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Syndicate of Sound has a City Hall gig

By Sal Pizarro - Mercury News August 14, 2007

It's not every day that a concert breaks out at a San Jose City Council meeting.

But that'll be the case today when Syndicate of Sound, a 1960s band from San Jose, receives a commendation for the 1 millionth radio play of its 1966 hit "Little Girl."

The band - including original members Don Baskin, Bob Gonzalez, Larry Ray, Jim Sawyers and John Duckworth - will celebrate as bands do, taking the stage for a 30-minute set starting just before 12:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.

A million air plays seems to me like turning 50 - sure, plenty of others have done it, but that doesn't make it any less significant. Of course, this milestone would have probably gone unnoticed by the city were it not for some work on the part of San Jose Rocks, the group headed by Dan Orloff and Tom Muller that celebrates the South Bay's place in rock 'n' roll history.

Both of those guys are amped about getting recognition for some of those local pioneering bands that have drifted from memory. Before Syndicate of Sound goes on stage today, they'll announce this year's inductees to the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame.

The honorees will be featured at a concert Oct. 19 at History Park.

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