Florida Rocks | A look back at Florida's rock artists of the 1960s

  • Rockabilly singer Wayne Cochran switched to R&B after hearing James Brown. His signature song Goin' Back To Miami was made famous by the Blues Brothers in the 1980s.

  • The Allman Joys, Daytona Beach, 1966, featuring Duane and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.

  • North Miami Beach girl band The Belles, 1966. Their 45 Melvin was a gender-reversed rewrite of Van Morrison's Gloria. GIRL00 BELLES WKND HO

  • Mike Vetro and the Cellar Dwellers, Broward County, 1965. COURTESY FLORIDA ROCKS AGAIN

  • Miami band The Montells in 1966; the group became famous locally for covering British hits like The Who's Daddy Rolling Stone. Their own song You Can't Make Me went on to become an underground garage and punk classic.

  • Daytona Beach band The Nightcrawlers, whose hit The Little Black Egg became a standard for aspiring 1960's rock guitarists.

  • Miami pop band The Birdwatchers had a No. 1 hit locally with Girl, I Got News For You in 1966. They were a leading example of how local acts were played on top radio stations and developed a geographic fan base.

  • Tampa's Blues Image moved to Miami and scored a national hit with Ride Captain Ride in 1970.

  • Orlando band We The People's buzzy psychedelic rock made them a local phenomenon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jacksonville, 1973. The Southern rock stalwarts are best known for Sweet Home Alabama and the anthem Free Bird.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gainesville, 1977. Along with Ray Charles, they are the most successful recording artists to emerge from Florida.

  • The Modds from Miami recorded Don't Be Late in 1965, but the song wasn't released until 2001 when it was included on a compilation of Florida bands.

  • The Noblemen, Broward County, 1966. They won a local battle of the bands, the prize being a recording session at Criteria, where they recorded two Animals covers.

  • The Rare Breed, from Gainesville, scored a local hit with In the Night.

  • The Burlington Squires, 1967. The psychedelic garage band from Melborne released World as their lone 45.