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The “First Wave” in the U.S.A.

(Visit the Wonderful “BeachBoys Gigs” Page listing all known appearances here)

The site host, Ian Rusten, also co-authored the book “The Beach Boys In Concert” which can still be purchased

James B. Murphy’s account of the Beach Boys’ early years – the beginning years, relates how it would be Dennis Wilson who lobbied for surfing songs with lyrics.  He approached Brian with his idea – basically saying that surf music (as it was it 1961) was always instrumental in nature.

This planted the seed with Brian (and others) to do exactly that – and Dennis was leaned on to provide surf jargon – name favorite surf spots – and on and on since the other Beach Boys were pretty much land locked.  Murphy tells how the surf board used for the photo shoot on the third Beach Boys’ long play “Surfer Girl” showed the Beach Boy’s holding Dennis Wilson’s board.  The board would continue to reside at the home of the Wilson’s for the next two years until sometime in 1965 when Murry Wilson contacted his son’s informing them they needed to come fetch their things – Murry was moving to the town of Whittier, California.

Dennis retrieved the board – hauled it across the street and asked a neighbor/friend to hold onto it.  The board was placed up in the rafters of the neighbor’s garage and promptly forgotten for nearly 20 years.  It was next given to a friend of the neighbor’s who was a die-hard Beach Boys fan.  From there it was loaned to the Grammy’s where it was placed on exhibition at their museum in Los Angeles for about a year in 2012.  After the Grammy exhibition was finished the board was placed on auction by Rockaway Records where it fetched a $150,000 winning bid!  The late Dennis Wilson would have been honored….

The “Board” to End All Boards

Beach Boys’ Venues

Following is a selective listing of peer-surf band/contemporaries from up and down the West Coast surfing scene who came into contact with the Beach Boys – shared billings at local venues with them – moved with them through the culture.  The discography selections below range from 1960 into 1963 – the prime ‘surfin’ music (hot rod) years in Southern California.

September 23rd, 1961 – Rendezvous Ballroom – Newport Beach

The Pendletones played a couple of songs when the headline group took a break – namely Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

Probably the first ‘public performance’ by the group who as of yet were still calling themselves “The Pendletones”.  The Del-Tones were more-or-less the ‘house band’ at the Rendezvous – and often staged surf band battles with their main competitor, “The Belairs” from the South Bay region of the Coast.  The Del-Tones were from the “Orange Coast” region.

Dick Dale and the Del-Tones

The Del-Tones would place two singles on the Hot 100 charts and two more on the ‘Bubbling Under”-type charts.  Several members moved through their ranks:

DICK DALE & DEL-TONES MEMBERS:

  • Art Munson –  also with “Big Foot” and “6680 Lexington”
  • Bill Barber Sr., – Nick O’Malley – Richard Anthony Monsour (Dick Dale) – Bill Barber – Rick Rillera
  • Nick O’Malley
  • Rick Rillera

45 – Deltone 5017 – “Let’s Go Trippin'” – Number 60 Hot 100 b/w “Del-Tone Rock” – September, 1961

45 – Deltone 5019 – “Miserlou” – Number 146 Bubbling Under b/w “Eight Till Midnight” – Released April, 1962 but charted in January, 1963

45 – Capitol 4963 – “King of the Surf Guitars” – Number 124 Bubbling Under Charts b/w “Hava Nagila” – April, 1963

45 – Capitol 5048 – “The Scavanger” – Number 98 Hot 100 b/w “Wild Ideas” – September, 1963

LP – Deltone 1001 – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – “Surfer’s Choice” – Charted Number 59 Hot 200 – November, 1962

LP – Capitol 1930 – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – “King of the Surf Guitar” – 1963

LP – Capitol 2002 – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – “Checkered Flag” – Charted Number 106 Hot 200 – October, 1963

January 6th, 1962 – the P.O.P. Dance Party with DJ Bob Eubanks in Long Beach, California

Lots of national talent appeared at this along with The Beach Boys and friendly rival “The Belairs”

THE BELAIRS MEMBERS:

  • Chaz Stuart
  • Dick Dodd (Eddie and the Showmen – The Standells)
  • Eddie Bertrand (Eddie & the Showmen)
  • George Dumas
  • Jim Roberts (The Challengers)
  • Art Fisher
  • Lonnie Fredericks (The Journeymen)
  • Paul Johnson (The Duo-Tones – The Surfaris – The Surfriders – The Good Guys and more)
  • Richard Delvy (The Challengers – The Clee-Shays – The Grand Prix – The Hardy Boys – The Quads and more)
  • Steve Lotto

45 – Arvee 5054 – The Belairs – “Volcanic Action” b/w  “Runaway” – 1962

45 – Arvee 5034 – Belairs – “Mr. Moto” – Number 135 Bubbling Under Charts b/w “Little Brown Jug” – January, 1962

45 – Triumph 54 – Bel-Airs – “Kami-Kaze” b/w Vampire” – 1963

January 12th, 1962 – Teen-Age Dance Party – Rainbow Gardens – Pamona, California

The Beach Boys with the Mixtures and The Sentinels

The Sentinels

Members:

  • Harry Sackrider
  • John Barbata (The Turtles – Jefferson Airplane – Jefferson Starship)
  • Kenny Hinkle (The Roadhouse Band – Kenny Hinkle’s Friends)
  • Tommy Nunes (Sarah 98)
  • Bobby Holmquist

