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May 27, 2020
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The Mystics

What do Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel and Jay Traynor of Jay & The Americans have in common?

They both briefly were the lead singer for the Mystics!

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The Mystics started off in Brooklyn, New York as the “Overons” but settled down with a name change and a record label – Laurie Records with Robert Ferrante, Phil Cracolici, Albee Cracolici, George Galfo and Allie Contrera being recognized as the stable first lineup,   The group scouted around for opportunities and were taken to the cleaners when a promoter convinced them to raise a thousand dollars in order to enter a recording studio.

Pre-Mystics included Tony Carosella, Tony Armato, Joe Strobel and a few others,

The session resulted in four recordings but the Overons were now broke and were no better off than before they entered the studio.  The next connected with Jim Gribble who heard them in the studio was a talent scout and liked their sound and so went to bat for them first getting them to decide on a new name – which they did – coming up with “The Mystics” and then securing a record label deal with Laurie Records.

They took their demonstration tracks to Laurie so not all was lost for their thousand dollar misadventure.  Their first Laurie session resulted in two songs “Wimoweh” and “Adam and Eve”.  “Wimoweh” preceded the version which would become a hit for a group out of Brighton Beach, The Tokens and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Original Recordings) - KKBOX

“Adam and Eve” was okay but Laurie wanted something a bit better for an “A” side and so approached two Brill Building composers – Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.  Mort was familiar with the group due to living in the same neighborhood.

Shuman & Pomus

Seemed like a good plan and Doc and Mort quickly delivered a gem “Teenager In Love”.  But Laurie management stepped in and decided to give the song to another group in their stable – Dion and the Belmonts who had already hit with “I Wonder Why”, “No One Knows” and “Don’t Pity Me”.

A disappointed group of Mystics didn’t have to wait long.  Laurie suggested that something more along the lines of “Little Star” which was recorded by the Elegants in June of 1958 released on the Apt record label – a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records.

The very next day Mort and Doc delivered “Hushabye” and the Mystics had their hit record.

Laurie had been keeping the Mystics busy with back-up sessions for other musicians (see discography), but now with a record climbing the charts, attention was turned back to the group itself.  The group was hopeful that they would be permitted to record a full album – but once again Laurie provided that opportunity instead to Dion and the Belmonts.

There would be many program appearances around the New York and New Jersey area and some national exposure.  The group next came into the studio to record “All Through the Night” and they were now joined by Paul Simon who often frequented the office of the group’s manager.  Paul sang on “All Through the Night” and took the lead part on “Let Me Steal Your Heart Away”.  Some sources site Simon as making a “guest appearance” with the Mystics but more informed sources state that Paul was definitely a member of the group though for a short time.

“Last Night I Took A Walk After Dark”

By the Spring of 1960 – Simon was gone to be replaced by Jay Traynor future lead singer for “Jay and the Americans”.  He would front the group leading on three tracks.  Traynor didn’t remain for long – feeling that he was an outsider.  He departed to join some members of a group called “The Harbor Lights” to form Jay and the Americans.

The Original Harbor Lights

The Mystics would next select Eddie Falcone as their new lead voice.  He had been a member of a group called the “Del Rays”.  Again, the Mystics would quickly lose yet another lead with Falcone moving on.  Enter song writer Ralph Lizano who had a song for the group which they liked “Darling I Know Now” – and they apparently were impressed with Lizano and so he took lead duties for the song along with two others.

In a rather strange move George Galfo and Allie Contrera of the Mystics joined forces with two members of a group called “The Videls” – Pete Andreoli and Vinny Poncia to perform as either the Videls or the Mystics!  The four were even joined by a female singer for a short time in order to obtain a sound close to the popular Pennsylvania group the Skyliners.  Andreoli and Poncia were both members of the “Trade Winds” of “New York’s A Lonely Town” fame.

They also recorded as “The Innocence” and as “Pete and Vinnie” In 1963 when they released a song on Big Top “Hand Clapin’ Time” with members of the Mystics backing them.

The Videls with Andreoli and Poncia

Change continued for the Mystics and more singers would pass through including Joe Esposito, Eddie Hockinson and Bruce Sudano – all with the group in the 1970’s.  Those three would travel to California and become the trio “Brooklyn Dreams” and found work singing background for disco singer Donna Summer!  Sudano took it a little further, marrying Donna!

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Summer and Sudano

Bruce Sudano would become a member of “Alive ‘n’ Kicking”, a group out of Brooklyn (where else?) formed in 1968 – Bruce was a teenager at the time.

Sudano with Alive ‘n’ Kicking (4th from Left)

Further, the three former Mystics appeared in the 1978 motion picture “American Hot Wax” appearing as “Professor LaPlano and the Planotones” performing “Rock and Roll is Here To Stay” (below)

The Planotones

As time rolled on into the following decades, John Tarangelo, Emil Stuccio and Joey Napoli would all supplement the Mystics at appearances.  Tarangelo teamed up with earlier Mystics Bob Ferrante, Phil Cracolici, Albe Cracolici and Al Contrera to record an album in 1981.

