Surf Music

Bob Berryhill was the original guitarist for the surf band the Surfaris. The group of teenagers had a pop hit with "Surfer Joe," which was followed up by the 1963 chart topper "Wipe Out." The song became an anthem for the early 60s instrumental recordings that helped define the era and the drum...
John Blair grew up during the first wave of the Surf Music craze in America during the late 1950s and early 1960s. John later formed his own surf band and again, years later, in the 1970s when he was credited for the "second wave" of the popularity for surf music.  While his band has recorded and...
Dick Dale is the King of the Surf Guitar whose driving style redefined instrumental music in the early 1960s. His music conjures the mood of the era so successfully that many of his tunes such as Miserlou are often heard on movie soundtracks and television programs that help evoke that era. Dick...
Will Glover was among the first wave of surf rock guitarists when he formed a band with several friends from high school in 1961.  The Pyramids, the Long Beach, California based rock group had a big instrumental hit with “Penetration” in 1963.  The songs success led to several important...
Randy Holden was a teenager when he formed a rock and blues band in Pennsylvania called The Iridescents.  The core of that band moved to California to follow the wave of emerging Surf instrumental bands and formed The Fender IV.  The band recorded several songs that have since played an important...
Paul Johnson formed one of the early surf bands in Southern California during the golden era of instrumental music. As a guitarist and songwriter, Paul performed and recorded in the days before the Beach Boys, when it was common for an instrumental recording to be on the Top Ten lists. Over the...
Bruce Johnston has been a member of the Beach Boys since the mid-1960s, first singing with the group on the hit "California Girls."  He appeared on most of the groups albums, including the seminal Pet Sounds and toured with the group for decades. Bruce is also a songwriter who penned "I Write the...
Rob Joly was playing in a surf band in 1966 when Leo Fender hired him to work at a teenage fair. The fair attracted young students and Leo felt the event would be great to introduce his new line of guitars. As a thank you gift for his help, Leo gave Rob a P-Bass! Just a few years later, Rob began...
Gil Orr played a part in the era of popular music known as the Surf Sound. With the steady growth of instrumental hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Orr performed and recorded his guitar-playing style with boardwalk bands on the California coast. The Surf Sound hit its zenith when a group...
Bob Spikard formed an instrumental rock band with his high school buddies and they called themselves the Chantay’s.  The band’s greatest hit, co-written by Bob, was entitled “Pipeline”!  The song redefined the instrumental hit recordings of the era and helped put Surf Guitar on the map.  Although...

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