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Sean Bonniwell, lead singer of the 1960s Los Angeles garage-rock band Music Machine, died of lung cancer on Dec. 20 in Visalia, Calif. He was 71.

The band had the hit single “Talk Talk” in 1966.

Music Machine was considered one of the most original bands of the garage era and was an important precursor of the punk bands that would follow in the 1970s. The band started out as the Ragamuffins in 1965 but soon became known as Music Machine because of its energetic performing style. By 1967, the group began to break up. They released one album “(Turn On) The Music Machine,” which featured “Talk Talk.”