The Mystics Selected Discography

45 – Laurie 3028 – Hushabye – Number 20 Hot 100 b/w Adam and Eve – April, 1958

45 – Laurie 3038 – Don’t Take The Stars – Number 98 Hot 100 b/w So Tenderly – September, 1959

45 – Laurie 3047 – All Through The Night – Number 107 Bubbling Under Charts b/w (I Begin) To Think Again Of You – February, 1960

Paul Simon on lead vocals

45 – Laurie 3058 – White Cliffs Of Dover b/w Blue Star – June, 1960

Jay Traynor on lead vocals

45 – Laurie 3086 – Goodbye Mr. Blues b/w Star Crossed Lovers – March, 1961

45 – Laurie 3104 – A Sunday Kind Of Love b/w Darling I Know – August, 1961

45 – Roulette 7078 – Alive and Kicking – Tighter and Tighter – Number 7 Hot 100 b/w Sunday Morning – May, 1970

45 – Roulette 7087 – Alive and Kicking – Just Let It Come – Number 69 Hot 100 b/w Mother Carey’s Chicken – September, 1970

45 – Roulette 7094 – Alive ‘N’ Kicking – London Bridge b/w You Gave Me Something – December, 1970

LP – Roulette 42052 – Alive ‘N’ Kickin’ – Alive ‘N’ Kickin – Number 129 Hot 200 – 1970

45 – Millennium 606 – The Brooklyn Dreams – Sad Eyes Number 63 Hot 100 b/w Hollywood Circles – December, 1977

LP – Millennium 8002 – Brooklyn Dreams – 1977

45 –  Millennium 610 – The Brooklyn Dreams – Music, Harmony and Rhythm – Number 57 Hot 100 b/w Old Fashioned Girl – February, 1978

45 – Casablanca 959 – Donna Summer with the Brooklyn Dreams – Heaven Knows – Number 4 Hot 100 – Number 10 R&B b/w Only One Man – December, 1978

45 – Casablanca 962 – The Brooklyn Dreams – Make It Last – Number 69 Hot 100 b/w Long Distance – January, 1979

LP – Casablanca 7135 – The Brooklyn Dreams – Sleepless Nights – Number 151 Hot 200 – 1979

LP – Casablanca 7165 – The Brooklyn Dreams – Joy Ride – 1979

Tape Cassette LP – Laurie 7200 – Collector’s Records Of The 50’s and 60’s Vol. 6 – with Goodbye Mister Blues – 1979

LP – Casablanca 7226 – The Brooklyn Dream – Won’t Let Go – 1980

45 – Ambient Sound 2871 – Now That Summer Is Here b/w Prayer To An Angel – April, 1982

LP – Ambient Sound 37716 – Crazy For You – 1982

45 EP – They Sang In Brooklyn 2/502 – Big Brown Eyes (plus three by others) – June, 1992

45 – Laurie 3025 – Judy Allen (with the Mystics) – Sentimental Me b/w Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree – March, 1959

45 – Laurie 3029 – Scott Garrett (with the Mystics) – Love Story b/w Graduation Souvenirs – May, 1959

45 – Laurie 3031 – Rusty Lane (with the Mystics) – Comes The Day b/w Karen – July, 1959

Karl Zeeb Jr.

45 – Cub 9052 – Rocky Hart (with the Mystics) – Come With Me – October, 1959 (flip side has The Passions backing up Hart)

45 – Big Top 3155 – Pete Andreoli and Vinnie Poncia with Members of the Mystics – Hand Clappin’ Time (Part 1) b/w Hand Clappin’ Time (Part 2) – July, 1963

45 – MGM 13227 – Connie Francis (with the Mystics) – Tommy – April, 1964

 

Beached!

May 17, 2020
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Brian-less Beach Boys

In the beginning there were the Beach Boys (“Pendeltones/Surfers”) with Al Jardine – Then there was the Beach Boys without Jardine – replaced by David Marks.

And then David Marks was gone replaced by Al Jardine…. Well, not quite.

The Early Days – Pre-Beach Boys

Because along the way with these comings and goings – there was Al Jardine AND David Marks….. without Brian Wilson!  An interesting side note – very early on in the career of the Beach Boys, it was the young Dennis Wilson who the band considered not retaining in the group.  Dennis didn’t particularly like to rehearse was not a drummer of any considerable merit…..

The ‘Wild” Beach Boy!

But!  He was a surfer and was the driving spirit behind the group – first suggesting that the group needed to record a surfing song with words because – in general – no one was recording anything but instrumentals.