45 – Era 3082 – The Sentinels – “Latin’la” b/w “Tor-Chula” – June, 1962

45 – Era 3097 – The Sentinals – “Latin Soul” b/w “Christmas Eve” – December, 1962

45 – Point 5100 – The Sentinals – “The Bee” b/w “Over You” – 1963

45 – Westco 5 – Kenny Hinkles’ Friends – “The Bee” b/w “Over You” – 1963

45 – Del-Fi – The Sentinals – “Big Surf” b/w “Sunset Beach” – February, 1963

45 – Era 3117 – The Sentinals – “Infinity” b/w “Encinada” – August, 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1232 – “Big Surf” – 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1241 – The Sentinals – “Surfer Girl” – 1963

January 25th, 1962 – Surf Nite – Angeles Mesa Presbyterian

No other surf groups at this performance but the ticket for the performance was apparently a first – the first known ticket to a Beach Boys performance   (see below)

February 10th, 1962 – P.O.P. Dance Party – Long Beach, California

The “Surfmen” appeared along with the Beach Boys and James Darren

SURFMEN MEMBERS:

  • Armon Frank
  • Ray Hunt
  • Tim Fitzpatrick (The Lively Ones)
  • Nick Drury

45 – Titan 1723 – The Surfmen – “Paradise Cove” b/w “The Ghost Hop” – February, 1962

Did not chart nationally but reached many California hit charts – Reached number 7 on Bakersfield’s KPMC in April of 1962

45 – Titan 1727 – The Surfmen – “El Toro” b/w “Malibu Run” – September, 1962

El Toro charted number 36 on KFXM in San Bernardino on October 13th, 1962

45 – Titan 1729 – The Surfmen – “The Breakers” b/w Casanova” – February, 1963

The Breakers charted number 53 on San Bernardino’s KFXM on February 9th, 1963

February 16th, 1962 – KRLA Friday Night Dance – Rainbow Gardens – Pamona, California

The Mixtures were the house band here and appeared along with the Beach Boys and the Belairs

MIXTURES MEMBERS:

  • Danny Pollock
  • Delbert Franklin
  • Chick Carlton (The Majestics)
  • Johnny Wells
  • Leroy Soto
  • Eddie de Robles
  • Randy Thomas
  • Steve Mendoza
  • Johnny Wells

45 – Linda 104 – The Mixtures – “Rainbow Stomp Part 1” b/w “Rainbow Stomp Part 2” – March, 1962

Rainbow Stomp charted number 39 on KAFY Bakersfield, California – April 21st, 1962

45 – Linda 106 – The Mixtures – “Jawbone” b/w “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” – September, 1962

45 – Linda 108 – The Mixtures – “Olive Oyl” b/w “Canadian Sunset” – November, 1962

Olive Oyl charted number 53 on KFXM San Bernardino on January 5th, 1963

45 – Linda 109 – The Mixtures – “Poochum” b/w “Tiki” – March, 1963

Tike charted number 57 on KFXM San Bernardino on March 16th, 1963

45 – Linda 113 – The Mixtures – “Chinese Checkers” b/w “Dig These Blues” – October, 1963

February 19th & 20th, 1962 – Academy Arts Theater

The Beach Boys promoting the motion picture “Surf Crazy”

Surf Crazy (1959) – Surf Classics

March 2nd, 1962 – Millikan School Auditorium – Long Beach, California

The Beach Boys promoting a showing of the motion picture “”Surf’s Up”

March 16th thru 18th, 1962 – The Monica Hotel – Santa Monica, California

The Vibrants and the Belairs appeared with the Beach Boys for this 3 night gig – The Vibrants were from the South Bay – Manhattan Beach – The Beach Boys would appear often along with both of these groups during the early start-up year of 1962.

THE VIBRANTS MEMBERS:

  • Dave Stadler
  • Jerry Sackett
  • Richard Hoffman
  • Tony Guidance

45 – The Vibrants/Vibrents – Bay Towne 409 – “The Breeze And I” b/w “Fuel Injection” – June, 1963

This was the only release on Bay Towne Records

“The Breeze and I” charted number 56 on KFXM Radio in San Bernardino on June 15th, 1963

March 31st, 1962 – Ontario National Guard Armory – Ontario, California

The Beach Boys along with The Vibrants

April 18th, 1962 – Bal-Week Easter Show – Newport High School Stadium – Newport, California

Beach Boys appearing with the Vibrants, The Biscaines and the Belairs

May 4th, 1962 – The Inglewood Women’s Club – Inglewood, California

July 3rd, 1962 – Cafeteria Dykstra Hall at the University of California UCLS – Los Angeles

DJ Roger Christian hosted this event – the Renegades played along with the Beach Boys – The Renegades were a college house band for Dykstra Hall – They were also known as “The Renegade 5”, “The Rangers” and “The Dirt Riders”.  The Renegades formed in the late 1950’s backing singer Larry Tremaine.  The band would evolve into “The Sunrays” a group managed by Murry Wilson.  There are no known recordings as “The Renegades”. (Sunrays shown)

RENEGADES MEMBERS:

  • Larry Tremaine
  • Steve O’Riley (The Sunrays)
  • Marty DiGiovanni (The Sunrays)
  • Rick Henn (The Sunrays)
  • Eddy Medora
  • Vince Hozier (The Sunrays)

The Sunrays in 1965

July 27th – Azusa Teen Club & Rainbow Gardens – Pomona, California

Beach Boys with The Paris Sisters and the Mixtures – Note the Beach Boys’ third billing on the poster

July 29th, 1962 – The Dance Pavillion – Lake Arrowhead, California

The Beach Boys appeared along with the “Tornadoes”

THE TORNADOES MEMBERS:

  • Joel Willenburg (The Lively Ones)
  • George White
  • Mike Gooch
  • Edward Rea
  • Gerald Sanders
  • Jesse Sanders
  • Leonard Delaney
  • Norman Sanders

The group formed out of Redlands, California in 1960 and were one of the few early surf groups to place a recording on the charts.

