[Interview Transcript from the book "Psychedelic Psounds". First part of interview is available at http://av.cah.utexas.edu/index.php/Vorda:Da_00119] QM: I had written "96 Tears" several years before and it was like the song was just waiting for its time. I had a tape recorder in my room and I would sing the lyrics which had taken many hours to write. "96 Tears" was one of those songs. What I wanted to do was learn how to play an instrument so I could sing and play at the same time. So I went out in search of someone to teach me the piano, but I couldn't find anyone to teach me since everyone I approached said you had to start with "Mary had a Little Lamb." On this one occasion I went to this man who was about sixty years old and lived on the rich side of town. When I got there he said I had to start with "Mary had a Little Lamb," but I said I didn't have time for that. I have these lyrics in my head and I want to know how to play the music to go along with them so I can play them. He asked me to sing one of my songs and when I sang "96 Tears" he played the chords. That was the first time I heard the music come alive with my lyrics. I said "Yeah, how do I do that?" He said I had to start from the beginning and to come back next week, but I knew I was never going to go back there.Then I had to try and find somebody to play the music, but at that time in 1962 there were mostly single artists making records and everybody else was forty or fifty years old. So for many years "96 Tears" was kept in the dark.The actual recording of "96 Tears" in 1966 is a different story. The Mysterians had formed in 1962 and we had asked our manager, Lily Gonzales, if we would record in 1965, but she said we weren't ready. I had known Lily when I was very small because she owned a neighborhood grocery and later had a small label that had Mexican music. So I went back to her in l966 and played her a tape and she said she would record us next week. Unfortunately, Rob Martinez (the drummer) and Larry Borjas (the guitar player) had just enlisted in the U.S. Army during a big draft recall. So I got Eddie Serrato and Frank Lugo, but they couldn't learn the material in just one night. We had one night to come up with a song, but everything sounded the same. Then the keyboard player happened to play the opening chords, but I said no since I had heard it before and I didn't think it was original material. So for about forty-five minutes I tried to remember where I had heard that music before and I asked Frank Rodriguez to play it again. Then it dawned on me that those were the chords the old man had played and I had written the song a long time ago and it goes like this. (? snaps his fingers.) It was just like that.