Mike Vernon


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Musician, Guitarist

Mike Vernon formed an instrumental rock band inspired by George Tomsco called The 3 Balls of Fire (the name taken from the first song they learned to play "Great Balls of Fire").  During his career, Mike played with several legendary instrumentalists such as Tomsco and Link Wray, as well as Davie Allen and the late Jerry Cole, who had a hit recording of “Surf Age.”  Mike was interviewed in 2016 at the Surf Guitar 101 program in Torrance, California.  At that time, he helped NAMM capture an interview with his hero (and ours) George Tomsco!