Sometime into 1963 David Marks’ parents began to not trust Murry Wilson when it came to fairly paying their son.  A lot of friction was brewing

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Easy Going Audree Wilson and Not-So-Easy-Murry

In the meantime the Beach Boys were now occasionally venturing outside of the their California stomping grounds performing in Arizona (January) and the State of Washington (March) – with Brian Wilson part of the group.  These excursions were brief – usually with just a few performances before heading home.

Then came the time to take the act to other States based on considerable recording success – Their debut long play “Surfin’ Safari” had made it to the number 32 chart position on Billboard and five of their singles had found their way onto the Hot 100 – with “Surfin’ U.S.A.” going all the way to number 3.

So the Beach Boys were all set to hit the road big time but their was a hiccup:  Group leader Brian Wilson did not want to go!  And indeed he would not go.  This rocked the band’s confidence – How could they tour without Brian’s leadership and his soaring lead falsetto’s?  Brian was much more interested in diving into the recording studio or working on his compositions – or working with other artists.

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Barry – Love – ? Dean – Brian and Marks

So Brian placed a call to Al Jardine and asked him to take his place on the tour.  Al agreed and recalled that when he showed up at the airport in California to join the group he thought he would receive a hero’s welcome – but a suspicious Murry Wilson provided him with a frosty reception – like he was an outsider.

The tour proceeded – with Al taking Brian’s vocal parts – and so we now had Dennis, Carl, Mike and Al along with David Marks!  Publicity photos run by newspapers on the tour route would naturally show the usual five Beach Boys without Al Jardine such as this May 3rd ad from Excelsior Park, Minnesota.

Capitol Records never publicized the Jardine replacement and certainly didn’t release photos of the group sans Brian.  But a few shots taken during various performances outside California indeed show the Jardine/Marks tandem without Brian.

Sacramento, California – May, 1963

Marks and Jardine – side by side June, 1963 Hawaii

Hawaii – June 17, 1963

In fact, there were a few California performances during this period of time which attest that Brian sometimes skipped performances in his home State.

The Explosion between Marks and Murry came on August 22nd, 1963 – when Marks during a rage quit the Beach Boys.  But his resignation didn’t take affect immediately – He remained on for more than a month – and 10 more performances.Below he is shown just three days after quitting, on August 25th in Sageville, Iowa – again with Jardine and minus Brian who again had remained home.

August 25th, 1963 – Iowa

September 28th, 1963 – Cow Palace – San Francisco

David Marks’ Final Beach Boys Appearance – October 5th, 1963 – San Diego

The Hollywood Bowl – October 19th, 1963 – Brian is Back and David Marks is No More

And so the Beach Boys would carry on – Touring still was difficult for Brian and that coupled with his personal problems would often interfere with his participation.  The band would get a big boost in April of 1965, taking the place of temporary member Glen Campbell – who was with the group from late 1964 until the Spring of 1965.

It was a testament to Carl Wilson guitar talent that Campbell assumed Brian’s bass duties – with Glen being one of the premier guitar players in the world!

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Beach Boy Campbell

Glen had been serving as the lead falsetto singer a role that Bruce would assume.  Johnstons’ first big lead vocal part would be on the hugely successful “California Girls”.  Bruce would remain with the Beach Boys from 1965 into 1972 before once again going solo.

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New Vocalist/Bass Player Johnston – 2nd from Left

And finally, on February 12th, 2012 – Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love and David Marks would come together to record one final time and appear on 2012 Grammy Awards.  From there is was back to feuding and fightin’…

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The Last Wave – 2012

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May 16, 2020
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The Beach Boys & Peers 1961-1963 Venues & Performances

(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.

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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 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

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

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!

 

Beach Boys in the 70’s

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Beyond the Surf!

Beach Boy U.S. Discography (Group) & Related Recordings 1970 thru 1979

Here is an updated chronological (as close as can be determined) listing of the Beach Boys’ U.S. near-total discography during the decade of the 70’s – now including solo efforts and recordings by others doing Beach Boy involvement recordings.

The Post 1980 output for the Beach Boys – especially the digital output via CD’s – is staggering compared to what came before in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

I have added trade ads and sheet music where known – Working to complete the Beach Boys discographies in the 80’s – then the 80’s and beyond – soon

Supporting Musicians During the 1970’s:

Daryl Dragon & Toni Tennille (keyboards/vocals) – Billy Hinsche (1970’s through 1987 off-and-on) – Carlie Munoz (keyboards – 1970 thru 1979)

45 – Reprise 8894 – Add Some Music To Your Day/Susie Cincinnati – #64 Hot 100 – February, 1970

LP – Capitol 8-0442 – Good Vibrations – March, 1970

8 Track – Capitol 442 – Good Vibrations

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Reel-to-Reel Tape – Brother Reprise 2223 – Good Vibrations – The Best of the Beach Boys

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45 – Capitol 2765 – Cottonfields/The Nearest Faraway Place – # 103 Bubbling Under – April, 1970