45 – Aertaun 100 – The Tornadoes – “Bustin’ Surfboards” – Number 102 Bubbling Under Charts b/w “Beyond The Surf” – October, 1962

“Beyond the Surf” was a “Hit Bound” pick for San Bernardino stations KFXM and KMEN in July of 1962

45 – Aertaun 101 – The Hollywood Tornadoes – “The Gremmie (Part 1)” b/w “The Gremmie (Part 2)” – December, 1962

45 – Aertaun 102 – The Hollywood Tornadoes – “Moon Dawg” b/w “The Inebriated Surfer” – February, 1963

45 – Aertaun 103 – The Tornadoes – “Phantom Surfer” b/w “Shootin’ Beavers” – December, 1963

“Shootin’ Beavers” was number 38 on San Bernardino radio station KFXM on February 15th, 1962 – “Phantom Surfers” was an extra pick play on the same station

LP – Josie 4005 – The Tornadoes – “Bustin’ Surfboards” – 1963

August 19th, 1962 – First Annual Surfer’s Ball – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, California

Dick Dale and the Del-Tones were the headline act followed by the Beach Boys

August 20th – 25th, 1962 – Back-To-School Jam – Teen Debutante Fashion Show – Del Amo, California

The Genteels and Kathy Linden joined the Beach Boys for this gig host by DJ’s from radio station KFWB – This was one of a series of concerts put pm by “The Broadway” retail stores at various locations  from August 20th through the 25th.

Note the tiny mention of their appearance on the advertisement

The Genteels

Members of the Genteels would later go on to form “The Good Feelins” (shown)

45 – Capitol 4798 – The Genteels – “Take It Off” b/w “Hitchhiker” – July, 1962

45 – Stag 4949 – The Genteels – “A Force of Gravity” b/w “Springboard” – Release date unknown

August 25th, 1962 – Reseda Jubilee – Resida, California

KFWB DJ Gene Weed hosted this event with Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys – One of their earliest appearances together – Brian and Jan Berry would team up to compose several Jan and Dean hits – The two below up through 1963.

45 – Liberty 55580 – “Surf City” – Number 1 Hot 100 b/w “She’s My Summer Girl”  – (Brian Wilson Co-Composer) – May, 1963

45 – Liberty 55641 – “Drag City” – Number 10 Hot 100 – (Brian Wilson Co-Composer) – November, 1963

September 11th, 1962 – Surfer’s Ball – Morgan Hall – Long Beach, California

The Beach Boys shared the bill with The Bonnavills along with a trio of solo artists.  Members unknown

45 – Question Mark 101 – The Bonnavills – “Dirty Herb” b/w “High Noon Stomp” – May, 1962

45 – Question Mark 103 – The Bonnavills – “The Bonnavills Stomp” b/w “Knock Around” – August, 1962

September 14th, 1962 – “The Howdy Hop” for Hawthorne High School and “Surfer’s Ball” at Morgan Hall in Long Beach, California

Numerous acts with the Beach Boys including the “Bonnavills” – Russ Starman has one single out on the Los Angeles label Question Mark – “Little Eva” b/w “I’ll Be Seeing You” – The Bonnavills also recorded for Question Mark.  Lonnie Belmore had one single out on Toppa Records – “Night Of Love” and “Tennesee Tempest”.

September 22nd, 1962 – Pickwick Dance Party – Recreation Center – Burbank, California

The Tornadoes joined the Beach Boys and others (Toni Fisher, Grads)  The Grads would evolve into the “Sandpipers”

September 27th, 1962 – University of South California at Los Angeles

Appeared with the Marketts/Mar-Kets – Interestingly the Beach Boys were credited in a small USC article as being the “originators of the Surfer Stomp”.

October 26th/27th, 1962 – Pandora’s Box – Los Angeles, California

The Beach Boys joined controversial comic Lenny Bruce and others

November 3rd, 1962 – Pickwick Dance Party – Recreation Center – Burbank, California

Featuring the “The Continentals” – “Valjean” and “Maureen Arthur” – with Bob Eubanks from radio station KRLA – Pickwick Recreation Center – Burbank, California – Nothing known about this group called the “Continentals”.

