Remembering 5 Overlooked Rock Bands Of The 1960s

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When we think of the 1960s, the first rock bands that come to mind are those whose songs received heavy airplay, those who broke records, made headlines, and basically became household names. Unfortunately, we rarely think of the groups who faded into obscurity and whose music have been largely forgotten. So now we’re putting the spotlight on those underrated acts who’re just as great as the more popular ones.


Formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, they started out as a psychedelic rock band before they diversified their sound. They released the singles “Paper Sun”, “Hole in My Shoe”, and “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” but it wasn’t long before they disbanded in 1969 when Winwood left to co-found Blind Faith with Eric Clapton. Starting from the ’70s, they got back together, had a series of personnel changes, only to break up again.

The Sonics

Formed in 1960, they may be often overlooked but their aggressive sound became influential in the development of punk and garage music. They inspired groups like the White Stripes. They didn’t get enough appreciation in the ’60s even though they were ahead of their time. The original lineup fell apart by 1966 and went their separate ways. They did reform a couple of times through the years.

The Zombies

Formed in 1960, they scored a hit with “She’s Not There”. 1965’s “Tell Her No” and 1968’s “Time of the Season also enjoyed success. Even so, it was far from the appreciation they deserved.

The Marmalade

Formed in 1961, they were originally called The Gaylords then Dean Ford and The Gaylords before they settled with The Marmalade. They had a couple of international hits including “Reflections of My Life”. By the ’70s, some of the original members were replaced and in 1972, they left Decca Records. After signing up with EMI Records, they became known as simply Marmalade.

The Turtles

Best known for their signature tune “Happy Together”, they actually had several other great songs. Formed in 1963, they disbanded by 1970 and vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman found great success as session musicians.

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