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Musical performance coming in Bay City to help the homeless
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:19:32 EDT
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Although a music group that will perform at Wenona Park in Bay City had a chart-topping hit that at involved shedding tears there will only be tears of joy from memories from bygone days when they perform.
The "Mysterians" will perform a free concert 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11 in the park that is in the heart of the downtown area.
The event at Wenona Park is called "96 Tears Day" in reference to the groups' hit song "96 Tears."
The event hopes to collect donations and non-perishable food items for homeless veterans and others who are homeless. The food and proceeds will go the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City.
"I was 12 years old when we started the band in 1962," said Robert Balderrama. "Our biggest hit was "96 Tears." It went world wide. It was hard to match that (success)."
Although the group continued to perform they were never able to match the success of "96 Tears."
"Our second record hit the top 20, and that is hard to do. We had others that hit the top 40, but none were as big a hit as what '96 Tears was,'" he said.
Although Question Mark is not part of the group that performs, the "Mysterians" still has Balderrama and the original keyboard player Frank Rodriguez, whose talent on the keyboard was showcased in the song "96 Tears."
"I feel blessed God has given me the opportunity to keep playing music. I'm 69 now - started when I was 12, and I'm still going with the original keyboard player," said Balderrama. "It's been great. I want to keep on playing."
The original band, "Question Mark and the Mysterians" were formed by a group of Mexican teenagers who were born in Texas and raised in Saginaw. The original group was composed of lead singer Rudy Martinez, his brother Robert on drums, Frank Rodriguez on keyboards, Bobby Balderrama on guitar and Larry Borjas on bass.