November 4th, 1962 – Pandora’s Box – Los Angeles, California

The Beach Boys joined their friend John Maus – future Walker Brother – along with his sister Judy – All of their recordings were behind them by this time – but of course John “Walker” had his career ahead of him

Sister Judy & Brother John

Judy and Johnny

November 9th & 10th, 1962 – Pandora’s Box – Los Angeles, California

A second appearance with the Beach Boys and John & Judy

November 21st and 22nd, 1962 – Thanksgiving Day Dance & Stomp – Hermosa Beach, California

This event took place at the Biltmore Ballroom in the Biltmore Hotel with the Journeymen joining the Beach Boys – They were not the “Journeymen” which included Papa John Phillips and Scott McKenzie – Art Fisher and Lonnie Fredericks were both members.  Fisher was a member of “The Belaires”, “The Challengers”, “The Good Guys” and “The Surfriders”.  Fredericks was also a member of “The Belairs”.

45 – Iona 1111 – “A Bag’s Groove” b/w “Work Out” – 1961

November 30th, 1962 – Alfred Goode Auditorium – Kern County Fairgrounds

Radio station KWAC event with the Marketts, the Revlons & Kenny & The Casuals – with only the Marketts being classified as a “surfing group”.

The Markets

The Marketts were the brain child of Michael Gordon who used session musicians – For appearances such as this one, a group was assembled.  Gordon was a member of “The Agates”, “The Dee Jayes” and another studio group – “The Routers” of “Let’s Go” fame.  Members of the recording version of the Routers were often also members of “The Marketts”.

45 – Union 501 – The Mar-Kts – “Surfer’s Stomp” b/w “Start” – 1961

45 – Liberty 55401 – The Mar-Kets – “Surfer’s Stomp” – Number 9 Hot 100 b/w “Start” – December, 1961

45 – Arvee 5063 – The Mar-Kets – “Beach Bum” b/w “Sweet Potatoes” – 1962

45 – Union 504 – The Marketts – “Balboa Blue” b/w “Stompede” – April, 1962

45 – Liberty 55443 – The Marketts – “Balboa Blue” – Number 48 Hot 100 – “Stompede” – April, 1962

45 – Union 507 – The Marketts – “Canadian Sunset” – b/w “Stompin’ Room Only” – September, 1962

45 – Liberty 55506 – The Marketts – “Canadian Sunset” – Number 135 Bubbling Under Charts – b/w “Stompin’ Room Only” – September, 1962

45 – Warner Bros. 5365 – The Marketts – “Woody Wagon” b/w “Cobra” – June, 1963

45 – Warner Bros. 5391 – The Marketts – “Outer Limits” (“Out of Limits”) – Number 3 Hot 100 – October, 1963

“Out of Limits” was the second pressing – When Rod Serling sued the label the name was changed

LP – Liberty 3226 – The Markets – “Surfer’s Stomp” – February, 1962

LP – Liberty 3226 – The Marketts – “The Surfing Scene” – April, 1963

(This was the second issue of “Surfer’s Stomp”)

LP – Warner Bros. 1537 – The Markettts – “Out Of Limits” – Number 37 Hot 100 – December, 1963

Kenny & The Ho-Daddies

45 – Indigo 134 – Kenny & The Ho-Daddies – “Surf Dance” b/w “Goofy Guitar” – November, 1961

Led by Kenneth Johnson who was a member of many groups including “The Rockets”, “The California Poppy Pickers”, “The Avengers”, “Limey and the Yanks”, “Homogenized Dirt” and “Chocolate Tunnel”

December 1st, 1962 – Pacific Lodge Boy’s Home Fundraiser – Fox Van Nuys Theater, Woodland Hills, California

Many musicians appeared at this fundraiser along with the Beach Boys, with the other lone ‘surfer’ band “The Lively Ones”.  They recorded more than a half-dozen singles but never landed on the national charts.  “Surf Rider” and “Rik-A-Tic” both landed on many California radio stations.

Member Joel Willenburg was also a member of the California surf group “The Tornadoes” (“Hollywood Tornadoes”).  Thomas Fitzpatrick was a member of “The Surfmen”.

The Lively ones must have had a significant local following as Del-Fi Records saw fit to release many singles and especially long plays!

45 – Del-Fi 4184 – The Lively Ones “Crying Guitar” b/w “Guitarget” – October, 1962

45 – Del-Fi 4189 – The Lively Ones – “Miserlou” b/w “Livin'” – November, 1962

45 – Del-Fi 4196 – The Lively Ones -“Surf Rider” b/w “Surfer’s Lament” – February, 1963

45 – Del-Fi 4205 – The Lively Ones – “Surfer Boogie” b/w “Rik-A-Tic” – April, 1963

45 – Del-Fi 4210 – The Lively Ones – “High Tide” b/w “Goofy Foot” – June, 1963

45 – Del-Fi 4217 – The Lively Ones – “Telstar Surf” b/w “Surf City” – July, 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1226 – The Lively Ones – “Surf Rider” – 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1231 – The Lively Ones – “Surf Drums” – 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1237 – The Lively Ones – “Surf City” – 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1238 – The Lively Ones – “The Great Surf Hits!!” – 1963

December 6th, 1962 – The Cinnamon Cinder – Long Beach, California

DJ Bob Eubanks re-opened this venue – Jan and Dean and the Challengers as well as Sandy Nelson all appeared on this date with The Beach Boys.

The Challengers

The Challengers evolved from the popular early surf band and major competitor to the Beach Boys – the Belairs (Bel-Airs)

Members included:

  • Richard Delvy
  • Randy Nauert
  • Jim Roberts (also former Belair)
  • Art Fisher – again – a former Belair and member of many groups.

Like many other popular Southern Cal surf bands – the Challengers would not attract national attention but did very well locally.

