AV: In 1966 you had a #1 hit with the song "96 Tears." How did this classic come about?[This section of transcript moved to match audio]QM: The recording took place in an outdoor patio in Bay City, Michigan on a two-track machine with no sophisticated equipment or headphones. Everybody went into a room that had big storm windows with very poor insulation and it cost us $50 to do 780 copies.I did the leg work for about eight months trying to get people to play it. I took a couple of copies to Bob Dell (disc jockey at WTAC in Flint, Michigan), but he threw them in the trash can and said it wasn't any good. I told him if 1,OOO people could hear it on the radio that they would probably like it and they were the ones who should determine if the record is good or not.Even though we were playing around the area, none of the radio stations would play it because we weren't Top 40 or nationally known. No one had to tell us that. So I said how does one get a record going? Anyway, we used to play for Bob Dell and pack them in at Mt. Holly (a ski resort that held about 2,000 people), but he wouldn't even give us a $50 raise. So after he threw "96 Tears" in the trash, we stopped playing for him and went to another club for about eight weeks. The club held about 300 and we brought our crowd with us. We would sell about twenty-five copies a night and kept asking them to request "96 Tears" on the radio.After eight weeks I went back to see Bob Dell. He came up to me and asked for a copy of "96 Tears" since he was being hounded with phone calls. So I said I already gave you two copies and he said he didn't know what had happened to them. I didn't want to embarrass him so I said I'd get him another copy. From that time on he started playing it and then calls came in from Detroit and Ann Arbor until it took off.We started getting offers from all the major labels---Capitol, Mercury, RCA---but our manager decided to go with Cameo since Chubby Checker was with them. If I had know that Cameo's existence was going to be very short, then I wouldn't have gone with them.