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1938, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 25 May 1990. Although Usher began a recording career in 1960 with Driving Insane, he became better known as a leading composer of the surfing/hot rod genres. A collaboration with Brian Wilson resulted in several classic early Beach Boys releases, including 409 and In My Room, but Usher achieved greater success supervising a myriad of releases for several other acts, notably Dick Dale, the Hondells, the Super Stocks and Surfaris. Ably supported by lyricist Roger Christian, Usher maintained a frantic pace which, during its most prolific period, spawned three albums per month. This workload required an on-hand pool of musicians and three vocalists - Chuck Girard, Joe Kelly and Richie Burns - joined guitarist Richie Podolor in a studio group augmented by Glen Campbell (guitar), Steve Douglas (saxophone) and Hal Blaine (drums). Usher also continued his solo career with several singles, including...