This surf rock quartet from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA comprised three guitarists: Dal Winslow (1942), Tony Andreason (b. 1943), Bob Reed (b. 1942) and drummer Steve Wahrer (b. 1942). Formed in 1962 the group quickly became a very popular live act in the upper Midwest. Their first and biggest hit was the novelty garage rock epic Surfin Bird (produced by Chuck Howard), complete with Winslows unbelievable gravelly vocal, which went into the US Top 5. Their follow-up, Bird Dance Beat, also made the US Top 40 and their debut album Surfin Bird nearly graced the Top 40 too. Both hit songs borrowed heavily from soul group the Rivingtons compositions Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow and The Birds The Word, and after legal battles the Rivingtons received their rightful royalties from the Trashmens records. The distinctive group, whose name is thought by many to describe aptly their music, later recorded on Argo, Tribe and Bear without success. Wahrer died of throat cancer at the age of 47 in 1989.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.