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Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Chantays - 100% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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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 atmosphe Read more

Johnny & The Hurricanes - 74% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The Challengers - 62% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Surfaris - 62% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with ‘Wipe Out’. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throw Read more

Dick Dale - 49% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Richard Monsour, 4 May 1937, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Note: Dale himself has been quoted in interviews as saying he was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and that his family emigrated to Quincy, Massachusetts, when he was a child. Now, however Dale denies that story and claims to have been born in Boston.) Dale is usually credited as the inventor of the instrumental surf music st Read more

Duane Eddy - 49% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 April 1938, Corning, New York, USA. The legendary simple ‘twangy’ guitar sound of Duane Eddy has made him one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous instrumental artists. The sound was created after hearing Bill Justis’ famous ‘Raunchy’ (the song that George Harrison first learned to play). Together with producer Lee Hazlewood, Eddy co-wro Read more

The Marketts - 47% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This Hollywood, California-based instrumental group rose to prominence during the surfing craze of the early 60s. Ben Benay (guitar), Mike Henderson (saxophone), Ray Pohlman (bass), Gene Pello (drums) and Richard Hobriaco, then Tom Hensey (keyboards), enjoyed two minor US hits with ‘Surfer’s Stomp’ and Balboa Blue’ (both 1962), before scoring a million-selle Read more

Bill Justis - 45% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals (and, coincidentally, the first song that George Harrison learned to play). He grew up in Memphis playing jazz and dance band music before joining Sam P Read more

Jack Nitzsche - 42% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s
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Bernard Alfred Nitzsche, 22 April 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 25 August 2000, Hollywood, California, USA. Nitzsche was raised on a farm near Newaygo, Michigan, but moved to Los Angeles in 1955 to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist. His long career in pop music began in the late 50s when he joined a cabal of young, Los Angeles-based, aspiring entrepreneurs including L Read more

Link Wray - 42% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Lincoln Wray, 2 May 1929, Dunn, North Carolina, USA, d. 21 November 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark. Guitarist Wray formed his first group in 1942, but his musical ambitions were thwarted by his induction into the US Army. He first recorded for Starday in 1955 as a member of the country outfit Lucky Wray And The Palomino Ranch Hands. He subsequently formed the Raymen wit Read more

The Tornadoes - 41% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Sentinals - 40% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in San Luis Obispo, California, USA, the Sentinals rose to become a popular surf group. They made their debut in 1962 with ‘Latin’ia’, and were later signed to leading surf outlet Del-Fi Records for which they completed Big Surf and The Surfer Girl. However, the sextet is better recalled for the future careers of its personnel. Guitarist/vocalist Mike Olse Read more

The Rumblers - 37% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s
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Davie Allan & The Arrows - 31% match to The Fireballs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 2000s
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Davie Allan & The Arrows. In 1999, they won the "LA Weekly Music Award" for the Best Instrumental Band. In 1994, the critically acclaimed recording "Loud, Loose and Savage" (Top 10 CD pick... San Francisco Chronicle, Guitar Player and Bam) brought back the "Cycle-Delic" sounds of cult legend Davie Allan. In the late sixties, Davie Allan & The Arrows carved their niche in the mus Read more


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