96 Tears (album)

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96 Tears
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Studio album by ? and the Mysterians
Released 1966 (1966)
Recorded March 1966-September 1966[1]
Genre Garage rock[2]
Length 29:00
Label Cameo-Parkway
Producer
? and the Mysterians chronology
96 Tears
(1966)
Action
(1967)Action1967
Singles from 96 Tears
  1. "96 Tears" / "Midnight Hour"
    Released: August 1966
  2. "I Need Somebody" / ""8" Teen"
    Released: November 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

96 Tears is the debut album by the American garage rock band ? and the Mysterians, released in 1966. A re-recorded version was eventually released on the Collectables label in 1997. It peaked at #66 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.[4]

First pressings had a misprinted Side 2 label listing the last track as "Tears" instead of "96 Tears".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rudy Martinez, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "I Need Somebody" 2:13
2. "Stormy Monday" (T-Bone Walker) 2:20
3. "You're Telling Me Lies" 2:31
4. "Ten O'Clock" 2:03
5. "Set Aside" 3:03
6. "Up Side" 2:50
7. "8 Teen" 2:45
8. "Don't Tease Me" 1:37
9. "Don't Break This Heart of Mine" 1:57
10. "Why Me" 1:26
11. "Midnight Hour" 2:36
12. "96 Tears" 2:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: Rudy Martinez
  • Lead Guitar: Bobby Balderrama
  • Bass Guitar: Frank Lugo
  • Organ: Frank Rodriguez
  • Drums: Eddie Serrato[6]
  • Producer: Neil Bogart, Rudy Martinez

Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
Billboard 66
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1966 "96 Tears" Billboard Hot 100 1
Canada 1
UK Singles Chart 37
"I Need Somebody" Billboard Hot 100 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Best of ? and The Mysterians (2005) sleevenotes
  2. ^ Fleming, Colin (June 3, 2016). "10 Wild LPs From Garage Rock's Greatest Year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ 96 Tears at AllMusic
  4. ^ "96 Tears Album". allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "96 Tears Album". discogs.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ Question Mark & the Mysterians, 96 Tears credits Retrieved July 2, 2015