The Rip Chords

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s

Biography

One of the first rock acts signed to Columbia Records in the USA, the Rip Chords were best known for a ‘hot rod’ hit in early 1964, ‘Hey Little Cobra’, which reached the Top 5 just as the Beatles broke through in the USA. The band’s records were actually the work of singer/producer Terry Melcher (Terrence Jorden, 8 February 1942, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 November 2004, Beverly Hills, California, USA), and singer Bruce Johnston (b. 27 June 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA), later of the Beach Boys. However, that duo did not represent the Rip Chords in concerts; a completely different set of musicians was sent out on the road. The Rip Chords were an already-existing group of musicians including Phil Stewart, Ernie Bringas, Arnie Marcus and Rich Rotkin. Stewart and Bringas approached Melcher, a staff producer at Columbia, and were signed to the label. Their first single, ‘Here I Stand’, was a minor chart hit in 1963, as...

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