45 – Brother Reprise 0929 – Slip On Through/This Whole World – June, 1970

LP – Capitol 8-0501 – All Summer Long – July, 1970

LP – Capitol 502 – California Girls – July, 1970

LP – Brother 6382 – Sunflower – #151 Hot 200 – August, 1970

8 Track – Capitol 6582 – Sunflower

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45 Promotion – Reprise PRO 422 – Radio Spots for Sunflower Long Play – September, 1970

45 – Brother Reprise 0957 – Tears In the Morning/It’s About Time – October, 1970

45 – Reprise 0965 – Dino, Desi and Billy – Lady Love – (Brian Wilson/Billy Hinsche Composers) – November, 1970

LP – Pickwick 3221 – The Beach Boys – 1970

LP – Sears 608 – Summertime Blues – 1970

LP – Capitol 500701 – Fun, Fun, Fun/Dance, Dance, Dance – February, 1971

LP – Capitol 8-0702 (Record Club) – Fun, Fun, Fun/Dance, Dance, Dance – February, 1971

LP – Capitol 702 – Fun, Fun, Fun – February, 1971

45 – Brother Reprise 0998 – Cool, Cool, Water/Forever – February, 1971

45 – Reprise 0998 – Cool, Cool, Water/Forever – February, 1971

45 – Ode 66016 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice – April, 1971

45 – 45 Brother Reprise 1047 – Long Promised Road/Deirde – #89 Hot 200 – May, 1971

45 – Reprise 1015 – Long Promised Road/Deirdre – May, 1971

45 – A&M 1284 – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Darlin’ – (Brian Wilson-Mike Love Composition) – September, 1971

45 – Brother Reprise 1058 – Surf’s Up/Don’t Go Near the Water – December, 1971

LP – Brother Reprise 6453 – Surf’s Up – #29 – August, 1971

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8 Track – Capitol 6453 – Surf’s Up

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Reel-to-Reel Tape – Bell & Howell – Surf’s Up

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45 – United Artists 50859 – Jan & Dean – Vegetables – (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks Composers) – January, 1972

March, 1972 – January, 1975 Beach Boys Line Up:

Brian Wilson – Carl Wilson – Dennis Wilson – Mike Love – Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar

45 – Brother/Reprise 1091 – You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone/Cuddle Up – May, 1972

45 – Reprise 1091 – You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone/Cuddle Up – May, 1972

LP – Brothers Reprise 2083 – Carl & The Passions – So Tough/Pet Sounds – #50 Hot 200 – May, 1972

8 Track – Brother Reprise – Pet Sounds

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45 – United Artists 50907 – Spring – Good Time/Sweet Mountain – (Brian Wilson, Al Jardine Composers) – May, 1972

45 – Brother Reprise 1101 – Marcella/Hold On Dear Brother – # 110 Bubbling Under – June, 1972

33 1/3 Compact – Capitol 2545 – The Best of the Beach Boys Vol. 1 – July, 1972

LP – Springboard 4021 – The Beach Boys – 1972

8 Track – Springboard 4021 – The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits (1961-1963)

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LP – Wand 688 – The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits (1961-1963) – 1972

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LP – Pickwick/33 3309 – Wow! Great Concert – July, 1972

8 Track – Pickwick 1148 – Great Concert

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LP – Scepter Citation 18004 – The Beach Boys Greatest Hits (1961-1963) – 1972

45 – Brother/Reprise 557 – Sail on Sailor/The Trader – January, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise 1138 – Sail On Sailor/Only With You – #79 – February, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back Hits 0101 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice/Sloop John B – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise 0102 Back-to-Back Hits – God Only Knows/Caroline, No – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise 0103 Back-to-Back Hits – Good Vibrations/Heroes and Villains – March, 1973

45 – Reprise 0103 Back-to-Back Hits – Good Vibrations/Heroes and Villains – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back-Hits 0104 – Wild Honey/Darlin’ – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back-Hits 0105 – Friends/Be Here in the Morning – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back-Hits 0106 – Do It Again/Cotton Fields – March, 1973

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back-Hits 0107 – I Can Hear Music/Bluebirds Over the Mountain – March, 1973

LP Brother Test Pressing – 1973

45 – Brother Promo – The Beach Boys In Concert Radio Spot Back Tracks – 1973

45 – Scepter/Wand Forever 21,082 – Surfin’ Safari/Surfer Girl – 1973

LP – Brother Reprise 2118 – Holland/Mount Vernon and Fairway – #36 Hot 200 – January, 1973

 

Booklet

45 EP – Brother Reprise 2118 – The Beach Boys Mount Vernon and Fairway – January, 1973

(Issued with the “Holland” Long Play Above)

45 – Brother/Reprise 1156 – California Saga (On My Way to Sunny California) – #84 Hot 100 – April, 1973

LP – Pickwick/33 PTP 2059/SPC 3269 Double Album – HIghwater – Good Vibrations/Wow! Great Concert – April, 1973

