From Philly they formed while attending Penn, The Magic Mushrooms performing their single "Let the Rain Be Me" in 1966.
One of the first psychedelic bands, The 13th. Floor Elevators, were really a garage band from Austin, Texas. While their 1966 song "You're Gonna Miss Me" only charted at #55 it was an enormously influtional record. Singer/guitarist Roky Eckerson suffered with schizophrenia for many years yet still continues to tour as a solo act.
A favorite on the Detroit scene in the late '60's Wilson Mower Pursuit,they never achieved a major label deal.
One of the best bands in Michigan were The Frost. Their second album, recorded live, featured the anthemic track "Rock & Roll Music". Released in 1969 the recording features the late guitarist Dick Wagner.
The Underdogs were a east side band and were held up as a positive example at my east side elementary school. This track is from 1966 and in my opinion should have been a hit.
In my estimation there is no greater artist than Van Morrison. Van's first band "THEM", a group of Irish lads, produced the Big Bang of Rock & Roll. 1965's "Mystic Eyes"
The Rationals, from Ann Arbor. Appearing on CKLW's Swing'n Time in 1966.
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