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98.6 - The Bystanders ( featured in `The Boat That Rocked` film )

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Published on Dec 12, 2008

At the beginning of 1967 in the UK , two acts released 7" singles of 98.6 . One by Welsh band The Bystanders and the other by US singer Keith. The Bystanders version of 98.6 peaked at no. 45 but Keith`s managed to reach number 24.
98.6 was the Bystanders only UK chart hit . Band featured Jerry Braden ( real name Lynn Mittel and now better known in Wales as Owen Money , comedian & radio braodcaster )

They released the following singles in the Sixties including their original version of Jesamine which became a smash hit for The Casuals in 1968 but which 6 months earlier had failed to chart for The Bystanders They split later in 1968 -

1966 That's the End
1966 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself
1966 My Love - Come Home
1967 98.6 - #45
1967 Royal Blue Summer Sunshine Day
1967 Pattern People
1968 When Jesamine Goes
1968 This Is My World

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5micky2
What is it with songs from that era?  They all sound so unashamedly joyful. I think feeling happy has gone out of fashion, sadly.
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Lindsaypeter Holden
1967 White Elephant Youth Club Delph Saddleworth.Great Night well remembered as a 16 Year Old.Wonderful Atmospheric Song.I wonder how many still recall this Group from 47 Years ago.Happy Days.
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MrMjp58
Never heard this before. It's a great record, but has omitted some of the supporting harmony found in Keith's version.
Reid Fauble
Listening to this in science while learning about temperature 
Barbara Jon
this song has been on my mind for weeks now, so I had to bring it up to hear it and loved it like I always have.
cosybully
I've never heard this version of the song until now, and it's quite good! Thank you for posting. 
cosybully
Haven't heard this version until now.  Enjoyed it. 
Aurelio Gago
the version of LOS ANGELES a spanish group is better than this or Krith.
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William Covington
Superb band! Quality vocals and the harmony is outstanding! 
kelly sanderson
hi David, Thank you for your story.. I am late in replying, but i really appreciate your warm memories of my dad. Thank you xxx 
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