7-Inch LP 33-1/3 – A&M – Carpenters – Now and Then – Fun Fun Fun – 1973

LP – Brother Reprise 6484 – The Beach Boys In Concert (Double Album) – #25 Hot 200 – November, 1973

LP – Pickwick/33 PTP 2059 – The Beach Boys Good Vibrations – 1973

LP – Pickwick/33 SPC 3352 – The Beach Boys Surfer Girl – 1973

8 Track – Pickwick 1194 – Surfer Girl

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8 Track – Reprise – Holland

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8 Track – Reprise – The Beach Boys/The Beach Boys In Concert

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8 Track – Reprise – 20/20 & Wild Honey

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45 – Capitol Star Line 6204 – When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)/She Knows Me Too Well – May, 1974

Reissues

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45 – Capitol Star Line 6305 – Wendy/Little Honda – May, 1974

Reissues

LP – Capitol 11307 – Endless Summer – #1 Hot 200 – June, 1974

Poster

Reissues

45 – Brother/Reprise 1310 – I Can Hear Music/Let the Wind Blow – July, 1974

45 – Reprise 1310 – I Can Hear Music/Let The Wind Blow – July, 1974

45 – Capitol 3924 – Surfin’ U.S.A./The Warmth of the Sun – #36 Hot 100 – July, 1974

LP – Brother/Reprise 2166 – Wild Honey/20/20 – #50 Hot 200 – July, 1974

LP – Brother/Reprise 2167 – Friends/Smiley Smile – #125 Hot 200 – October, 1974

45 – Brother/Reprise 1321 – Child of Winter (Christmas Song)/Susie Cincinnati – December, 1974

45 – Reprise 1321 – Child Of Winter Christmas Song/Susie Cincinnati – December, 1974

45 – Illusion 100039 – Fate – Darlin’ – (Brian Wilson – Mike Love Composition) – 1974

33 1/3 – Rock Shoppe – The Beach Years (A Six Hour Radio Special) – 1975

Cassette LP – Capitol 11307 – Endless Summer

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February, 1975 – August, 1978 Beach Boys Line-Up:

Brian Wilson – Carl Wilson – Dennis Wilson – Mike Love – Al Jardine

Supporting Musicians During Mid 1970’s:

Bobby Figuera (drums – through 1987)

45 – Brother/Reprise 1325 – Sail On Sailor/Only With You – #49 (Charted above in BR 1138) – March, 1975

45 – Brother/Reprise 1336 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice/Caroline, No – March, 1975

45 – Reprise 1336 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice/Caroline, No – March, 1975

45 – RCA 10238 – Bruce & Terry – Take It To Mexico (Tulsa County Blue/Rebecca – March, 1975

45 – Capitol 4093 – Little Honda/Hawaii – May, 1975

LP – Capitol 11384 – Spirit of America – #8 Hot 200 – May, 1975

45 – Capitol 4110 – Barbara Ann/Little Honda – June, 1975

LP – Brother Reprise 2223 – Good Vibrations – Best of the Beach Boys – #25 Hot 200 – July, 1975

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45 – A&M 1698 – The Persuasions – Darlin – (Brian Wilson/Mike Love Composers) – July, 1975

45 – RCA Victor 10404 – Papa Doo Run Run b/w Be True to Your School (Brian Wilson Composer/Bruce Johnston Producer) – September, 1975

LP – Capitol 23393 – American Summer – December, 1975

45 – AMG 544-41 – The Poets – Fun, Fun, Fun – (Brian Wilson/Mike Love Composers) – 1975

45 – Brother Reprise 1354 – Rock and Roll Music/The T M Song – #5 Hot 100 – May, 1976

45 – Bearsville 0309 – Todd Rundgren – Good Vibrations – #34 Hot 100 – May, 1976

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8 Track – Reprise – 15 Big Ones

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45 – Brother Reprise 1368 – It’s O.K./Had to Phone Ya – #29 Hot 100 – August, 1976

45 – Capitol 4334 – Be True to Your School/Graduation Day – September, 1976

45 – Arista 0157 – I Write the Songs – #1 Hot 100 – (Bruce Johnston Composer) – November, 1976

45 – Brother Reprise 1375 – Susie Cincinnati/Everyone’s In Love With You – November, 1976

LP – Capitol 11584 – Beach Boys ’69 – The Beach Boys Live In London – #75 Hot 200 – November, 1976

LP – Pickwick 3562 – Little Deuce Coupe – 1976

45 – Brother/Reprise Back-to-Back Hits 0118  – Rock and Roll Music/It’s O.K. – January, 1977

LP – Brother Reprise 2258 – Love You – #53 Hot 200 – April, 1977

8 Track – Brother Reprise – The Beach Boys Love You

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LP – Columbia 34459 – Bruce Johnston – Going Public – May, 1977

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September, 1978 – June, 1981 Beach Boys Line-Up:

