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!