Thursday, October 27, 2016

"96 tears" is 50 years old!

45 years ago, "96 tears" topped the US charts.

"? and the Mysterians" were Mexican American teenagers from Michigan.  Their parents were Mexicans who came here to work in Michigan's farms.

The band's lead vocalist was known as '?" or Question Mark.   

The song was written and produced by Rudy Martinez.  We believe that he was "?" or the lead vocalist.

The song had a "killer organ"!  It was a 'must" for garage bands or teens dancing at the Friday night school dance.

To be fair, the group did have a follow up hit that made the Top 30.  However, they never charted big again. 

Whatever happened to this band?  I don't know but this was a great song:


"Too many teardrops For one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops For one heart to carry on
You`re way on top now since you left me
Youre always laughing way down at me
But watch out now, I`m gonna get there
We`ll be together for just a little while
And then I`m gonna put you way down here
And you`ll start crying ninety-six tears
Cry, cry
And when the sun comes up, I`ll be on top
You`ll be right down there, looking up
And I might wave, come up here
But I don`t see you waving now
I`m way down here, wondering how
I`m gonna get you but I know now
I`ll just cry, cry, I`ll just cry
Too many teardrops For one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops For one heart to carry on
Youre gonna cry ninety-six tears
Youre gonna cry ninety-six tears
Youre gonna cry, cry, cry, cry now
Youre gonna cry, cry, cry, cry Ninety-six tears
Come on and lemme hear you cry, now
Ninety-six tears, woo
I wanna hear you cry Night and day, yeah, all night long
Uh, ninety-six tears, cry cry cry
Come on, baby Let me hear you cry now, all night long
Uh, ninety-six tears, yeah, come on now
Uh, ninety-six tears...."



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