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Everyone’s Gone Surfin’

Related imageSurf music was perhaps a genre of music that was most vicariously experienced by the rest of us ‘ho-daddys’ – many of whom seldom made our way to “Pacific Palisades, San Anofree and Sunset, Redondo Beach L. A., All over La Jolla – At Waimia Bay”… or any of those places out in sunny Southern California during the surf craze – which ran for a brief two or two and half years, kicked off early by Dick Dale in 1962.

Before the Beach Boys came along there were plenty of surf bands out on the West Coast and early on many didn’t really even describe themselves as ‘surf bands’.  The Beach Boys were outsiders of sorts – not really surfers – but Brian Wilson’s early tributes to the surf and sea changed everything.  First of all, rock and roll needed a fresh jump start.

The old rockers were dropping off the map and the Johnnies, Joeys, Bobbies were in the driver seat across the country.  So when the Wilson’s adopted a Chuck Berry anthem tune track and applied their surfin’ lyrics, there seemed to be some hope.  It was a fun time out there in California, and before long lots of folks jumped on the surfin’ band wagon.

Surfing music was a natural for the studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew” – And they would be called on early and often to lay down the new surfing sound and continued on right into the Hot Rod music faze which followed right on the heals of surf music – again thanks to Brian, Mike, Carl, Dennis and David.

Now the rest of us could behind hot rod music – and did – with groups and songs popping up everywhere.

As for surf, Dick Dale’s LP  – “Surfer’s Choice” was one of the first – coming out in 1962.  As usual there were some strange marriages with surfin’ music.  Freddy King, Bo Diddley?  Really?

Where the older set had jumped onto the Twist craze just prior to surf – it would be very unusual for an oldie to take a crack at the big waves – such as Vaughn Monroe did with his “Surfer Stomp” long play.  The Bobbies (and Frankies) would jump on the long board as well acting in a series of some of the goofiest motion pictures imaginable.  The Brits got into the act with their all-time favorite instrumental group The Shadows and their 1963 “Surfing with the Shadows” release on Atlantic.

The surfin’ and hot rod crazes provided the garage groups with perhaps their best shot at either local or national fame – and would be their best shot until three or four years later down the road when thousand’s of groups would emerge across the land!

Colorado’s own Astronauts proved to be more than competent providers of the surf sound.  In fact, I don’t think any of the West Coast groups matched their sound!

Surf music was here – and then it was gone – but should you ever happen to journey back that way – even today – sitting high up on say the Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach – gazing out over the ocean as the suns sets over the endless Pacific  – close your eyes and you just might “seem ’em wearing their baggies – Huarachi sandals too – A bushy bushy blonde hairdo”……

Surf’s Up! It’s Surfin’ U.S.A.!

Selected Surf Music Long Play Discography

Mike Adams and the Red Jackets – Surfers Beat – 1963

Adrian and the Sunsets – Breakthrough – 1963

Aki Aleong and the Nobles – Come Surf With Me – 1963

Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers – The Rising Surf – 1963

Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers – Surfer’s Slide – 1963

Annette’s Beach Party – 1963

Annette Muscle Beach Party – 1964

Annette at Bikini Beach – 1963

Annette Sings Gold Surfin Hits – 1965

The Astronauts – Surfin’ with the Astronauts – 1963

The Avalanches – Ski Surfin – 1963

Frankie Avalon Muscle Beach Party – 1964

Preston Epps Surfin Bongos – 1963

Calvin Cool – The Surfer’s Beat – 1963

Al Casey – Surfin’ Hootenanny – 1963

The Catalinas – Fun Fun Fun – 1964

The Centurians – Surfers’ Pajama Party – 1963

The Challengers – Surfbeat – 1963

The Challengers – Surfin With – 1963

The Challengers – Go Sidewalk Surfing! – 1964

The Challengers – Surf’s Up! – 1965

The Challengers – Wipe Out! Pipeline – 1966

The Challengers – California Kicks – 1966

The Chantays – Pipeline – 1963

The Chantays – Two Sides Of – 1963

Chubby Checker – Beach Party – 1963

Jerry Cole and His Spacemen – Surf Age – 1963

The Craftsmen – What Can We Say? – 1964

Don Dailey – Surf Stompin’ – 1963

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones – Surfer’s Choice – 1962

