The Chantays Biography

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This US-based group was comprised of the Californian Santa Ana High School students Bob Spickard (lead guitar), Brian Carman (guitar, saxophone), Bob Marshall (piano), Warren Waters (bass) and Bob Welsh (drums). They formed the Chantays in 1962, and secured immortality with ‘Pipeline’ the following year. Initially released as the b-side to a vocal track, this atmospheric surfing instrumental brought a new level of sophistication to an often one-dimensional genre and deservedly became a hit in the USA and Britain. It was a standard the quintet was unable to repeat and although Steve Khan replaced Welsh, the group broke up following a handful of unsuccessful releases. However, a re-formed line-up emerged during the 80s in the wake of a surfing resurgence.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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