous Wailers were an American rock band from Tacoma, Washington. Formed around 1958, they are often considered the first garage rock group. They performed a hybrid of saxophone-driven rhythm and blues and Chuck Berry rock and roll.
 

Gurn

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Note - thus far - the Bell Tones’ I’ve Had It is the only record w/ vocals.

The fabulous Wailers’ Road Runner fits the bill - same year - 1959.

But they were a much better band than the Bell Tones.


The Wailers, often credited as The Fabulous Wailers, were an American rock band from Tacoma, Washington. They became popular around the United States Pacific Northwest around the late 1950s and the start of the 1960s,[1] performing saxophone-driven R&B and Chuck Berryrock and roll.[2] Their biggest hit was "Tall Cool One", first released in 1959, and they have been credited as being "one of the very first, if not the first, of the American garage bands."[3]

The Fabulous Wailers were an American rock band from Tacoma, Washington. Formed around 1958, they are often considered the first garage rock group. They performed a hybrid of saxophone-driven rhythm and blues and Chuck Berry rock and roll.
Link Wray was way too good to be considered a garage player, IMO.
But after listening to Rumble again — yeah. maybe so. Maybe it is the first.

Possibly Rumble. It climbed to number 16 on the U.S. charts in the summer of 1958.

Are you really a garage band if you wear matching suits though?
It’s the sound baby. Even if a garage band plays the Royal Albert Hall,
they are still in someone’s Dad’s garage.
 
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Papanate

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For the record - Garage Band Rock wasn't a 'thing' until the mid 1960s.
And Louie Louie was not Garage Band Material - they were in Northwestern
Studios which was a proper studio.
 

Mudder

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For the record - Garage Band Rock wasn't a 'thing' until the mid 1960s.
And Louie Louie was not Garage Band Material - they were in Northwestern
Studios which was a proper studio.
Dude, you can listen to that recording and not imagine them in a garage with a 4-track? Even though they were in a "proper studio" they didn't use it like one.
 




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