Delvy was in many other groups including “The Quads”, “The Hardy Boys”, “The Grand Prix”, “The Clee-Shays” and the “Green Slime”.

Beyond these four singles the Challengers released 14 more

45 – Lola 100 – Lee Diamond with the Challengers – “Good Old Summertime” b/w “Nothing But a Playboy” – 1962

45 – Vault 900 – The Challengers – “Torquay” b/w “Bulldog” – December, 1962

45 – Vault 902 – The Challengers – “Moondawg” b/w “Tidal Wave” – April, 1963

45 – Vault 904 – The Challengers – “Foot Tapper” b/w “On the Move” – July, 1963

LP – Vault 100 – The Challengers – “Surfbeat” – January, 1963

LP – Vault 101 – The Challengers – “Surfing With the Challengers” – April, 1963

LP – Vault 102 – The Challengers – “The Challengers On The Move (Surfing Around the World)” – July, 1963

December 27th, 1962 – Surf Fair – Civic Auditorium – Mid Winter Surfing Championships

The Beach Boys were joined by the popular Surfaris, The Surf-Tones and the Surf-Side Four & The Shenandoah’s (a folk group)

The Surfaris

The Surfaris formed in 1962 out of Glendora, California – They started off as a surf-duo with Pat Connolly and Jim Fuller while still in high school.  They would be soon joined by Ron Wilson and Bob Berryhill to round out their original lineup.

Berryhill and Fuller co-wrote their big hit “Wipe Out” and Ron Wilson took the vocals on “Surfer Joe”.  A later member, Ken Forssi, would go on to join the group “Love” out of Los Angeles.

(Two 1964 Magazine Ads for the Surfaris)

45 – DFS 11 – The Surfaris – “Surfer Joe” b/w “Wipe Out” – January, 1963

This version of “Surfer Joe” contains additional versions over the hit released on Dot and the version on Princess – running nearly one and half minutes longer

45 – Princess 50 – The Surfaris – “Surfer Joe” b/w “Wipe Out” – February, 1963

45 – Dot 16479 – The Surfaris – Dot 16479 – “Wipe Out” – Charted Number 2 – b/w “Surfer Joe” – Charted Number 62 – April, 1963

45 – Decca 31538 – The Surfaris – “Point Panic” – Charted Number 49 Hot 100 b/w “Waikiki Run” – September, 1963

45 Extended Play – Decca 2765 – “The Surfaris” – October, 1963

45 – Decca 31561 – The Surfaris – “A Surfer’s Christmas List” b/w “Santa’s Speed Shop”

The Surfaris released this surfing Christmas song a month before the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick”

45 – Decca 31561 – The Surfaris – “I Wanna Take A Trip To the Islands” Charted Number 149 b/w “Scatter Shield” – Charted Number 115 Bubbling Under Charts – December, 1963

LP – Dot 25,535 – The Surfaris – “Wipe Out & Surfer Joe” – Charted Number 15 Hot 200 – July, 1963

LP – Decca 4470 – The Surfaris – “The Surfaris Play Wipe Out – Point Panic – Waikiki Run – Surfer Joe” – Charted Number 49 Hot 200 – October, 1963

LP – Decca 4487 – The Surfaris – “Hit City ’64” – December, 1963

The Surf Tones

They started off as “The Surftones” and then added Dave Myers – Other members included Dennis Merritt, Johnny Curtis, Bob Colwell, Ed Quarry and Seaton Blanco

Myers also fronted “The Disciples” & the “Dave Myers Effect” both groups which included most of these Surftones members

45 – Impact 27 – Dave Myers & His Surf Tones – “Church Key” b/w “Passion” – 1963

LP – Del-Fi 1239 – The Surftones – “Hangin’ Twenty” – 1963

LP – Northridge 101 – The Surftones (& Others) – “The Surfs Up At Banzai-Pipeline” – 1963

The Surfside Four

45 – Cloister 6202 – The Surfside Four – “Surf Fair” b/w Surfboard” – 1962

Future Walker Brothers John Stewart and Scott Engel composed the “A” side of this single

February 2nd, 1963 – 4th Annual March of Dimes Benefit – Swing Auditorium – San Bernardino, California

Hosted by radio station KFXM – Dick Dale, Jan & Dean, The Moments, The Tornadoes, The Ramblers, The Chantays, The Sa-Shays, The Furys, The Rollers, The Ribbons and the Beach Boys all made appearances along with many national groups.  Dick Dale and His Del-Tones were considered the premier act.

1963 - Beach Boys Gigs

The Moments

This was a vocal group headed up by Darlene Love – included here due to their one shot at a surfin’ recording

45 – Era 3114 – The Moments – “Surfin’ Train” b/w “Mamu Zey” – 1963

The Chantays

The Chantays formed in 1961 – all high school chums from Santa Ana High

Original Members:

  • Bob Spickard
  • Warren Waters (earlier with “The Warrior”)
  • Bob Welch
  • Brian Carman

45 – Downey 104 – The Chantays – “Pipeline” b/w “Move It” – December, 1962

45 – Dot 16440 – The Chantays – “Pipeline” – Charted Number 26 Hot 100 – “Move It” – January, 1963

45 – Downey 108 – The Chantays – “Monsoon” b/w “Scotch High’s” – May, 1963

45 – Dot 16492 – The Chantays – “Monson” – Charted Number 122 – Hot 100 – b/w “Scotch High’s – May, 1963

