In 1963, Jan Berry and Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys) wrote a surf song. Brian Wilson had already written a draft of this song, and he also had written Surfin’ U.S.A.. Wilson played the last song to Jan, and he wanted to record the song, but Brian Wilson wanted to record it with the Beach Boys. He then gave the draft of Surf City to Jan Berry. He took the song, worked on it and so Jan & Dean were the first to record the song about a city where there were two girls for every boy. It was the first surf song to reach number 1 in the US. Enjoy
Jan & Dean- Surf City
In 1963, the Trashmen joined the surf rock hype. During a tour, they played two songs from the Rivingtons, as the songs were quite similar. The medley was recorded in Minneapolis, where they came from, and helped by a local DJ, who had send the song to several song contests. The song kept on winning. However, the Trashmen only received the money from the gigs they played, as the money the single made went to the Rivingtons. That was quite bad for them, as the song peaked at number 4 in the US… Enjoy
The Trashmen- Surfin’ Bird
Ah! I like this record, although I don’t own it…
That’s because of two things: Firstly the song of the day, which sounds sunny, and you get the feeling that summer is coming. Furthermore, the record is quite impressive, with the melody. I think it’s very good.
Secondly, but that is my own strange thing… I like VW-busses, although I have problems getting in them (I’m round the 1.95 metres…)
All in all, more surf music: Enjoy Johnny & The Hurricanes with Red River Rock!
Mmm… the sun! I love the sun and the summer, when I know it is coming!
Therefore some surf rock today, by Jan & Dean, a duo which was very popular in the last century.
Well, which one sounds like really good vibrations? Okay, I choose The Little Old Lady From Pasadena!
Let’s stay in the sunny mood: tomorrow more!