Originally formed in Saginaw, Michigan, USA in 1963 as XYZ, ? And The Mysterians entered rock n roll immortality as the band that first popularized the punk rock classic 96 Tears. ? (Question Mark) was vocalist Rudy Martinez (Mexico) and, after numerous line-up changes, the Mysterians became Frankie Rodriguez, Jnr. (b. 9 March 1951, Crystal City, Texas, USA; keyboards), Robert Lee Bobby Balderrama (b. Mexico; lead guitar), Francisco Hernandez Frank Lugo (b. 15 March 1947, Welasco, Texas, USA; bass) and Eduardo Delgardo Eddie Serrato (b. Mexico; drums). 96 Tears was initially intended as the b-side of their debut single, first issued on the tiny Pa-Go-Go label. However, disc jockeys in Michigan, where the band had now settled, turned it over and began playing the three-chord rocker with the now infamous lead organ line (played on a Vox, not Farfisa as legend dictates). The record was sold to the...
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