The Surfaris

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": surf surf rock 60s instrumental rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
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 throwaway b-side, is recognized as one of the definitive surfing anthems. Controversy arose when the Surfaris discovered that the music gracing their debut album was, in fact, played by a rival group, the Challengers. However, despite their understandable anger, such backroom machinations remained rife throughout the quintet’s career. Their third album, Hit City ’64, introduced a partnership with producer Gary Usher, who employed a team of experienced session musicians on ensuing Surfaris’ releases. In 1965 the group abandoned beach and hot-rod themes for folk rock. Wilson had...

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