Live Music Show - The !!!! Beat
curated by Debbie D from WFMU's Rock N' Soul Ichiban
The Live Music Show is a Network Awesome original production
Note from the curator:
"The !!!! Beat was a 1966 soul showcase hosted by DJ "Hoss" Allen in Nashville. Many of the artists performed live instead of lip-synching. It only aired for 2 seasons but left us a lifetime of scorching soul sets!"
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Once The !!!! Beat was only a legend. Fans and collectors heard that there was a television show in the mid-1960s that captured the absolute very best of the soul and R&B singers of the day. Some said it was made in Nashville and some said that it was made in Dallas. Musicians remembered working on the show and a few people remembered seeing it, but no one seemed to know what had happened to it. Did the tapes still exist? How many shows were there? Who exactly was on it? All the episodes still exist! It really was a fabulous show! It really was in color! It really did feature the absolute best of the soul and R&B acts of the day! And whereas once just fragments of the shows made their way onto bootlegs, now the entire series is available in first-generation quality. Here is a reminder of what real soul and blues music was like from the absolute original masters.
This DVD of The !!!! Beat T.V. program contains shows 18 through 21, recorded in 1966. It features artists that soul fans never dreamed they'd see in their heyday, like Jamo Thomas, Robert Parker, Mitty Collier, Z.Z. Hill, plus Nashville R&B legends Earl Gaines (featured on our A Shot In The Dark - Nashville Jumps box), Joe Simon, and Bobby Hebb singing his original version of Sunny. Add to that Lou Rawls in his prime, and even more incredible Freddie King.