That photo above provided tonight's distraction. It's Eddie Bertrand, of Eddie and the Showmen, a Southern California surf band. He's at a party at Richard Delvy's house. Delvy was the drummer for the Challengers, another surf band. I think the girl in the photo is Kathy Marshall, the so-called "Queen of the Surf Guitar". Though there are supposedly a couple of known recordings of Marshall, nothing has ever been released so we'll never know. But who's to argue? I mean, how many girl surf guitarists were there? And she did play live, with the Showmen backing her.
|Greg Noll shows how it's done. Late fifties.|
I wasn't able to find anything by Eddie and the Showmen either, other than stuff on YouTube. So, as consolation, there's a link to a bunch of surf obscuros. There may be a handful of bands that you recognize, but there's a whole lot of no hit wonders. It's been posted before, but how many of you have heard them all anyway? There's somewhere between forty and fifty of them (a few links are dead). Some are so-so, but some are seriously tweaked. Shit, the song titles and band names alone are worth a look.
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Eddie and the Showmen - Squad Car (streaming) at YouTube
The Challengers - Surf Beat (Full LP streaming) at YouTube
The big bag:
A Surfer's Mood - Compiled by Phillip Cohen at Big O Dozens of individual obscure surf mp3s.
Kathy Marshall at Real Live Sound