Northern KY’s 1967 Moment

You have to hand it to Northern Kentucky, who produced a pair of Nuggets-era garage rock classics – New Lime‘s “Perfect Girl” (organ+vibes) & The Wyngates “See What’s Right” – both issued on Cincinnati’s Counterpart Records in 1967, pop music’s peak year.  Check out this archival footage of The Wyngates lip-syncing their performance on Nick Clooney’s Bandstand show on Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT, in July, 1967:

“See What’s Right”     The Wyngates on ‘Nick Clooney’s Bandstand’    1967

As band member Dan Schear hilariously explains on YouTube:

“Before you complain about flagrantly bad lipsync, let’s consider home video technology of 1967 and the person who captured this event:  The Grandmother of The Wyngates keyboardist, Ed Wilbers (guy with the goat-tee & sunglasses) shot it right off her home TV set with a silent Brownie 8mm wind-up movie camera.  We should be GRATEFUL that she filmed it at all & that for the most part, it is actually watchable today!  Her biggest mistake? She kept starting & stopping the camera instead of just letting it roll continuously which would have allowed me, all these years & technological advances later to have synced-up the film to the 45rpm record “See What’s Right” that my band The Wyngates were pantomiming on WLWT NBC Cincinnati’s Nick Clooney’s Bandstand show on July 2, 1967.  So without further gripes from the viewing audience, please enjoy this for what it was back-in-the-day when we young folks thought we could ‘save mankind!'”

WyngatesBuckeye Beat informs us that the Ft. Thomas, Kentucky outfit recorded “See What’s Right” and instrumental “Persian Night Flight” at Cincinnati’s King Records studio and got it played on local radio – back when indie labels like Counterpart Records could be played on local hits stations like WSAI.