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Syndicate of Sound celebrates in S.J.

By Shay Quillen - San Jose Mercury News August 18, 2007

Music fans and local dignitaries gathered Tuesday at San Jose's City Hall Plaza to pay tribute to '60s hitmakers the Syndicate of Sound and the new class of the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame.

The Syndicate of Sound was honored for the 1-millionth major-market spin of the band's 1966 hit "Little Girl." After brief speeches at the lunchtime event by Mayor Chuck Reed and others, the Syndicate of Sound - including original members Don Baskin, Bob Gonzales, Larry Ray and John Duckworth - performed a five-song set, culminating with the milestone-achieving garage-rock anthem.

San Jose Rocks co-founders Dan Orloff and Tom Muller also announced the class that will be inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame on Oct. 19: DJ and record producer Mikel Hunter a.k.a. "Captain Mikey;" musical equipment innovator Dean Markley; music promoters Vic LoBue Sr. and Paul Catalana (the men who brought the Beatles to the Bay Area); bands People and Papa Doo Run Run; DJ and rocker Greg Kihn; and, in the "rock venue" category, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

City Councilmen Pierluigi Oliverio, Sam Liccardo and Forrest Williams were among the 100 or so in attendance. Laurie Roberts of KFOX hosted the event.

Syndicate of Sound began the day performing live on the Greg Kihn show on KFOX (98.5-FM) and closed the day with a performance at the Blank Club in San Jose.

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