LP – Dot 25516 – The Chantays – “Pipeline” – Charted Number 26 Hot 200 – April, 1963

LP – Dot 3771 – The Chantays – “Two Sides Of the Chantays” – 1963

The Rollers

Members:

  • Willie Willingham
  • Eddie Wilson
  • Al Wilson
  • Don Sampson

45 – Liberty 55303 – The Rollers – “Bonneville” b/w Got My Eye On You” – January, 1961

February 7th-10th, 1963 – Rod & Custom Car Show Western Exhibit Center – Los Angeles, California

The Beach Boys appeared with the Champs each of the four days according to the ad and possibly “The Royal Monarchs”

The Royale Monarchs

45 – Dell 101 – The Royale Monarchs – “Sombrero Stomp” Charted on Palmdale, California radio station KDUF – b/w “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” – September, 1962

45 – Dell Star 102 – The Royale Monarchs – “(Hey) Surf’s Up” b/w My Babe” – 1963

Members:

  • Dan Anthony
  • Roger Stafford

February 16th, 1963 – KFWB Charity Show – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

Many acts performed at this event as did the Routers and Dick Dale and His Del-Tones along with the Beach Boys – Brian’s high school classmate Christ Montez was on the bill as well

The Routers

The Routers formed in 1961 by the fellow who formed the Marketts (Michael Gordon) and like the Marketts, the Routers were essentially a studio group – And when it came time to make appearances – musicians had to be assembled and taught the tunes that were being recorded

Members:

  • Michael Zane Gordon
  • Scott English (would become “Scott Walker” of the Walker Brothers)
  • Lynn Fraser
  • Al Kait
  • Randy Viers

Scott English would also be in groups “The Fumblers”, “The Ginos”, “The Playboys”, and the “The Strangers”

45 – Warner Bros. 5283 – The Routers – “Let’s Go (Pony)” – Charted Number 19 Hot 100 b/w “Mashy” – June, 1962

45 – Warner Bros. 5332 – The Routers -“Half Time” Charted Number – b/w “Make It Snappy” – 115 Bubbling Under Charts – January, 1963

45 – Warner Bros. 5349 – The Routers – “Sting Ray” b/w “Snap Happy” – March, 1963

45 – Warner Bros. 5379 – The Routers – “Big Band” Charted Number 137 Bubbling Under Charts – b/w “O-Ooga” – July, 1963

45 – Warner Bros. 5403 – The Routers – “Snap, Crackle and Pop” b/w “Amoeba” – December, 1963

LP – Warner Bros. 1490 – The Routers – “Let’s Go With The Routers” Charted Number 104 Hot 200 – February, 1963

LP – Warner Bros. 1524 – The Routers – “The Routers Play 1963’s Great Instrumental Hits” – November, 1963

February, 1963 – The Score – Alhambra, California

The Rumblers appeared with the Beach Boys

Members:

  • Dave Allen (also in “The Blazers”)
  • Adrian Lloyd (would front “Adrian & The Sunsets”)
  • Bob Jones
  • Johnny Kirkland
  • Mike Kelishes
  • Wayne Matteson

The group also recorded as “Little Johnny & the Rumblers” in 1964 – They had their moment in the spotlight with their 1963 hit “Boss”.  The track was very popular in California charting on many station’s Top 10 and reaching number 1 on KYNO in Fresno, California.

45 – Highland 1026 – The Rumblers – “Intersection” b/w “Stomping Time” – 1962

45 – Downey 103 – The Rumblers – “Boss” b/w “I Don’t Need You No More” – September, 1962

45 – Dot 16421 – The Rumblers – “Boss” Charted Number 87 Hot 100 – b/w “I Don’t Need You No More” – November, 1962

45 – Downey 106 – The Rumblers – “Boss Strikes Back” b/w “Sorry (For The Way I Treated You)” – February, 1963

45 – Dot 16455 – The Rumblers – “Boss Strikes Back” b/w “Sorry (For The Way I Treated You)” – February, 1963

45 – Downey 107 – The Rumblers – “Bugged” b/w “Angry Sea (Waimea)” – April, 1963

45 – Dot 16480 – The Rumblers – “Bugged” b/w “Angry Sea (Waimea)” – May, 1963

45 – Downey 111 – The Rumblers – “It’s A Gas” b/w “Tootnanny” – August, 1963

45 – Dot 16521 – The Rumblers – “It’s A Gas” b/w “Tootenanny” – August, 1963

LP Dot 25509 – The Rumblers – “Boss” – April, 1963

March 30th, 1963 – Denno’s Record Store – Garden Grove, California

April, 1963 – (Location Unknown) 

The Vulcanes/Vulcaines

The Beach Boys appeared at least on one occasion with this surf band – The band released five additional singles after 1963 a handful of which would chart on local radio stations.

