A Picture of Me 50th Anniversary reissue

The spectacular remastered digital reissue of Sonobeat's first 45 RPM single release
Sonobeat's first 45 RPM single release, A Picture of Me by the Sweetarts, released in September 1967
Sonobeat's first 45 RPM single (1967)

Fifty years ago, in the first week of September 1967, Sonobeat Recording Company officially launches its Austin, Texas-based label, Sonobeat Records, with the Sweetarts' single, A Picture of Me backed with Without You. One of Austin's most popular club and frat bands of the mid-'60s, the Sweetarts feature University of Texas students Dwight Dow (drums), Ernie Gammage (guitars and lead vocals), Mike Galbraith (vocals and percussion), Tom Van Zandt (keyboards), and Pat Whitefield (bass). Both sides of the 'Tarts Sonobeat single are original tunes written by band co-founder Ernie Gammage. For the remainder of 2017, we're celebrating the Sweetarts by taking a look back at the band and its members and catching up with them today.

Sweetarts Celebration

For its 50th anniversary digital reissue, we’ve had A Picture of Me remastered by Colin Leonard at SING Mastering in Atlanta, Georgia. Colin’s impressive mastering credits include albums and singles by Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Icona Pop, Mastodon, Indigo Girls, and Gucci Mane. A Picture of Me is now available on the world’s leading download and streaming platforms: in addition to iTunes and Apple Music, the remastered single is available on 24-7, 7digital, 8tracks, Akazoo, Amazon MP3, Anghami, AWA, Deezer, Google Music Store, iMusica, Inprodicon, Kdigital, kkbox, Kuack, Line Music, MediaNet, Napster, Pandora, Saavn, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Tidal, Yandex, and YouTube Music. A Picture of Me is Sonobeat Historical Archives’ first Mastered for iTunes digital reissue, encoded directly from a high resolution 88.2kHz/24bit transfer from Sonobeat’s original analog session master tape. Mastered for iTunes is Apple’s premium music delivery format. The flip side, Without You, is also freshly remastered for the 2017 reissue.

Get Sweetarts on digital now

A Picture Of Me (2017 remaster)

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Without You (2017 remaster)

The Sweetarts get together – in August 2017, 50 years after the release of A Picture of Me – to recreate the single sleeve
photo by Johnny Gammage