THE ROAD RUNNERS vs SQUIDDLY DIDDLY [60’s Hot Rod/Surf]

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Two rare 60’s slabs by fictional acts. First is another Gary Usher’s studio project, The Road Runners and ’64 hot rod lp ”The New Mustang” with Dennis McCarthy, Dick Burns [The Hondells] and Gary Paxton. Beside usual car songs there are few fine instro-tunes as Mighty Mustang, New Mustang and Road Runnah.

Squiddly was cartoon squid created by Hanna-Barbera and ’66 lp ”Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Safari” is pretty cool surfin’ parody. Rare stuff, don’t miss it, Dig!

 

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HOT ROD CITY – Introducing The Quads, The Grand Prix, The Customs & The Challengers [1963/95]

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“Recorded in 1963. [Originally released on Vault], the original LP version of HOT ROD CITY was performed by two basic groups of surf and hot-rod musicians operating under three names. The Grand Prix and the Quads were conceived by songwriter-producer Richard Delvy, and the Customs were conceived by songwriter-producer Gary Usher. This 1995 reissue adds eight additional songs and alternate takes, including two previously-unreleased tracks by Delvy’s main band, The Challengers. The members of the Challengers also formed the core of The Grand Prix and The Quads. This release includes the alternate take bonus tracks “Candy Apple Buggy”, “Goin’ 88”, “Nifty ’50”, “Hot Rod City”, “Competition Coupe”, and also a few tracks that weren’t included on the original album; “She Rides With Me”, “The Blonde In The 406” and “Little Queenie”.

Gary Usher and Richard Delvy, flush from their success with the top-ten album Shut Down (which they produced), was asked by Vault Records to try and duplicate that success on their label. Vault had already contracted surf-rock band The Challengers to play on the tracks, but never having written car tunes before, Usher was brought in to lend an authentic touch.

Given three fictional group names to work with – The Customs, The Quads, The Grand Prix, and the aforementioned backing group, The Challengers, Usher also brought in friends Dick Burns (The Hondells), Paul Johnson, Bobby Hart, Paul Johnson, Dennis McCarthy and others to quickly shape an album of hot rod tunes in order to strike while the iron was hot. The resulting album, Hot Rod City, while no masterpiece, captures the raw energy of the drag-racing circuit, and includes several songs of interest to Beach Boys fans. Included are the previous Usher compositions “RPM”, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” and three Beach Boys songs, “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Shut Down,” and “409.”

Welcome to the Hot Rod City, Dig !!!

 

 

THE DENVERMEN – Let’s Go Surfside [60’s Oz Surfin’ Instros]

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“Sydney band The Denvermen was one of the premier Australian surf-instrumental groups of the early 1960s and although they have been somewhat overshadowed by their better-known contemporaries The Atlantics, they certainly deserve more recognition. The original lineup was formed in late 1961, by members of two earlier Sydney groups, Digger Revell and the Lonely Ones and Paul Dever and the Denvermen. The group was ‘discovered’ at the Teenage Night-club in Sydney in mid-1962 by New Zealand-born rocker Johnny Devlin, who offered to take over their management. He arranged for an audition tape to be made of two of the group’s instrumentals, “Outback” and “The Mexican”. The tape was sent to EMI Records, who were so impressed that they issued them as a single, released on HMV, but unfortunately their debut was not a success.
In late 1962, The Denvermen began working on a lyrical, “Sleepwalk”-styled instrumental, conceived by their lead guitarist Les Green and producer/manager Johnny Devlin, that was eventually named “Surfside”. Devlin added sound effects of breaking waves and when it was released in December 1962, “Surfside” hit the Sydney Top 40 during the second week of January 1963, and soon reached #1. It also did very well in Melbourne, where it peaked at #6 in Melbourne, and by April it had made the charts in every state, thus becoming the first Australian “surf” hit. This was a significant achievement, since capital city radio was still very parochial at that time and it was common for records by Sydney bands to be ignored by Melbourne radio (and vice versa). “Surfside” was also released in the USA on Capitol; over the years it has been included on many anthologies of surf music and is rightly considered one of the perennial classics of the genre.
The band released a string of ‘surf’ instrumentals on RCA from 1963 to 1965.”

