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Sleepwalkers


Trying to keep his operation afloat, McCoy took a job with Detroit's City Youth Corps. Here he met Maury Dean, a young, white guitar player for the Sleepwalkers, among other local garage bands. McCoy installed Dean as the vice president of Big Mack, and set him up with his own subsidiary label, Wildcat. The Sleepwalkers tracked a blistering instrumental version of "Mini Skirt" wit McCoy on organ, and then waited for the right voice to walk in. It did, in the form of the Performers. Once a surfy post-invasion dancer, "Mini Skirt" was transformed into a howling piece of brown-eyed garage. The combination was too good and it couldn't last. After the 1968 riots Dean left the company and Detroit.


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