VISALIA, Calif. (AP) â€” Sean Bonniwell, the lead singer and chief songwriter of the short-lived Los Angeles garage-rock band the Music Machine, died here on Dec. 20. He was 71.
The Music Machine, whose single â€œTalk Talkâ€ reached No. 15 on the Billboard singles chart in 1966, was described in â€œThe Billboard Book of One-Hit Wondersâ€ as one of the most-loved but least-played garage bands of the 1960s. It is often cited as an important precursor of punk rock.
The Music Machine (1965â€“1969) was an American garage rock and psychedelic (sometimes referred to as garage punk) band from the late 1960s, headed by singer-songwriter Sean Bonniwell and based in Los Angeles. The band sound was often defined by fuzzy guitars and a Farfisa organ. Their original look consisted of all-black clothing, (dyed) black moptop hairstyles and a single black glove.