Bob Berryhill


Oral History Information

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Musician, Guitarist

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 solo was often a requirement for membership in the growing number of garage bands around the country. The Surfaris continued to perform throughout the mid 1960s, including several vocal recordings after the surfer music craze faded. Over the decades Bob has continued to perform and in the early part of 2000 formed a new Surfaris band with his wife and two sons.