Rockabilly singer Wayne Cochran switched to R&B after hearing James Brown. His signature song <em>Goin' Back To Miami</em> 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 <em>Melvin</em> was a gender-reversed rewrite of Van Morrison's <em>Gloria.</em> 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 <em>Daddy Rolling Stone</em>. Their own song <em>You Can't Make Me</em> went on to become an underground garage and punk classic.
Daytona Beach band The Nightcrawlers, whose hit <em>The Little Black Egg</em> became a standard for aspiring 1960's rock guitarists.
Miami pop band The Birdwatchers had a No. 1 hit locally with <em>Girl, I Got News For You</em> 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 <em>Ride Captain Ride</em> 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.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gainesville, 1977. Along with Ray Charles, they are the most successful recording artists to emerge from Florida.
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 <em>In the Night.</em>
The Burlington Squires, 1967. The psychedelic garage band from Melborne released “World” as their lone 45.