The Premiers were a garage rock band from San Gabriel, CA formed in 1962 by brothers Lawrence and John Perez with George Delgado and Frank Zuniga. They are best remembered for their raw and exuberant rock version of the R&B song, "Farmer John," which became a Top 40 hit in 1964. This frat rock classic, which was recorded with a group of girls making partying noises in the background, has since then been covered extensively over the years and is a garage rock staple. The Premiers followed up with an album titled "Farmer John Live" that includes more garage rock versions of R&B standards with overdubbed party sounds.
The Premiers appeared on "American Bandstand" and were a part of Dick Clark's 1964 Caravan of Stars tour. By the late 1960s, two of the band's members had been drafted, and The Premiers called it quits by the end of the decade. The Perez brothers and George Delgado reformed the band in 2001 to record and give occasional concerts.
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- Farmer John 1964
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