More surfin’ instros from the other side of the globe. Check out this fine The Shadows/Duane Eddy styled Oz surf rockers. Lets Go Surfside !!!

 

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TAKESHI TERAUCHI & BLUE JEANS – Surfing / Early Times / Nippon Guitars [Japan 60’s Instro Surf]

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Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans are true legens of J-surf, something like The Ventures of The Far East. Mr. Takeshi [also known as Terry] is a Japanese most prolific instrumental rock guitarist who recorded 1000s slabs [mostly for King Records] with The Blue Jeans, The Bunnys or solo. I’ve already posted some of his cool surfin’ stuff here , as on my old blog. Now, you gotta deal with ’63 Lp ”Surfing” [his first surf album on Toshiba Records], GREAT compilations ”Early Times 1964-65” and ”Nippon Guitars 1966-74]”. Lottsa cool covers of surf & rock classics, The Ventures, Astronauts, Dick Dale, The Chantays, The Surfaris… as well as fine original Eleki tunes. Let’s go Surfin’ shogun style!

 

 

 

 

 

JIMMY TAKEUCHI & HIS EXCITERS – Drum Drum Drum (Tenshi No Yuwaku) [1969]

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Original issue from the ToshibaDrum Drum Drum Series, the most wanted (1st pressing in red LP) of Tenshi No Yūwaku (Temptations Of Angels) featuring Jimmy Takeuchi & His Exciters with the arranger Kunihiko Suzuki. Titles include the greatest hits of the Japanese GS movement out in 1968, among cover songs by rock bands as The Tigers (Flower Necklace), The Tempters (Please, God), The Golden Cups (Girl With Long Hair), The Folk Crusaders (Unbearably Sad) or The Wild Ones (Bara No Koibito), Pop singers as the Angel Love of Jun Mayuzumi (Kunihiko Suzuki‘ composition), Yukari Ito Drops Of Love, the Secret Love of Tomoko Ogawa. Also included the Soul Jazz standard Alligator Boogaloo by Lou Donaldson, Beatles‘ cover Lady Madona and Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba. All tracks arranged by Kunihiko Suzuki.”

Mo’ ”Drum Drum Drum” from Jimmy & His Exciters on this late 60’s instro-lounge slab with nice cover pic of ‘Bond-like’ girl. If nothing else, Jimmy’s albums worth only for their girl covers alone ok. 掘る!!!

 

JIMMY TAKEUCHI & HIS EXCITERS – The Ventures [1971. Japanese Surf/Lounge]

 

Jimmy Takeuchi was a Japanese jazz drummer who have recorded many instrumental lounge slabs with His Exciters as backing band. This here is a surf oriented album with covers of classic tunes as Walk Don’t Run, Wipe Out, Diamond Head, The Cruel Sea, Pipeline, Apache and others. Funny is that many of his albums have ”Drum, Drum, Drum” in title [quess ’cause he was drummer alright!] If you’re a fan of Takeshi Terauchi and Asian surfin’ sounds, then this stuff’s fer ya. Dig!

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THE HOLLYWOOD PERSUADERS vs THE PERSUADERS [60’s Surf/Lounge Instros]

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The Hollywood Persuaders were one of Multi-instrumentalist Paul Buff studio projects with hit ”Tijuana Surf” and fine instrumental R&B/surf/lounge ’65 lp “Drums-A-Go-Go” with cool stuff as Thunderbird, Persuasion, North Beach and title tack. You can check out Los Persuaders [which is the same ”band”] and their ’64 ”Tijuana lp” .

