Top 10 Best 1960s Psych/Garage Bands from Palm Beach and Broward Counties

Ahh... It is so easy to look south to Miami-Dade and come away as bandits with these "genre" lists. While it is true that there always seems to be a larger pool from which to pick from down there, the current state of affairs in South Florida's music has made the actual pin-pointing slightly more difficult with many bands nowadays sharing members across county lines.

Back in the '60s and '70s, things were a little clearer, and Broward and Palm Beach counties had some serious homegrown talent. Some of these outfits were one-hit or regional wonders and many, thankfully, managed to record for posterity. Many didn't. There are a handful of compilation discs out there and online conservationists who have kept some of that music alive.

As always, this is not an all-inclusive listing, but rather a demonstrative grouping of some of the best talent these counties enjoyed in the '60s.

See also: Top Twenty Proto-Punk Bands: An Incomplete List

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10. The Blues Messengers - "High Wednesday (I'll Stay with You)"

Recorded at Allen's Studio in Fort Lauderdale, this psych outfit, given to the harder elements of the genre, was by all accounts, short-lived. And with this one track, it has insured some degree of longevity with it routinely appearing in Florida comps archiving the era.

9. The Birdwatchers - "Girl I Got News for You"

Quite possibly originally from the Daytona Beach area, the Birdwatchers would eventually be based out of Fort Lauderdale and be managed by former '50s pop idol Gary Stites. At some point Stites made the move to vocalist of the band and, with a streamlined outfit, bill itself as Gary Stites and the Birdwatchers.

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