Brian Wilson – Carl Wilson – Dennis Wilson – Mike Love – Al Jardine – Bruce Johnston

45 – MCA 40735 – B.J. Thomas – Don’t Worry Baby – #17 Hot 100 – June, 1977

45 – Brother Reprise 1389 – Honkin’ Down the Highway/Solar System – June, 1977

45 – Columbia 10568 – Bruce Johnston – Pipeline/Disney Girls – June, 1977

45 – Atlantic 3423 – Leif Garrett – Surfin’ U.S.A. – Number 20 Hot 100 – August, 1977

Garrett’s first charting single – Note – authorship completely credited to Chuck Berry – no mention of Brian Wilson

45 – Big Tree 16105 – Marilyn Scott – God Only Knows – December, 1977

45 – Prelude 71097 – Mastermind – Runnin’ Away From Love – (Brian Wilson/Geoffrey Williams) – 1977

45 – Randy A – Child of Winter (A Xmas Song)/Good Vibrations – Bootleg Issue – 1977

45 – MCA 40891 – Celebration (Mike Love) – Almost Summer – #28 Hot 100 – April, 1978

45 – Star Line 6259 – Barbara Ann/Little Honda – June, 1978

Reissues


45 – Brother Reprise 1394 – Peggy Sue/Hey Little Tomboy – #59 Hot 100 – August, 1978

LP – Brother/Reprise 2268 – M.I.U. Album – #151 Hot 200 – October, 1978

8 Track – Brother Reprise – M.I.U. Album

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45 – What It’s About 450 – The Beach Boys Interview with Bill Huie – November, 1978

LP – Capitol 8M 8114 – Beach Boys’ Super Hits – 1978

8 Track – Ronco – Beach Boys’ Super Hits

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45 – Tulsa 002 – Okie Choir and Surf Band – Sidewalk Surfin’ – (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian Composers) – 1978

Supporting Musician From 1979:

Mike Meros (drums – 1979 through 2000)

45 – Caribou 9026 – Here Comes The Night/Baby Blue – #44 Hot 100 – February, 1979

LP – Caribou 35752 – L.A. (Light Album) – #100 Hot 200 – March, 1979

8 Track – Brother Reprise – Light Album

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45 – Caribou 9029 – Good Timin’/Love Surrounds Me – #40 Hot 100 – April, 1979

45 – Caribou 9030 – Lady Lynda/Full Sail – August, 1979

45 – Caribou 9031 – It’s A Beautiful Day/Sumahama – October, 1969

12 Inch Single – Caribou 9028 – Here Comes The Night b/w Instrumental Version – 1979

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Candix Records – A Close Brush With Success….

April 30, 2020
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Beyond “Bom Bom Dit Di Dit Dip….”

Surf’s Up with Russ Regan

Russ Regan was born in October, 1928 in Sanger, California.  As posted earlier, Regan was the composer and voice behind the novelty song “The Happy Reindeer” by “Prancer, Dancer and Nervous” inspired by David Seville and his Chipmunks.  Regan was a force behind many hit makers, including the Marvelettes, the Supremes, the Miracles and many more on behalf of Motown, promoting the Motor City artists in the Los Angeles area

Candix, the Surfers & “Surfin'”

Candix Records was the creation of a quartet of brothers; Al, Richard and Bob along with a more-or-less ‘silent’ brother Sherman not involved so much in the day-to-day operations.  The appointed president was William Silva Canaday thus “Candix” Records.

The Beach Boys beginnings examined through book - Goldmine ...

Al – Richard – Bob Dix

The Beach Boys came to Candix via Dorinda and Hite Morgan a record producing couple who headed up their own firm.  Hite was pretty well connected in and around the Los Angeles recording and distribution establishment.

If the Beach Boys had not held the potential they did – especially if Brian Wilson had not been the tremendous talent he was – it is likely that the world would have said ‘adieu’ to another one-hit-wonder group.

After many practice sessions for the Beach Boys with the song called “Surfin'” a theme suggested most strongly by Dennis Wilson, the one true surfer in the group, the “Pendletones”, as they were calling themselves at the time, finally got the break they were waiting for and they entered the recording studio in early November,1961.  From that 3-hour session “Surfin'” and a song composed by Dorinda Morgan’s which would be credited to her son Bruce Morgan would emerge, “Luau”.  Russ Regan didn’t think much of the name the boys had chosen and so suggested “The Surfers”.  He was told that such a name would never do as there were already a couple of Hawaiian groups recording as “The Surfers”  That is when the name “Beach Boys” as suggested – and it stuck.

Beach Boys’ Surfin’ Makes It’s Debut – Number 33

Candix promotional man Joe Saraceno would take “Surfin'” to the influential-with-the-teens Los Angeles’ radio station KFWB – owned by Warner Bros. a station which claimed 40 percent of the teen listening market in the L.A. area. -The song was presented to station operative Bill Angel – He liked it – took it to a weekly KFWB staff meeting of jock’s and managers – and it was voted onto the “pick hit” list.  By then, the record had been pressed on Candix number 331 and the group was officially listed as “Beach Boys” (no “The”).  Reportedly about 12,000 copies were pressed.

