Wow, here's one I didn't expect to see. From the Hollywood Palace in 1967, it's the Merry-Go-Round doing a medley of "Live" (famously covered by the Bangles), "You're a Very Lovely Woman" and "Listen, Listen." The cute singer is none other than power pop god Emitt Rhodes, seen here not long after his testicles descended.
I bring all this up because a few weeks ago I went to YouTube hoping to find some footage of these guys and crapped out. In despair, I prevailed upon my co-blogger Kid Charlemagne to burn me a copy of Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection, an anthology of literally every note these guys recorded before imploding in 1969. I've been spinning it obsessively since it arrived, and then today on a whim I went back to YouTube and there it was. Lesson: YouTube may be greatest thing in the history of Western Civilization, but it needs to be attended to constantly.
Incidentally, Rhodes is somebody who deserves to be a lot better known. Back in 1970, he put out a winsomely melodic McCartneyesque solo album -- on which he wrote, sang and played every note -- that appeared at roughly the same time as the first solo album by the actual Paul McCartney. Critics of the time (myself included) were pretty much in agreement that Emitt's was by far the better of the two, and all these years later it's still hard to disagree.
He's been fitfully active in the business since then, but "Lullaby," one of the nicest songs from the album, was featured in the 2001 Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums.