The Super Stocks

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Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The Super Stocks were the brainchild of songwriter/producer Gary Usher. The studio-based band made its debut in 1963, completing four songs for the Shut Down compilation. Each was written by Usher in partnership with lyricist Roger Christian. A further six tracks in the ‘hot rod’ vein appeared on Hot Rod Rally, by which time Usher had solidified a Super Stocks’ ‘line-up’ around Glen Campbell, Richie Podolor and Paul Johnsson (guitars), Steve Douglas (saxophone), Hal Blaine or Wayne Edwards (drums) and vocalists Chuck Girard, Richie Burns and Joe Kelly. Usher sang lead on Thunder Road and Surf Route 101, but the bulk of the material on School Is A Drag features Girard. Each album is regarded by ‘surf ‘n’ drag’ aficionados as among the finest of the genre, but Usher dissolved the Super Stocks in 1964. As he used many of the same musicians on the concurrent Hondells, who reached the US Top 10 with ‘Little Honda’,...

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