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones – King of the Surf Guitar – 1963

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones – Greatest Hits – 1963

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones – Summer Surf – 1964

The Dartells – Hot Pastrami – 1963

The Deadly Ones – It’s Monster Surfing Time – 1963

The Deltas with Jim Waller – Surfin’ Wild – 1963

Bo Diddley – Surfin’ With – 1963

Mike Doyle – The Secrets of Surfing – 1967

Duane Eddy and the Rebels – Surfin’ – 1963

The Fantastic Baggys – Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’ – 1964

Johnny Fortune – The Soul Surfer – 1963

Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos – Surfink! – 1964

The Glaciers – From Sea to Ski – 1964

The Go-Go’s – Swi with the Go Go’s – 1964

The Jalopy Five – Draggin’ and Surfin’ – 1963

The Jalopy Five – Draggin’ and Surfin – 1965

Jan and Dean – Surf City – 1963

Jan and Dean – Take Linda Surfin’ – 1963

Jan and Dean – With the Soul Surfers – 1963

Jan and Dean – Ride the Wild Surf – 1964

Bruce Johnston – Surfin’ ‘Round the World – 1963

Freddy King – Goes Surfin’ – 1963

The Lively Ones – The Great Surf Hits! – 1963

The Lively Ones – Surf Drums – 1963

The Lively Ones – Surf City – 1963

The Lively Ones – Surfin’ South of the Border – 1964

The Mar-Kets – Surfer’s Stomp! – 1963

Jack Marshall – My Son the Surf Nut – 1963

Vaughn Monroe – Surfer’s Stomp – 1962

Dave Myers and the Surftones – Hangin’ Twenty – 1963

The Nep-Tunes – Surfers’ Holiday – 1963

The New Dimensions – Surfin’ Bongos – 1963

Jack Nitzsche – The Lonely Surfer – 1963

The Renegaids – Surf Crazy – 1963

The Rhythm Rockers – Soul Surfin’ – 1963

The Rip Chords – Three Window Coupe – 1963

Rod and the Cobras – At Surf City – 1964

The Sentinals – Big Surf! – 1963

The Shadows – Surfing With – 1963

The Silly Surfers – New Sounds Of – 1964

The Spinners – Party My Pad! After Surfin’ – 1963

The Sunsets – Surfing With – 1963

The Super Stocks – Surf Route 10 – 1964

The Surf Family – Featuring Dick Dale King of the Stomp – 1964

The Surf Riders – Surfbeat Volume Two – 1963

The Surf Teens – Surf Mania – 1963

The Surfaris – Play Wipe Out – 1963

The Surfsiders – Sing the Beach Boys – 1965

The Tides – Surf City/Surfin’ USA – 1963

Tom and Jerry – Surfin’ Hootenanny – 1963

The Tornadoes – Bustin’ Surfboards – 1963

The Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird – 1964

Ricky Vale and the Surfers – Everybody’s Surfin’ – 1964

Various Artists – KFWB’s Battle of the Surfing Bands! – 1963

Various Artists – The Beach Boys/Surfaris/Dick Dale/Surf Kings – 1963

Various Artists – Surfing’s Greatest Hits – 1963

Various Artists – The Big Surfing Sounds Are On – 1964

Various Artists – Battle of the Surf Guitars Vol. 1 – 1963

Various Artists – Waikiki Surf Battle – 1963

Various Artists – Golden Gassers – 1963

Various Artists – Everybody’s Goin’ Surfin’ – 1963

Various Artists – The Big Surfing Sounds Are On – 1963

Various Artists – Original Surfin’ Hits – 1963

Various Artists – Beach Party – Wipe Out – 1963

Various Artists – Surfs Up! At Banzai Pipeline – 1963

Various Artists – Teen Age Fair Holly Palladium – 1964

Various Artists – Look Who’s Surfin’ Now! – 1964

The Ventures – Surfing – 1963

The Wailers – & Co. – 1963

The Wedges – Hang Ten – 1963

Kai Winding – Soul Surfin’ – 1965

The Woody Wagons – Surfin’ Around – 1963

 

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