THE NEWBEATS – \’Top Secret\’/\’So Fine\’ (Hickory 1436) February 1967

The Newbeats were a three piece pop combo based in Nashville and were arguably Hickory\’s most successful act. They released numerous 45s during the 60s but this is the only one I own. I would never have known about it had the record not been highlighted in \’Teenbeat Mayhem\’ as possessing the \’garage sound\’.

\’Top Secret\’ is a memorable rocker with coolsville fuzz guitar and falsetto lead vocals. The back-up vocals sound great also. The Newbeats probably had other tunes that would fit the bill on \’Flower Bomb Songs\’ but until I suss out the the diamonds from the diamoniques the fuzztoned belter that is \’Top Secret\’ will have to do for now!

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