45 – Goliath 1348 – The Vulcanes – “Public Record #1” b/w “Stomp Sign” – December, 1962

45 – Goliath 1350 – The Vulcaines – “Last Prom” b/w “Cozimotto” – 1963

April, 1963 (Location Unknown)

The Galaxies/Thom Starr & The Galaxies

The Beach Boys appeared at least on one occasion with this surf band

Members:

  • Chaz Stuart (The Belairs(
  • Doug Hensen
  • Jim Boyle
  • Skip Hand
  • Paul Johnson (Dave Allen and the Arrows – The Packards – The Ball Bearings – The Duo-Tones – The Belairs)
  • Phil Pruden (The Challengers)
  • Ray Brown
  • Thom Starr
  • Steve Pugh (Evergreen Fullness)

Johnson – Pruden shown below

April 19th, 1963 – The Aragon Ballroom – Pacific Ocean Park – Santa Monica, California

The Beach Boys were paired up with The Challengers

April 20th, 1963 – The Felton Intermediate School Dance – Lennox, California

May 29th, 1963 – Buc’s Gym – Bellflower High School – Bellflower, California & Pacific High School – San Bernardino, California

A couple of high school dances on the same day – accompanied by Jan and Dean

July, 1963 – The Civic Auditorium – Pasadena, California

Speedy and the Reverbs shared the bill with The Beach Boys – They were from Whittier, California

  • Dennis McLellend – rhythm guitar

45 – Reverb 51 – Speedy & The Reverbs – “100 Proof” b/w “Gas Chamber” – December, 1963

July, 1963 (exact date unknown) – Skate-O-Rama – Downey, California

The Beach Boys played at least one gig with The Blazers out of Fullerton, California

Members:

  • Kathy Marshall (13 year-old guitar player at the time)
  • Dave Allen (The Rumblers)
  • Vern Acree

45 – Acree 101 – The Blazers – “Beaver Patrol” b/w “Shore Break” – July, 1963

(This single was banned on local radio stations for the most part)

45 – Acree 102 – The Blazers – “Sound of Mecca” b/w “Bangalore” – July, 1963

July 11th, 1963 – The Retail Clerk’s Union Hall – Buena Park, California

The Astronauts shared the bill with The Beach Boys – Reportedly the Beach Boys were not too fond of the Colorado wanna-be surfers

The Astronauts

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Unlike most of the other early surf/hot rod groups that appeared at early Beach Boys’ events, the Astronauts were outsiders from Boulder, Colorado.  They began life as “The Stormtroupers” in 1960

Members:

  • Bob Demmon
  • John “Stormy” Patterson
  • Jim Gallagher
  • Dick Sellars
  • Rich Fifield (came after they changed their name to the Astronauts)
  • Dennis Lindsey (was considered an almost original – replacing Dick Sellers early on before their surf and hot rod days

The group spent considerable time in southern California – making appearances and being cast in a few of the surf-oriented movies.  They charted in many states and even reached the number 1 position for “Baja” in Denver, Colorado – but never really caught on in California – In Japan, however, they were more popular than the Beach Boys!

45 – Palladium 610 – The Astronauts – “Come Along Baby” b/w “Tryin’ To Get To You” – May, 1961

45 – RCA Victor 8194 – The Astronauts – “Baja” Charted Number 94 Hot 100 b/w “Kuk” – May, 1963

45 – RCA Victor 8224 – The Astronauts – “Hot Doggin'” Charted Number 101 Bubbling Under Charts – August, 1963

45 – RCA Victor 8298 – The Astronauts – “Competition Coupe” Charted Number 124 Bubbling Under Charts – February, 1963

LP – RCA Victor 2760 – The Astronauts – “Surfin’ With the Astronauts” – Charted Number 61 Hot 200 – May, 1963

LP – RCA Victor 2782 – The Astronauts – “Everything Is A-OK!” – Charted Number 100 Hot 200 – December, 1963

July 12th, 1963 – Hawaiian Holidays – Orange County Fairgrounds – Costa, Mesa, California

The Beach Boys shared the bill with Adrian and the Sunsets

Adrian and the Sunsets

Members:

  • Adrian Lloyd (The Rumblers)
  • Bruce Riddar
  • Clyde Brown
  • Dick Lambert
  • Ron Eglit (was a member of Old Glory in 1976)

45 – Sunset 602 – Adrian & The Sunsets – “Breakthrough” b/w “Cherry Pie” – October, 1963

45 – Sunset 603 – Adrian Lloyd and the Sunsets – “Justine” b/w “Me Better Than You” – 1963

July 13th, 1963 – Veteran’s Memorial Hall – Santa Monica, California 

The Beach Boys along with The Honeys and The Four Speeds

The Four Speeds

Mike Borchetta and Gary Usher made up this duo.  Brian and Dennis Wilson may have played on “R.P.M.”  Photos of a full group were staged for publicity purposes.  Gary Usher would perform the song “R.P.M.” live using pick-up musicians.

Usher would head up many surf/hot rod era ‘groups’ including “Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos”, “The Competitors”, “The Go-Go’s”, “The Revels”, “The Silly Surfers”, “The Super Stocks”, “The Wheel Men”, “The Road Runners” and more!

45 – Challenge 9187 – The Four Speeds – “R.P.M.” Charted Number 128 Bubbling Under Charts – b/w “My Sting Ray” – February, 1963

45 – Challenge 9202 – The Four Speeds – “Four On the Floor” b/w “Cheater Slicks” – May, 1963

The Honeys

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Members:

  • Marilyn Rovelle (Spring)
  • Diane Rovelle (Spring)
  • Ginger Blake (Ginger and the Snaps)

The two sisters along with their cousin would form this group – a move that was not much appreciated by the other Beach Boys – Brian would eventually marry Marilyn – All three girls were under 16 when Brian made their acquaintance via Marilyn who he met at a Beach Boys performance at Pandora’s Box in October of 1962.