Production Run Number 1

“Surfin'” easily passed the listener test and was next added to the regular KFWB play list – at first giving it a spin once each hour.  That first Candix was officially released on November 27th,1961 with a production run of about 12,000 copies.  Other Los Angeles stations quickly took notice and “Surfin'” was suddenly selling like hot cakes and moving up on the local charts.  By the middle of December the 12-K run inventory was running low.  But the was trouble at Candix Records.

Some unscrupulous employees had pulled some fiscal shenanigans and the company was losing a lot of revenue – so much so that their credit went belly up.  Area record pressing plants would not extend them credit and so “Surfin'” was in danger of stalling out and disappearing quickly – especially now that it was gaining a small amount of national air play and recognition in Billboard and Cash Box magazines.

Saraceno  – who would soon depart Candix – still had a vested fiscal interest in the recording and so he decided to “create” another record company in order to meet production demands.  This one would fly under the radar a bit for Candix and would retain only the “X”.

10,000 copies of “Surfin'” were pressed on “X” 301 (the numbering system backed up to a new starting place – “301” since it was the first ‘X’ release – It would also be the only ‘X’ release. It was released on December 20th, 1961.

Production Run Number 2

National demand for “Surfin'” began and again the inventory was not keeping up with both national on local demand.  Small record stores in L.A. couldn’t even get in a shipment of the recording on ‘X’.

Saraceno then departed Candix and the label was again faced with lack of credit due to ongoing business dealings run a muck.   But Saraceno still wasn’t finished.  He approached the folks at ERA Records who agreed to take on pressing and distribution duties – and so suddenly Candix reappears!  But this time it become “Candix 301” retaining the “X” catalog number instead of the original Candix 331. This run was released on January 15th, 1962.

This was interesting to future collectors because now Candix had two records assigned to “301” – the first Candix release by Ethan Du Veaux – Candix 301 in September of 1960 was “Undertow” b/w “Magnifique”.

Production Run Number Three

Then to make everything very interesting for future record collectors, during the run period for Candix 301 – inventories again were running low and another batch had to be ordered.  These two productions runs would differ only on the label a bit.  The first batch (or the 3rd run of “Surfin'”) would contain the words “Guild Music” on the left hand side.  The next batch which occurred a few weeks later (or the 4th run of “Surfin'”) would now display “Dist. by ERA RECORD SALES INC.” on the label’s left side with “Guild Music” now moving over to the right!

In total, about 33,000 copies of Candix 301 were pressed.

Production Run Number Four

There you have it – 4 production runs in a wild attempt to keep the Beach Boys debut single vibrant.  Perhaps if all had run smooth from the first, the song may have moved up on Billboard and Cash Box beyond it’s eventual peaks of 75 and 85 respectively.

But as we all know it probably didn’t matter much anyway.  Right around the corner were “Surfin’ Safari” and “409” and our teenage lives would change – maybe not forever – but at least for an ‘endless summer’ of magic!

Billboard – March 10th, 1962 – “Surfin'” Peaks – Number 75

Billboard – March 24th, 1962 – “Surfin'” Peaks – Number 85

A fantastically researched account of all of this is presented in James B. Murphy’s “Becoming The Beach Boys – 1961-1963”!

Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963: James B. Murphy

Twistin’ & Shoutin’

April 26, 2020
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Bert Berns

Bert was born November 8th, 1929 Bertrand Russell Berns in the Bronx, New York.

He only lived for 38 years but during that time more than left his mark as a top-notch song composer.  He began his career as a mambo dancer first in New York and then in neighboring Cuba before that country headed in another direction politically.

Bertrand returned to the United States and found his way into the famed “Brill   Building” at 1650 Broadway working as a song composer at a salary of $50 a week.  It wasn’t long before the move to composer paid dividends.  A young group of singers out of Richmond, Virginia would record “A Little Big of Soap” which was released in July of 1961 by Roulette Records.

The song would go to number 12 on the Hot 100 and number 7 and the R&B charts giving the Jarmels their only charting single

The Jarmels

Then, in August of 1961, another Berns’ composition fell into the hands of producer Phil Spector.  Atlantic Records’ brought a young duo into the studio, “The Top Notes” who were Derek Ray and Howard Guyton.  Berns was present during the recording session and was aghast at the results.  This was not one of Spector’s shining moments.

Spector completely altered a good hunk of the song and thus, “Twist and Shout” would go nowhere for Atlantic and Berns.  Later Atlantic Records’ executive Jerry Wexler admitted that he should have trusted the still-young Russell with production duties.