The Persuaders were crew with legendary “Tequila man”, The Champs sax player Chuck Rio [aka Daniel Flores]. Their pretty rare ’63 R&B/Surf flavored instro slab “Surfer’s Nightmare” should appeal to The Fabulous Wailers “Tall Cool One” fans. Well, these are reposts but anyways check ’em out, Dig !!!

 

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THE SUPER STOCKS – Surfing Instrumentals [1963/64]

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“The Super Stocks were one of the better and more interesting studio creations of producer-composer Gary Usher. Usher had been a singer and recording artist in his own right, but made his biggest splash in the music business during the early ’60s, through his collaborations with Brian Wilson on such songs as “In My Room” and “409.” He wrote more songs in that vein in collaboration with Roger Christian (who also worked with Brian Wilson), and was soon prevailed upon to provide actual recordings of surf and car songs, which were a hot sound in 1963. This resulted in his organizing of several “groups” that existed only in the studio (usually comprised of the same singers and featuring the same session musicians playing on them), including the Hondells, the Revells, and the Surfaris (who were an actual group produced by Usher, and who saw lots of the same session people turn up on their records). The Super Stocks were among Usher’s more fondly remembered surf “bands” of this period, and one of the more ubiquitous, with three complete LPs to their credit as well as appearances on two popular compilation albums.

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The Super Stocks first showed up on the Capitol Records car song compilation album Shut Down (not to be confused with the Beach Boys’ Shut Down, Vol. Two, which was done in its wake), on which they had four songs. They also contributed six songs to the album Hot Rod Rally, but the group’s main claim to fame lies in the three LPs of their own that they released in 1964: Thunder Road, Surf Route 101, and School Is a Drag. Following those odd early sides, Usher assembled a core of regular players, including Glen Campbell, Richie Podolor, and Paul Johnson on guitars; Hal Blaine on drums; and Steve Douglas on sax. He handled some of the early vocals himself, with Chuck Girard, Ritchie Burns, and Joe Kelly also singing; and Girard eventually took over most of the vocal chores.” [allmusic]

Re-post of super cool 80’s Australian vinyl lp collection of 60’s surf instros by this studio hot rod/surfin’ crew. Surf’s Up !!!

 

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HE5 & HE6 [South Korean 60s Psych/Fuzz Instros]

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HE5 & HE6 [he5 evolved in he6] were most popular groups in South Korea at 60s and 70s. Their three lps from ’69/’71 are all instro slabs full of psychedelic wah/fuzzed-out instros & funky jams. Interesting is their cover of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” on “Merry Christmas” lp. Don’t get me wrong, I hate world music but this is pretty cool. Let’s dance to the South Korean Go Go Sound !!!

 

 

 

 

 

THE HONDELLS – 4CD Collection !!!

 

“The Hondells were a west coast surf/hot rod band in the early 60’s that had songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared in several movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Beach Party”.
The band toured throughout the United States with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and played with a USO tour in Vietnam. They released several albums and singles on the Mercury label under the name of The Hondells. The main members of the band also played on and released songs as “The Weird-Oh’s” and “The Super Stocks”.
The band members were Richard “Ritchie” Burns, Wayne Edwards, Randy Thomas, Dennis McCarthy, Al Ferguson, Les Weiser and “King of The Fuzz” Davie Allan. Most of their material was produced by Gary Usher.”

Ugh! It’s gonna be a bit of overkill but for you ‘hard core’ fans of surf & hot rod Hondells style it’s never enough. I’ve already posted their classic ’64/’65 slabs [several times] and an collection, but these 4cd’s cover everything The Hondells crew recorded in the 60’s. Here you got albums, singles, alternate versions, commercials, rarities, their recordings as THE SUNSETS, THE FOUR SPEEDS, THE COMPETITORS, THE GHOULS [lp posted on old blog], THE SUPER STOCKS, THE GO-GO’S , with LLOYD THAXTON and GARY USHER. Everything you wanna know about your favorite Honda bikers is here, so c’mon… You’re Gonna Ride With The Hondells !!!