The Marketts Biography

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-seller the following year with the pulsating ‘Out Of Limits’. They secured another US Top 20 entry in 1966 with the then-popular ‘Batman Theme’, but were usurped by newer styles of Californian music. A unit dubbed the New Marketts surfaced during the 70s, by which point Benay was established in Los Angeles session circles. Pohlman pursued a similar career, working with, among others, Emmylou Harris, while Hensey became Neil Diamond’s keyboard player.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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