The Top Notes

As we all know – fortunately, in the summer of 1962, another upcoming group of singers from Ohio, “The Isley Brothers”, would enter the recording studio accompanied by Berns.  The Isley’s were looking for something to get them back on track.

In the fall of 1959 they had landed near the middle of the Hot 100 with “Shout – Part 1” which reached a respectable number 47 on the pop charts – But it did not manage to catch the attention of the R&B market.  The Isley’s weren’t especially confident in the song’s potential – especially since it originally was slated to be assigned as the “B” side to Jerry Butler’s “Make It Easy On Yourself”.

Much to everyone’s delight the song roared into the Top 20 of the Hot 100 reaching number 17 and gave the Isley Brothers their first R&B hit, going all the way to number 2!

The Isley Brothers

“Twist and Shout” firmly established Bert Berns as a composer to be respected.  Although his health would cast a dark cloud over the time he had remaining, he left his mark.  Wexler would bring him into the Atlantic stable as their staff producer in 1963, replacing the great team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Berns proved himself able to adapt, composing hits during the British Invasion era for American artists and hits for the Invaders as well.

In 1965, Berns teamed up with three others to form the “BANG” record label – taking first initials of the four operatives to name the label: Burt – Ahmet (Ertegun) – Nesuhi (Ertegun) and Gerald (‘Jerry’ Wexler).  A year later Berns would establish the Shout record label where he had R&B hits by Freddie Scott and Erma Franklin.

Bert Burns would succumb to a failing heart – resulting from rheumatic fever contacted as a child.  He died on December 30th, 1967 at the very young age of 38.  He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.  His life was honored in the off-Broadway production of “Piece of My Heart – The Bert Berns Story”.

Bert Berns Selected Discography

Songs composed co-composed by Bert Russell/Berns

45 – Roulette 3098 – The Jarmels – “A Little Bit of Soap” – Number 12 Hot 100 – Number 7 R&B – July, 1961

45 – Wand 124 – The Isley Brothers – “Twist and Shout” – Number 17 Hot 100 – Number 2 R&B – April, 1962

45 – Atlantic 45-2131 – Solomon Burke – “Cry To Me” – Number 44 Hot 100 – Number 5 R&B – February, 1962

45 – United Artists UA 544 – The Exciters – “Tell Him” – Number 4 Hot 100 – Number 5 R&B – December, 1962

45 – United Artists UA 629 – Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters – “Cry Baby” – Number 4 Hot 100 – Number 1 R&B for 3 Weeks – September, 1963

45 – Tollie 9001 – The Beatles – “Twist and Shout” – Number 2 Hot 100 – March, 1964

45 – Atlantic 45-2221 – The Vibrations – “My Girl Sloopy” – Charted Number 26 Hot 100 – Number 12 R&B – March, 1964

45 – Columbia UK DB 7247 – The Animals – “Baby Let Me Take You Home” – Number 21 – British Charts – April, 1964

This was the Animals debut charting record globally

45 – Atlantic 45-2225 – The Drifters – “One Way Love – Number 56 Hot 100 – Number 12 R&B – May, 1964

45 – Atlantic 45-2241 – Solomon Burke – “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” – Number 58 Hot 100 – Number 4 R&B – July, 1964

45 – Parlophone R 5173 – “One Way Love” – Number 9 British Charts – October, 1964

45 – Decca UK F-12017 – Lulu – “Here Comes the Night” – Number 50 British Charts – November, 1964

45 – Parrot 45-9749 – Them – “Here Comes the Night” – Number 24 – May, 1965

45 – BANG B-501 – The Strangeloves – “I Want Candy” – Number 11 Hot 100 – June, 1965

45 – BANG B-506 – The McCoys – “Hang On Sloopy” – Number 1 – August, 1965

45 – United Artists UA 995 – Garnet Mimms – “I’ll Take Good Care Of You” – Number 30 Hot 100 – Number 15 R&B – April, 1966

45 – Shout S 207 – Freddie Scott – “Are You Lonely For Me” – Number 39 Hot 100 – Number 1 R&B for 4 Weeks – December, 1966

45 – Atlantic 45-2381 – Wilson Pickett – “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” – Number 29 Hot 100 – Number 19 R&B – February, 1967

45 – Shout 221 – Erma Franklin – “Piece of My Heart” – Number 62 Hot 100 – Number 10 R&B – October, 1967

45 – Columbia 44626 – Big Brothers & The Holding Company – “Piece Of My Heart” – Number 12 Hot 100 – August, 1968

45 – Gordy 7083 – Edwin Starr – “25 Miles” – Number 6 Hot 100 – Number 6 R&B – February, 1969

45 – Columbia 4-45379 – Janis Joplin – “Cry Baby” – Number 42 Hot 100 – May, 1971

45 – RCA PB-13204 – Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” – Number 62 Hot 100 – May, 1982

45 – Capitol 2654 – The Beatles – “Twist and Shout” – Number 23 Hot 100 – August, 1986