45 – Capitol 4952 – The Honeys – “Shoot The Curl” b/w “Surfin’ Down The Swanee River”

Both sides charted on California radio stations and “Shoot the Curl” charted as far away as Miami, Florida on WQAM.  Only a couple of hundred copies of this sleeve (if that many) were printed making it very sought after.

45 – Capitol 5034 – The Honeys – “Pray For Surf” b/w “(Oly Oxen Free Free Free) Hide Go Seek” – September, 1963

“Pray For Surf” charted in California and Chester, Pennsylvania

45 – Capitol 5093 – The Honeys – “The One You Can’t Have” b/w From Jimmy With Tears” – December, 1963

Probably sensing their ‘surf days’ were coming to an end they moved into the ‘girl group’ genre.

August 31st, 1963 – Show of Stars Spectacular – Los Angeles Sports Arena

The Challengers and Cornells surf band joined the Beach Boys in this impressive program

October 5th, 1963 – Surfin’ At The Bowl – Balboa Park Bowl – San Diego, California

The Beach Boys with Eddie and the Showmen and The Honeys – The motion picture “Once Upon a Wave” was also shown

Once Upon a Wave (1963) – Surf Classics

Eddie & The Showmen

Members:

  • Eddie Bertrand (The Belairs)
  • Eric Gies (Space – The Humans – The Ninja Nomads)
  • Sterling Storm (The Humans – Space)
  • Dick Dodd (was with the Standells and the Belairs)
  • John Anderson (The Baymen – The Clee Shays – The Humans – The Neon Spores – Space and The Ninja Nomads)
  • Robe Edwards (Colours – The Clee-Shays)

Dick Dodd was a Mousketeer as a youth

45 – Liberty 55566 – Eddie & The Showmen – “Toes On The Nose” b/w “Border Town” – April, 1963

45 – Liberty 55608 – Eddie & The Showmen – “Squad Car” b/w “Scratch” – August, 1963

45 – Liberty 55659 – Eddie & The Showmen – “Mr. Rebel” b/w “Movin'” – December, 1963

October 19th, 1963 – Y Day Concert – Hollywood Bowl 

The Beach Boys appeared with a great surfin’ line-up including The Mixtures, Eddie & The Showmen, The Honeys, The Challangers, The Surfaris, Jan and Dean and The Cornells

As this photo from the event shows, David Marks was no longer with the group being fully replaced by Al Jardine.  Wikipedia account place Marks’ departure in August of 1963 but he was with the band on their October 5th, 1963 appearance in San Diego – It would be his final appearance.

Missing the Marks

The Cornells

Members:

  • Peter Lewis (was a founding member of Moby Grape)
  • Bob Linkletter
  • Jim O’Keefe
  • Charlie Cornell
  • Tom Crumplar

The band members with the exception of Crumplar were from Hollywood celebrity families.  The Also performed as “The Surf Riders”

45 – Garex 100 – The Cornells – “Wak-A-Cha” b/w Mama’s Little Baby” – 1962

45 – Garex 102 – The Cornells – “Agua Caliente (Hot Water)”  b/w “Malibu Surf” – December, 1962

Agua Caliente charted locally on San Bernardino radio station KFXM

45 – Garex 201 – The Cornells – “Lone Star Stomp (Deep In The Heart Of Texas)” – b/w “Beachbound” – April, 1963

45 – United Artists 49 – The Cornells – “Lone Star Stomp (Deep In The Heart Of Texas)” – b/w “Beachbound” – April, 1963

45 – Garex 206 – The Cornells – “Do The Slauson” b/w “Surf Fever” – December, 1963

October 23rd, 1963 – Santa Maria High School – Santa Maria, California

Beach Boys appearance with Jan and Dean and The Honeys

November 15th, 1963 – Wallich’s Music City – South Bay Center – Los Angeles, California

Many artists appearing here with the Beach Boys including The Surfaris, The Ventures and Dick Dale

The Ventures

The Ventures were by no means a ‘surf group’ but they moved into the genre comfortably on one single and one long play.

45 – Dolton 78 – The Ventures – “The Ninth Wave” b/w “Damaged Goods” – May, 1963

LP – Dolton 2022 – The Ventures – “Surfing” – Charted Number 30 Hot 200 – May, 1963

November 22nd, 1963 – Marysville Memorial Auditorium – Morningside, California

The Beach Boys with Freddie & The Statics

November 23rd, 1963 – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium 

This appearance was cancelled due to JFK’s assassination – It was rescheduled for December 21st

1963 - Beach Boys Gigs

November 30th, 1963 – The Municipal Auditorium – San Bernardino, California

The Beach Boys with the Astronauts from Colorado  – This is the concert that Astronaut Bob Demming told author James Murphy that the Astronauts played – stayed around to watch the Beach Boys and got up and departed because the Beach Boys were so talent-less.

Further he said that later down the road Brian Wilson told Demming that it was because of the Astronauts’ reaction that he realized the Beach Boys would have to get better.  Astronaut drummer Jim Gallagher  – when told of this in April of 2020 – said that the tale was typical of the late Demming – but never happened.

December 31st, 1963 – The Cinnamon Cinder – San Bernardino, California

This was the final Beach Boys’ appearance in California or anywhere for 1963!

 

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